When you have a job that only takes up 3-4 hours of the day, you acquire significant amounts of free time. One might even say obscene amounts of free time. So much free time that you have absolutely no idea what to do because, unlike real adults with 9am-5pm jobs, there is quite literally too many hours in the day.
Now there are professional soccer players that fill this time with incredibly productive activities (i.e. creating a clothing line, volunteering at animal shelters, taking online classes, solving world hunger, etc). And I applaud those highly productive members of society. I, however, just happen to not be one of them [yet?]. THUS, in order to NOT feel like a lazy human that just binge watches Netflix, I’ve decided to explore Adelaide and see what this beautiful beach city has to offer.
And in doing so, I’ve most definitely developed a massive caffeine addiction.
They say New York City is the city that never sleeps; but I have no idea how anyone in Adelaide sleeps with the amount of coffee flowing through the streets. Now to avoid a potential Craigslist Killer/Stalker situation, I won’t disclose where exactly I’m living here. But I will tell you that there are over 175 coffee shops within a 2.5 mile radius of my apartment. Honestly, I could not tell you the total number of coffee shops in all of Adelaide; not because Google lacks the information, but purely because I am too lazy to count them all.
Let me put this into perspective for some of you:
Adelaide, Australia is about 1,258 square miles in area with a population of about 1.3 million people. Houston, Texas (the 4th largest city in the U.S.) is about 8,778 square miles with a population of 2.3 million people. Now for the main stat: there are about 200 coffee shops (including Starbucks) in the ENTIRE CITY of Houston. So basically there are nearly the same amount of coffee shops in the 2.5 mile radius of my apartment than there are in all of Houston. Now maybe it’s because I’m just incredibly bored and in need of any kind of mental stimulus that I find this stat to be so mind blowing. And perhaps you’re sitting there on your computer or phone thinking that you’ve wasted the last 5 minutes of your time reading statistics that don’t really alter your life in any way, shape, or form. If that is the case, which I hope it is not, then I apologize and have included some aesthetically pleasing pictures of the coffee shops I have visited [see below].
***Fun Fact: When you ask for a coffee down here, it is NOT in fact a black, drip coffee that you will receive from the kind baristas. Rather, “coffee” here is actually a latte; thus you will only see pictures of lattes below because I haven’t figured out how to order a drip coffee yet. I also feel extremely bad for the baristas I have encountered and thoroughly confused with my inability to describe a plain drip coffee, so if one of you happens to stumble upon this post, I apologize.
Argo On the Parade
The Turmeric Latte (hot and iced) was absolutely amazing and an interesting rust color The Passion-ite smoothie was the perfect combo of healthy greens and sweet mango
Protein Balls Adelaide
Matcha Latte was pretty good, although I prefer their regular Latte. The name of their store suits their incredible protein balls; I’ve only tried their Cake Batter but my roommate (Amber Brooks) has tried the others and is a major supporter. THEIR SMOOTHIE BOWLS–to die for I would go back every day for these if funds permitted.
Every morning I walk to the Coffee Institute to get an iced latte and it never disappoints. No need for any additional sweeteners and it’s so refreshing to wake up to each day
We’ve been to plenty more to cafes down here but I just haven’t had the wits to capture the moment to share with you all. STAY TUNED for post #2