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The Black Addition Cafe Breathes New Life Into Tin Cat Cafe Space

Adelaide mobile café The Black Addition is bringing coffee, food and latte art to Rundle St.

The former Tin Cat Cafe building is a Kent Town institution. Not only is it a 1858 heritage building, but the former bakery was known as the home to Adelaide’s original hipster cafe, The Tin Cat, for 17 years before closing in November last year so owner, Claire Graham, could watch her children grow up. With plans for the site to be redeveloped by Hummingbird Homes, the space has been sitting vacant, until last week.

Located at 107 Rundle St, Kent Town, a new tenant has taken over the front of the building, setting up a pop-up cafe, much to the delight of locals who have been crying out for something new since the Tin Cat Cafe left. The Black Addition was formerly a mobile coffee business which is now setting up shop in the old Tin Cat Cafe for 8-10 months, offering up sensational coffee and a small range of food. Owners, Sean and Alison Payne, are coffee experts, even running Barista and Latte Art training, so you know they know what they’re doing when it comes to coffee.

Open 7 days a week, from 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday and 1pm til sundown on Sundays, they’re serving breakfast, lunches, and afternoon tea as a part of their ever- changing menu. With favourites such as bacon and eggs on brioche, bagels and sandwiches made with all local ingredients and Bircher muesli with poached fruits, as well as a range of juices, smoothies, fresh salad and soup, you’re sure to find something (or many things) on the menu that tickle your fancy.

They believe in the sanctity of quality coffee, and focus on doing that right. They’re the first to bring coffee beans from Pablo and Rusty’s to Adelaide, and with their beautiful Victoria Arduino Black Eagle VA388 Specht Design coffee machine customised by the Sydney-based coffee roasters, you can expect nothing but some of the best coffee you’ve tasted. They also partner with other local businesses who are specialists in their own areas – like local chef Adam Rocco at Local Grind who are creating food specifically for the customers of The Black Addition, and cakes from From The Wild.

Coffee is such a huge part of Alison and Sean’s life that they were even married in a cafe in 2010 – Jones The Grocer on King William Rd. They began their coffee catering business in 2015, bringing the full cafe service to private and corporate events, with the aim to start a cafe of their own one day. This is a dream they have now achieved, and they couldn’t be more excited.

Since it opened last week, they’ve been packed with locals, baristas, friends and people who work in the area who are loving the activation of the space. While construction for the new apartment & office development will begin in the coming weeks, the pop up cafe will sit tight for now before moving into the development upon completion.

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