Hot Chocolate Art

While many would agree that making a good cup of coffee is an art form in itself, baristas at the Library’s neighbouring cafe The Topiary Pantry use their down time to perfect their latte and hot chocolate art.

Barista and Topiary Pantry Manager Liz prepares her milk froth...

Barista and Topiary Pantry Manager Liz prepares her milk froth…

Milk needs to be carefully heated and frothed to provide the perfect base to create some seriously cool pics. The milk should be very creamy and consistent with small light bubbles (no big dishwatery ones please).

Three scoops of milk froth = teddy bear head

Three scoops of milk froth = teddy bear head

To create the teddy bear on this hot chocolate, Liz used three dollops of white froth for the head and used the pointy end of the milk thermometer to dip in the chocolate and draw teddy’s face.

Teddy bear gets his nose

Teddy bear gets his nose

And gets a mouth...

And gets his mouth…


Seriously sweet - enjoy some latte art with a Lady Alice biscuit.

Seriously sweet – enjoy some hot chocolate art with a Lady Alice biscuit from The Topiary Pantry.

The planets are all aligned on this hot chocolate.

Another example – the planets are all aligned on this hot chocolate.

Request some hot chocolate or latte art for yourself next time you visit The Topiary Pantry, which is located next to the Tea Tree Gully Library. There’s nothing like a cute pic on your cuppa to pick you up and put a smile on your face!

Best coffee in Adelaide…

Coffee at Bar 9


We were chatting in the lunchroom the other day about where to get the best coffee in Adelaide.

Everyone has their favourite places and really it comes down to personal taste but here are the top spots according to Library coffee lovers.


Top spots for coffee
The Coffee Barun – Main North Road, Sefton Park
Taylor Blend – Hallett Road, Stonyfell
Bar 9 – Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood
Cibo – everywhere
Muratti Cakes – Prospect Road, Prospect (served with a slice of dried apricot dipped in chocolate and a glass of water)
Cafe Buongiorgno – North East Road, Modbury

To find out a bit more about coffee, have a look at these titles next time you’re  in the Library or search for more via the online catalogue.

Home coffee roasting: romance and revival by Kenneth Davids
Coffee: discovering, exploring, enjoying by Hattie Ellis
Coffee crazy (DVD) – join champion barista Paul Bassett on a journey to find the world’s perfect cup of coffee.

While you’re in the Library, try the coffee at Scribes Cafe.

We’d really like to find out where you go for that all important great coffee, so please leave us a comment so we can give it a try!