If ever two words have caused a visceral reaction, it’s those.
If it’s not the prices being lambasted by those swanning back into town after a sojourn in Melbourne, it’s the general quality that becomes the subject of derision.
“Perth coffee sucks, man,” is an all-too-familiar refrain.
Well, we’re here to tell you differently.
Not only does Perth’s coffee scene not “suck”, we reckon it’s positively shining.
In these tough economic times, caffeine still seems a growth industry – what else can nix a foul morning mood in one bittersweet, milky hit?
So we asked our crack team of coffee junkies where the best place is for a java fix. Here’s what they had to say:
20. Livingstone’s Urban Jungle, Perth Cultural Centre
Located opposite the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Livingstone’s uses beans from local roaster Crema and churns out wonderful, consistent coffee day after day. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, their Brick Lane corned beef bagel is superb.
19. Milkd, 45 Eighth Avenue Maylands
With other locations in Angove Street, North Perth, and Denis Street, Subiaco, Milkd has never disappointed. The coffee team behind the machine is passionate about the craft, and they produce wonderful coffee every time.
18. Crib Cake+Coffee, Stargate Shopping Centre, 78 Charthouse Road, Waikiki
A newcomer, Crib Cake+Coffee uses Gesha beans (a specialty roaster based in Fremantle) and is fast carving out a niche down Rockingham way with its tasty and colourful caffeine creations.
17. Yahava Koffeeworks, 4752 West Swan Road, West Swan
The Swan Valley’s finest brew, Yahava is a boutique coffee roaster with a top-quality range of specialty beans.
16. Dunn and Walton, Shop 8, 257 Scarborough Beach Road, Doubleview
Love organic? Dunn and Walton uses certified organic beans from Joy Beans Coffee, local organic milk from Margaret River Creameries, purchased in 20-litre pails to reduce waste, and they recommend their house made almond milk for a dairy alternative. Now that’s coffee you can feel good about.
Port City Roasters isn’t a stereotypical cafe – it’s also a retail space, training facility, restaurant and wholesale warehouse in one. Run by passionate coffee professionals, you won’t find a bad cup at Port City Roasters.
14. DPM Cafe and Dawn Patrol Mobile Cafe
With a bricks and mortar store at 14 Mandurah Terrace, and a mobile coffee van patrolling the Peel region looking for souls to save, these guys are some serious coffee people. Utilising organic, fair trade beans their cold brew is a work of art.
13. Third Wheel, 408 South Terrace, Fremantle
Always worth a visit when you’re in need of a coffee down Fremantle way, Third Wheel has brilliant java and laid back vibes in abundance. Don’t forget to leave room for something sweet.
12. Posto Matto, 211 Main Street, Osborne Park
Meaning ‘mad house’ in Italian, Posto Matto is a new arrival to Osborne Park but is carving out a formidable reputation. Serving Campos coffee, their sweet treats are absolutely divine.
11. Artrogers Coffee, 163/15 Aberdeen Street, Perth
They’ve got ‘art’ in their name and they certainly put the art into cold brew coffee. Their hot stuff isn’t half bad either, and we’ve never been disappointed when we’ve gone to Artrogers for our fix.
10. Raymond’s, 4/91 Wanneroo Road, Tuart Hill
Raymond does fantastic coffee, and their service is professional and friendly. Locals are loving this hotspot, and it’s well worth a trip for those further afield.
9. Mary Street Bakery, 272 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Mary Street Bakery also has outlets in Highgate and Perth, but this is our favourite. With beans from Pound Coffee Roasters you simply cannot go wrong with a visit to this institution.
8. Gill Street Cafe and Deli, 13 Gill Street, Mosman Park
A part of the Mosman Park fabric since the 1950s, today the cafe hangs it on wonderful seasonal food and brilliant coffee.
7. Coffee Rescue, Curtin Avenue, Mosman Park
6. Cafe Elixir, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo
Wanneroo’s finest, Elixir uses Five Senses’ range of coffees, roasted here in WA. Their baristas undergo a “continual training program” to ensure the brew that makes it to your cup is the very best.
5. Frisch and Barc, 297 Canning Highway, Como
Frisch and Barc serves coffee from Top Shelf, and it’s a superb cup – every single time. The menu promises “a cup so captivating even the uninitiated become coffee lovers”. We agree.
4. Mooba, 7 Junction Boulevard, Cockburn Central
Another Five Senses disciple, Mooba is a Cockburn staple (and you can also get a cup of their coffee at the Perth Busport). With quality product and highly trained baristas, we’re yet to be disappointed.
3. Cafe Melograno, 67 Heytesbury Road, Subiaco
It took a lot of guts to muscle in on Subiaco institution Boucla’s territory, but Melograno has developed its own cult following in a short space of time. They do it with consistently great coffee, cup after cup. Whether its Jeff, Mel or Wesley making your brew – you can’t go wrong.
2. Hylin, 178 Railway Parade, West Leederville
If you’re not blown away by the stunning interiors at this West Leederville hotspot, you’re sure to be once you taste the stunning coffee – brewed with beans from Melville roastery Micrology.
1. Humblebee Coffee Roasters, 77 Coogee Street, Mt Hawthorn
Humblebee is specialty coffee roaster who also operate a coffee bar. They’re dedicated to producing the very best coffee, and their recipe is simple – small lots of coffee beans, roasted in small batches, and served fresh. They do all that, in a lovely, relaxed setting. It gets our vote for Perth’s number one coffee.