The best decision we ever made at out workplace was to upgrade our coffee machine. The new one is a Jura, it is shiny and beautiful and turns out a pretty good single or double shot.
The other day my friend and I worked out that collectively, we had gone through an entire kilo of coffee beans in under 36 hours. This was somewhat disturbing, and yet relieving, because I realised that I was not alone in my caffeine dependence. Lol. Anyway, I figure that if it’s good enough for preterm babies, it’s good enough for me.
Coffee to me is significant on so many different levels – as a social meeting point with friends, as a much needed kickstart to get through the day (with a few more throughout to achieve and maintain steady state), an enjoyable past time of sampling and trying to find the best brew in town; even the type of bean you purchase is a statement in itself (fair-trade vs. organic, single origin vs. blends). It boggles the mind really.
Anyway, I thought I would put it out there for the collective purpose of discovering new and wonderful places – what and where are your favourite cafes? For coffee, for tea, for the view, for a bite, for whatever…
Here are some of mine in no particular order…(ask me for any specific details)
Boucla (Subiaco): nearly everything in this tiny cafe is for sale – so careful not to break anything! The standard coffee is terrific (Fiori coffee is used), for those needing serious energising, try the Greek coffee – it is powerful stuff…they also have great homemade cakes and some interesting sounding teas, which are quite good according to a friend.
Epic Espresso (West Perth): These guys are truly retentive about their coffee *approves* For gorgeous latte art look no further…also their Belgium coverture hot chocolate is seriously good.
Wild Fig Café (Waterman): great breakfasts – organic as well, and spectacular views by the ocean (and less pretentious than Cottesloe). They also have a range of gluten free cakes which are delicious.
Riki Blake’s Café (North Perth): this is probably one of my favourite places for dessert on a weekend. There is usually live jazz music, in the form of Henni, the saxophonist. The chocolate raspberry silk tart is so good. Hot chocolate here is great too.
Sayers (Leederville): the locals are on to a good thing here, this place is buzzing. Seriously classy café food beautifully presented (no stale foccacias here) and good coffee. Not open for dinner (yet) unfortunately!
Aubergine Gourmet Foods (Fremantle): great breakfasts and lunches by the sidewalk. Try the corn fritters with aioli and Persian fetta, or the salmon and potato hotcake.
Max Brenner (Sydney, Melbourne): because sukao – dissolving chocolate in hot milk and then sucking it up through a straw is fun, and anything involving fondue is win.
Koko Black (Melbourne): for those who take chocolate seriously…
Lemon Espresso (Claremont): tiny and with high traffic. The coffee is good, and the chilli hot chocolate is definitely worth a try.
Café Café (Subiaco): The coffee is decent, but not fantastic; however it’s a great place to hang out in on lazy weekend arvos and watch the world go by.
Moon Café (Perth): when it’s the wee hours and what you really want is some serious comfort food – a burger or a big plate of nachos and a mug of hot chocolate and marshmellows – this dimly lit café with the retro laid back vibe is the way to go.
Milkd (North Perth): a small funky café serving strong coffee, great fruit salads and cute cupcakes.
Berry Farm (Margaret River): okay, I know this isn’t technically a café, but they make great afternoon tea…the scones are massive and served with homemade jam and thick cream, and the homemade berry pie is completely comforting.
So, what are your favourite places?