Author: Alex Murfett
Longing for a spot where the coffee comes first? In Perth, you’ll have a choice of quality espresso bars, catering for the quick coffee fix. Taking inspiration from the original espresso bars of Italy, our coffee culture certainly appreciates the importance of a reliable morning recharge. Pull up a bar stool and read on for our top picks of must-try espresso bars around Perth.
Standing Room Only, Piccadilly Arcade on Hay Street
Just as its name suggests, Standing Room Only is all about the coffee, designed for coffee on the go or a counter-top morning pit-stop. The team utilises a number of different brewing methods, whether you’re after an espresso shot, cold-drip or syphon, V60 pour-over. Bean aficionados can get excited about the varieties on offer, ranging from blended to single-origin and sourced from all over the globe.
Lowdown, Cloisters Arcade on Hay Street
The morning crowds at Lowdown are a well-known sight in the city, and the joint is buzzing with office-dwellers for the larger part of the day. With an espresso machine churning out single-origin by Perth roaster Fiori and a batch brewed filter coffee by Melbourne’s Market Lane, they have all bases covered.
Mo Espresso, Trinity Arcade on St Georges Terrace
Run by a father and son team, the friendly and relaxed atmosphere at Mo Espresso is palpable. Putting Australian coffee-roasters at the forefront, options for coffee include locally-produced Five Senses, Mecca from Sydney, and Dukes from Melbourne. Nestled within the heritage-listed Trinity Arcade, this haunt is a much-loved refuge for inner city workers and shoppers alike.
Engine Room Espresso, North Perth
Originally set up by a trio of fire fighters, Engine Room Espresso has retained the low-key vibe it was intended to exude. In contrast with its casual atmosphere, they take their coffee-brewing very seriously. Try their house blend coffee or single-origin bean of the month – at the moment it’s from WA boutique roaster Pound!
Bossman Coffee, Mount Lawley
Popular amongst the locals, Bossman Coffee is serving up its own Twin Peaks blend. Encapsulating the essence of an espresso bar, here you will find bar stools and an emphasis on serving coffee – pure and simple. With a small selection of tasty Greek and Middle-Eastern sweet and savoury snacks also available, you can satisfy your sweet tooth while you’re at it.
Humblebee Coffee, Mount Hawthorn
With a focus on minimalism, this specialty coffee roaster and bar has kept its priorities in order. Using a micro roasting technique where the coffee is roasted in small batches, a taste test is conducted to confirm that the beans are of the highest quality. Their espresso roasts are seasonally-selected and their the handcrafted blends aim to capture the diverse flavour profiles of the beans. With additives actively discouraged – as they are said to detract from the flavour of the beans – this is one for the purists!
Grouch and Co, Myaree
At Grouch and Co, the beans are sourced from farmers all over the world and are roasted in-house. Then, the shots are carefully weighed and pulled through custom-built Slayer machines before filtering into your cup. Their store is also stocked with all you need to enjoy a caffettiera of great coffee within your own home, including a range of specialty blends and brew gear.