The daily coffee routine is something that’s changed for many of us during these times of isolation. While we can still venture out for a takeaway brew, it’s not the same without the usual customer-to-barista interaction.
Chances are you have some form of brewing equipment at home, be it a plunger, Moka pot, Aeropress or even a proper espresso machine. If you don’t, maybe it’s time to invest; it’s better than cracking open that two-year-old jar of instant that’s hidden at the back of the cupboard.
Thankfully, Perth’s coffee roasters are still hard at work and selling beans online to keep us caffeinated in these trying times. Here are five worth checking out. Before you buy, see our guide to brewing coffee at home to learn how to get the best from your beans.
Twin Peaks Coffee Roasters
This Morley-based roaster is a fixture in more than 20 Perth cafes, and a regular guest for filter in many more. Blends and rotating single origins are available for one-off purchases, as well as fortnightly and monthly subscription options. Shipping is free in the Perth metro area, and free on all orders over $60 Australia-wide. The Twin Peaks website also offers handy guides on getting the most out of filter coffee, whether you’re brewing by French press, pour-over or Aeropress.
Lathlain-based coffee roaster and namesake cafe Laika hit the Perth coffee scene with a bang in 2018. All Laika coffees are single origin and there’s always a wide range to select from. Subscriptions are available if choosing is too tricky. Shipping is free, and coffee can be pre-ground for espresso and filter. Keep an eye on social media for discount codes. If you’re not a confident home barista, Laika also sells compostable, Nespresso-compatible capsules in three varieties.
Perhaps best-known as the cafe where many Perth baristas go for coffee (not to mention a great Reuben sandwich), Modus also roasts its own coffee. Though the range is relatively small, the quality is exceptional. Modus’ Singles Club is a monthly single-origin subscription, available as whole beans or pre-ground for any brewing method. Pour-over and Aeropress equipment are also available from the Modus website.
Blacklist Coffee Roasters
Blacklist is one of Perth’s best-known coffee roasters and has been winning national awards for its coffee since 2015. Its beans will be familiar to many local cafe-goers, through both its Blacklist and Queen Bee brands. There are plenty of single-origins and blends available to buy online, including handy bundles and subscriptions if you’re not sure where to start. Keep an eye on social media for free shipping codes. Blacklist also sells Nespresso-compatible pods, a range of filter equipment, and even a coffee meat rub to amp up your isolation grilling.
Margaret River Roasting Company
Wine isn’t the only drink coming out of Margaret River. This roaster is currently offering four blends and seven single origins, so there’s plenty to choose from. The crew is also producing live videos through Facebook and Instagram: Talking Coffee offers an insight into the industry every Tuesday at 10am, and training videos every Thursday at 10am cover techniques such as brewing and latte art.
With Perth’s coffee scene as strong as it is, we could easily have written a paragraph about every specialty roaster in the city. But for concision’s sake, we decided not to. In no particular order, here’s a bunch of other outfits worth buying beans from.
Humblebee Coffee Roasters
Community Coffee Co
Leftfield Coffee Roasters
Five Senses Coffee
Grouch & Co
Mano a Mano
Gesha Coffee Co
La Veen Coffee
Little Owl Coffee Roasters
Loaded Craft Coffee Roasters
Crema Coffee Co