The first half of 2019 has seen some welcome stability return to Perth’s cafe and coffee scene, although drinkers have had plenty of great openings to get excited about. Here’s Broadsheet’s pick of our favourite new cafes of the year.
Single-origin coffee sourced directly from Colombian farmers. Smoked meats, fermented chilli sauce and some of Perth’s best doughnuts, all made in-house. Mount Pleasant’s Artem Coffee may be small, but it punches way above its weight and has quickly established itself as one of the city’s best cafes. Get in early on weekends if you want a Reuben sandwich (you do).
Blacklist Coffee Roasters
The third incarnation of Blacklist’s Subiaco location is best described as a cellar door for coffee. There’s a focus on filter, with a $7 all you can drink “tasting bar” and rare single origins served in wine glasses. High-end products grace the retail shelves ranging from brewing equipment to Blacklist beans.
Micro Lote Coffee
Fremantle’s Micro Lote showcases the coffee of Asprounion, a cooperative of farmers and coffee producers based out of the town of La Union in southern Colombia. Featured local roasters include Leftfield, Pound, Antz Inya Pantz, Co Lab and Precision. The cafe’s decadent new toastie has Black Pig Deli pork rillette, Poach Pear spiced apple chutney and triple-cream brie.
Nearly two years after the closure of Moana Coffee, the historic Moana Chambers Hall on Hay Street reopened for business. The 100-person Moana Hall is a cafe, bar and events, space which can be booked for private functions and is also open to the public for pop-up events. Coffee is from Margaret River Roasting Co and sweet treats are from Ox Rabbit.
Pixel Coffee Brewers Claremont
Pixel’s owners celebrated their Leederville cafe’s fourth birthday in style by opening a cafe in Claremont with a striking fit out, Instagram-friendly coffee machine and close ties to Darkstar coffee. The new cafe remains true to Pixel’s ethos of being vegan-, vegetarian- and gluten-free friendly, with an expanded menu including high tea and dinner service.
The original Boo Espresso hole-in-the-wall is well known for its coffee, toasties and glass-skull mugs. Its new Northbridge sibling, just a few blocks away, adds an Italian-influenced all-day brunch menu and pizzas at night. The pizza style is a cross between Roman and Neapolitan, with topping combinations that go beyond the norm. Coffee from Northbridge Coffee Roasters is available at night, too.