Somewhere caught between Day 3 and Day 4 of #CoffeeOfPerth, a couple of people posed a few important questions about this project. The two most popular were:
- "So, why are you doing this?"
- "How can you afford to do this?"
Even close friends were asking me, "what was the point?"
Admittedly I've given different answers almost every single time, but ultimately I'd like to reaffirm that I'm doing because I really do love enjoying a good coffee. As for the affording part of it; I don't work full time (yet, one more semester to go!) but I do take on casual/freelance work every now and then, plus receive some support from my gracious parents. I save a lot and dedicate a large portion of my savings to photography, as well as my food and travel discoveries - it's my true passion and I definitely don't mind investing in it.
My cousin called this 30 Days of Coffee project, "a long term investment" and to that, I truly agree. My aim is to find an elite, trusted handful of the best cafes around Perth, that serve the best coffee of which I can rely on and share with fellow coffee enthusiasts for many years to come. I recall the overflow of happiness I felt when after almost three long months, I finally had my coffee Eureka moment on my last day Moscow and since then, I've tried not to take Perth's wealth of gorgeous cafes for granted.
Do note that verdicts are scored out of 5 and for the sake of testing consistency, scores are representative of the experience I had that day, irregardless of how much or how little I have enjoyed previous experiences. I don't always stick to the same type of coffee, out of preference and also to test a menu's consistency across the board - a good cafe should be able to perform regardless of beverage, no?
Day One - To The Woods
It seemed fitting that I began my search for Perth's best coffee at To The Woods; I do wish to live deliberately and I do not want to ever discover that I had not lived at all. It's a great quote and definitely served as a reminder to "keep on keeping on". This quiet, cosy cafe on Old Perth Road came as a surprise to me; I was brought "To The Woods" by a friend who claims that this Bassendean strip will eventually become the new Maylands.
Coffee: Long Macchiato, topped up full.
Coffee Beans: Crema
Notes: Earthy aroma, minimal acidity. Great body and viscosity with a rich and dark flavour. Long lasting aftertaste that literally sent shockwaves up my skull. It's definitely a good morning pick-me-up.
My only criticism is that the coffee was not filled to the brim but it definitely met my expectations when it came to flavour and intensity. Looking forward to seeing a full menu and more from this little cafe!
Day Two - Foam Coffee Bar
Coffee: Long Macchiato topped up and a standard Latte.
Coffee Beans: Dark Horse by 5 Senses.
Notes: Dark Horse is definitely one of those very taste distinct blends from 5 Senses; it's very rich and aromatic. The Latte faired better than the Long Mac did; there wasn't enough texture in the milk for my liking and for some reason they both had the same degree of strength, taste wise.
Definitely not the worst; but I'd like to see what else Leederville has to offer too. I'd definitely come back to try brunch at Foam some time too, as they do have a cute fit out and a delicious sounding all day menu.
Day Three - Santi's
Coffee: "Dirty Chai" - Chai Latte with Espresso
Coffee Beans: Santi's Rainforest Alliance House Blend
Notes: For traditionalists, this might not be considered a "real coffee", but irregardless, I'm a fan. I was already a fan of their Chai Latte previously, as well as being a fan of their coffee, so why not combine the best of both worlds? It has a perfect combination of sweet malasis and a slight bitterness which I find both interesting and unique.
Day Four - The Sparrow's Nest
Coffee Beans: Grinders
Notes: I've been here a few times; both dine in and takeaway, marvelling this as one of the best Mochas in Perth. However, the day that I went, I definitely didn't get the usual kick out of the coffee as I usually do. It's one of the few late night cafes in Perth, plus it supports a great cause - I hope I won't be disappointed next time.
They serve a $12 all day, full breakfast which is unheard of in Perth - definitely on my to try list.
Day Five - Cioccolato Espresso
Coffee Beans: Buonissimo
Notes: This was one of my favourite cafes of 2012 and I frequent here often for their amazing Hollandaise Sauce and Mocha. Adding real chocolate shavings is a great unique wow factor that I appreciate here, but maybe I'm just not a fan of Buonissimo beans. I downed this one in a hurry; it surprised me how I got more coffee intensity from their Mochas...back to my usual I go.
Day Six - Mo Espresso
Coffee: Regular Long Macchiato, topped up full.
Coffee Beans: Crompton Road by Five Senses.
Notes: I love how nicely Mo Espresso is tucked into the iconic Trinity Arcade, there's not a lot of real estate to work with but I like how they accommodate customers who wish to dine in. As a CBD espresso bar, their coffee needs to be perky - in case you can't read the above, it says, "Heavy, well rounded, dark. An aftertaste that leaves quite the imprint." Not bad, but not my favourite; it was more down to personal taste preference rather than quality.
Day Seven - Lowdown
Coffee: Regular Long Macchiato, topped up full.
Coffee Beans: Fiori
Notes: Strong, with musky flavours and a light finish; the milk was textured and frothy. I love coffee that boasts a variety of dimensions; flavours and textures included. This is probably one of the best that you'll find in the CBD; be weary of the long lines. The service was great too and I love how the best of the bunch was also the most affordable! I only wish their cafe was bigger so that I could perch here all afternoon!
Week 1 has definitely been interesting - I'm surprised that a few favourites fell short and definitely am pleased that two places that I hadn't visited before had risen up to the challenge; being To the Woods and Lowdown. Also glad to see that one of my favourite all day breakfast cafes; Santis has pulled up well too.
I was so excited to see a lot of other users sharing their pictures on #CoffeeOfPerth on Instagram; I like to think that coffee, like food has the ability to bring people together and cafes who focus on quality products and service should be honoured with a mention. I'm currently almost at the end of tasting my way through Week 2 and encourage those who can't wait till my weekly review to follow me on Instagram for direct daily updates! I've got 15 more days to go and hope to venture up into the Northern suburbs as well as explore more of the thriving CBD scene.