All posts tagged: specialty coffee

Padre | East Brunswick

We’ve been living in Brunswick for two and a half years, a part of the world where the entry requirements include knowledge of specialty coffee (the border patrol stop everyone at Brunswick Road – we take your coffee credentials real serious around here). We have a number of favourite coffee roastersΒ that we visit on a regular basis, and they all offerΒ incredible brews, obviously. The first coffee roaster we would like to highlight is Padre.Β Practically a Brunswick coffee institution, originally named The East Brunswick Project, this project soon became the fully formed entity that has spread its wings across a number of Melbourne’s cafes. From East Elevation just down the road to newer places like Heresy in the CBD, their beans are readily available, and thank god too! There’s clearly something in the beans, because everyone who ever visits Padre comes away with a smile. Even the staff are fantastic, and we often visit at 7am on the dot; right when they open. Their shop is hard to miss on Lygon Street, with a strong black …

Sprolo Delicousness on Canning Highway

We have become quite addicted to Sprolo coffee since they opened and tend to find ourselves there for coffee most mornings. Despite our frequent fly by visits we had only eaten there once, and headed over with some friends for a another taste of their food! The coffee was the standard we have come to expect from them, complex and rich flavour, creamy milk, perfect temperature. Nothing less then delicious and not surprising since their baristas have been kicking goals since they opened, placing in the WA Barista championships and the latte art competitions (great job Rie and Gabe!). The latte art does their achievements justice. This visit we also discovered their iced drinks, and without a doubt they look impressive arriving at your table. We couldn’t help but order the same beef toastie as last time, so I won’t go through that again, but this time we did chose a couple of different options. First up is the banana bread with espresso caramel. It was a very cheap option, and being a fan of …

Epic Espresso

Some time ago and at the very beginning of a discovery of a thing called coffee (now my life is defined by a ‘before’ and an ‘after’) I visited Epic Espresso. I don’t remember much from the visit besides the feeling of heaven in that first, perfect sip. It’s safe to say there was a lot riding on this visit. The cafe is deceptively spacious once you get past the crowd waiting for their takeaway coffees and we took a seat towards the back. We headed back to the counter to place our orders and didn’t need to wait too long, the coffee arriving just before the food being a testament to the speed of their kitchen as opposed to the lack of it by their baristas. The coffee was good, by all accounts very good even. The latter art was lovely, it was served at perfect drinking temperature and had a rich flavour. But it didn’t have that wow factor I remembered, it doesn’t help that coffee is a tricky beast to get consistent …

Sprolo: Specialty Coffee and Cheap Eats

An unexpected haven for coffee lovers Sprolo, on Canning Highway is the new specialty coffeehouse and in house roaster South of Perth. There’s so much room, and plenty of stylish decor. The cafe is modern and light with a splash of colour. We could see the cafe being a great venue for coffee and a chat, morning teas and parents with prams, they have the space to accommodate large groups too. Gabe, or ‘honey’ as we know him is just lovely. He’d got our names down within a few days of their soft opening and he and the rest of the staff are friendly and efficient. You’ll need to make your order and pay at the counter so be sure to have a chat while you’re at it. We’ve found their coffee, roasted in house by blacklist coffee roasters, to be absolutely delicious. We’ve lost track of how many we’ve had since they opened and from the first sip they’ve been rich and creamy and the temperature just right. There’s no doubt in our minds …

Lt Nics Specialty Coffee

Walking down Lonsdale street and in need of a caffeine fix, we spied Lt Nick. This narrow little coffee shop is typical of Melbourne, with the counter taking up most of the space and a smattering of wooden furniture squeezed around the edges. The staff were great, relaxed and friendly, happy to chat with us. There were lots of sweet and savoury treats available too and we couldn’t help but try some of them out. The coffee was well presented and creamy. The flavour delicious from the first to the last mouthful and what you’d expect for specialty coffee. We also tried a blonde and a croissant. While the food was good, it was pretty expensive for what it was, though we really enjoyed the coffee. Lt Nics is a good stopover while exploring the sights in Melbourne, but is better suited to takeaway coffee due to the limited amount of dining space. Be sure to hit the follow button to keep up to date with the latest foodie goodness! You can now find me …

Market Lane Melbourne: For the Love of COFFEE

If you’ve read even a single post from frenchtoastandindiepop you’ll know we love coffee. Love may not even be enough to describe how we feel about coffee. We live it and breathe it and for all we’ve consumed over the years we’re probably made of it now too. That’s why after leaving Doughboys we were completely incapable of walking past Market Lane. Coffee is a love we share with many, and when you find a cafe that understand this obsessive and all consuming infatuation, you can’t help but feel at home. Coffee is what Market Lane do, it’s the only thing they do, and everything about the space they occupy is crafted to showcase this love. They don’t just want you to drink their coffee, they want you take it home and be able to savour it in your own time and will provide you with all the tools you need to do so. Best of all Market Lane give you the opportunity to sit behind the baristas and watch them at their craft. The …

Addison and Steele: Coffee and Bagels

As people who really, reaaaalllyyyy love our coffee, excited is probably not the right word to describe our reaction to the opening of Addison and Steele in North Perth. You’ll find it on Fitzgerald st, near the Rosemount and pot black. Its conception is just another sign of the growth of the Perth coffee scene, and the spread into traditionally less fashionable parts of the city. The space they’ve put together is rather wonderful. It’s sleek and styled in black and white, but the focus is always on the coffee. Whether it’s the espresso machine or the myriad of alternative brew techniques, you can’t escape it wherever you look. It should come as no surprise that given the abundance of coffee and brew methods available we chose a tasting plate to share. The fact that they offer the tasting plates of coffee is a big plus for A&S, it really showcases everything they have on offer. Unfortunately as it’s coming into winter they didn’t offer a cold brew, but were happy to substitute it for …

Architects and Heroes

Welcome to Architects and Heroes, the long awaited venture from the guys (and girls) behind Maven Espresso. You’ll find them in an awesome space on Rokeby Road in Subiaco. It’s obvious they’ve taken great care in putting it all together and it all feels fully formed, right down to the amazing art on the walls. Above all else though, Architects and Heroes is about a love of specialty coffee. Like the recently opened Addison and Steele, you’ll find evidence of this love wherever you look. We didn’t have much time to spend on our visit, so we opted for a quick white coffee. The latte art was beautiful, and the coffee itself was rich and sophisticated. Like Maven, they also use Code Black beans, bringing the flair of Melbourne coffee to little ole Perth. If you’re looking for specialty coffee, from people as passionate about it as you are, look no further then Architects and Heroes! We will be back to sample more coffee, their filter and syphon were calling to us but would require …

Gordon Street Garage Revisit

Ah Gordon Street Garage, our old favourite for interesting, reliably good food and coffee, but still with a relaxed, hipster vibe. As with previous visits the coffee was divine. Gordon Street Garage do a strong and interesting brew and their latte art is lovely. We ordered second coffees and were just as impressed, the ability to make consistently good coffee is a real skill, and not too many venues can pass the two coffee test. We shared a beautifully toasted banana bread with a rich chocolate mascarpone. The bread was moist, and arrived hot with delectably crispy edges. The only downside was that the banana flavour was a little overwhelmed with cinnamon. This coconut rice pudding has to be one of the more unique breakfasts we’ve tried in Perth at the moment. It was a large serving of creamy, coconut-y goodness. The rice was soft, without disintegrating and the bursts of pineapple added a tart hit, that cut through the creaminess. A hint of lime tied the whole dish together. The rich tomato dish is …

It’s in the SMALL PRINT (Bakery and Roastery)

Tucked away at the basement level of the print hall complex, it wouldn’t be surprising if you never noticed this place. Small Print is a bakery and roastery, serving wicked coffee and baked goods as well as having a limited breakfast menu. Today was a coffee and pastry kinda day though so we settled on a latte, some cold brew, a raspberry Danish and a chocolate scroll. Cold brew in a bottle, oh coffee and convenience gods to you we are forever grateful! We drank about half of it there and took the rest home to have with sparkling water. The cold brew really brings out the subtle flavours, and allows you to really savour your morning coffee. Bliss! Plus for $5, if you mix it with sparkling water you’re getting pretty awesome value for money. The latte was fantastic, full of flavour, strong and creamy. The temperature was perfect, it was designed to drink straight away, not after traveling to the office to let it cool. I love how many places roast their own …