All posts tagged: specialty coffee

Lattes at La Veen on King

Located in the heritage listed building at the corner of King and Wellington Streets, La Veen is yet another cafe that loves it’s coffee and we couldn’t wait to try it for ourselves. The interior is spacious and combines red brick with slick black tiles. It’s impossible not to notice their Synesso, and the wealth of coffee paraphernalia in the store is enough to make any coffee lover weep. We started with a fresh strawberry, watermelon and lime juice. The strawberry was deliciously sweet and ripe, and was a perfect match with the lime. A refreshing drink with lots of flavour, unlike others that can be quite bland especially when watermelon is included. We were so excited to try the coffee, we’d heard great things and were not disappointed. For a start the latte art was great, and the coffee was at a drinkable temperature the moment it arrived at our table. The coffee was creamy, with a nice strong flavour without being bitter. It wasn’t just good, it was brilliant. The menu at La …

Chik and Kent

Twas two days before Christmas and all through the city not a coffee house was open, not one that I liked. What does one do when all the usual places you haunt are closed? Firstly get angry at the world that you can’t get your coffee fix, and then venture to somewhere you’ve been meaning to get to with fingers crossed they’ll be open. Luckily for me this plan worked and I ended up at Chik and Kent on the West end of Murray street. Chik and Kent are one of the more unique coffee venues in that they don’t do the usual fare. You can’t get a latte, cappuccino, flat white or any of the usual coffee options. The choices are black, white or filter. The baristas were really friendly, and happy to chat with me about the coffee. They want to simplify coffee, similar to discussions with baristas at Maven Espresso and take it back to more uniform standards. Australians have their own coffee culture, centering mostly around quite milky coffees, or coffee …

Specialty Coffee at Maven Espresso

Maven Espresso a specialty coffee house located in Raine Square. Its exterior is unassuming, it’s located in the middle of the mall and has very little space of anything beyond take away. Were you to walk past Maven you wouldn’t necessarily be able to identify it as different from any other coffee shop in the CBD, and that’s the way they like it. It was the brainchild of Ron and Lyly, coffee aficionados in their own rights (you may remember Ron from the Australian Barista Academy, he has since worked as a specialty roaster for five senses in Melbourne and is now back in Perth). I was a little hesitant starting this review because although I consider myself a coffee snob, there’s still a big divide between me and the true coffee people, well specialty baristas who live and breathe coffee. Lucky for me the very talented and passionate Callum, a barista at Maven was on hand to run through everything with me. Maven is a specialty coffee house, and they exist to not only …