Taking inspiration from the original espresso bars of Italy, Perth’s coffee culture certainly appreciates the importance of a reliable morning recharge. There is no shortage of quality espresso bars, catering for the quick coffee fix. Pull up a stool and read on for our selection of must-try espresso bars in Perth.

Standing Room Only

Just as its name suggests, Standing Room Only is all about the coffee, designed for coffee on the go or a counter-top morning pit-stop. The team utilises a number of different brewing methods, whether you’re after an espresso shot, cold-drip or syphon, V60 pour-over. Bean aficionados can get excited about the varieties on offer, ranging from blended to single-origin and sourced from all over the globe.

Standing Room Only
Piccadilly Arcade, Perth
Open 6:30am-3pm

Mo Espresso

Run by a father and son team, the friendly and relaxed atmosphere at Mo Espresso is palpable. Putting Australian coffee-roasters at the forefront, options for coffee include locally-produced Five Senses, Mecca from Sydney, and Dukes from Melbourne. Nestled within the heritage-listed Trinity Arcade, this haunt is a much-loved refuge for inner city workers and shoppers alike.

Mo Espresso
Shop 2019-210, Trinity Arcade, 72 St. Georges Terrace
Open 6:30am-3pm

Lowdown

The morning crowds at Lowdown are a well-known sight in the city, and the joint is buzzing with office-dwellers for the larger part of the day. With an espresso machine churning out single-origin by Perth roaster Fiori and a batch brewed filter coffee by Melbourne’s Market Lane, they have all bases covered. Can’t get into the city to have their brew everyday? Buy a bag of their beans next time you’re in.

Lowdown
Cloisters Arcade, Shop 10, 865 Hay St Perth
Open 7am-4pm

Bossman Coffee

Popular amongst the locals, Bossman Coffee is serving up its own Twin Peaks blend. Encapsulating the essence of an espresso bar, here you will find bar stools and an emphasis on serving coffee – pure and simple. With a small selection of tasty Greek and Middle-Eastern sweet and savoury snacks also available, you can satisfy your sweet tooth while you’re at it.

Bossman Coffee
Shop 3, 669 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley
Open 7am-4pm

Engine Room Espresso

Originally set up by a trio of fire fighters, Engine Room Espresso has retained the low-key vibe it was intended to exude. In contrast with its casual atmosphere, they take their coffee-brewing very seriously. Try their house blend coffee or single-origin bean of the month. On sunnier days, you can sneak around the side to their hidden laneway and enjoy one of their delicious toasted bagels alfresco-style.

Engine Room Espresso
450c Fitzgerald St, North Perth
Open 6:30am-2pm

Humblebee Coffee

With a focus on minimalism, this specialty coffee roaster and bar has kept its priorities in order. Using a micro roasting technique where the coffee is roasted in small batches, a taste test is conducted to confirm that the beans are of the highest quality. Humblebee’s espresso roasts are seasonally-selected and the handcrafted blends aim to capture the diverse flavour profiles of the beans. With additives actively discouraged – as they are said to detract from the flavour of the beans – this is one for the purists!

Humblebee Coffee
77 Coogee St, Mt Hawthorn
Open Mon-Sat 6:30am-12:30pm; Sun 7:30am-12:30pm

Grouch and Co

Beans are selected carefully by Grouch and Co and are sourced from farmers all over the world. all beans are roasted in house, then each shot is weighed before being pulled through Grouch’s custom-built Slayer machines, then into your cup. The store is jam packed with an all-you-need selection of equipment and great coffee for your own home, including speciality blends and brew gear.

Grouch and Co
45 McCoy St, Myaree
Open Mon-Fri 6:30am-2pm; Sat 8am-12pm

Image credit: Standing Room Coffee Facebook, Gretta Carroll, Mo Espresso Facebook, Lowdown Facebook, Bossman Facebook, Engine Room Coffee Facebook, Humblebee Coffee Facebook, Grouch and Co Facebook

 

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