Amateur adventurer, food lover and freelance writer. Peace.
Published August 3rd 2014
By coffee lovers, for coffee lovers
Hidden behind a large glass sliding door a little way up Coogee Street in Mount Hawthorn, I found Humblebee Coffee Roasters. The first thing I noticed after walking through the door was the walls. Made of deconstructed recycled pallets that were now and again painted in eye-catching colours, the walls were beautifully contrasted with the slick semi-gloss black of the floor and cabinets of the unique space. Dotted around the room, minimalist native flower arrangements in unobtrusive glass vases, and stools made from hollowed out sections of tree trunks added to the raw modern but earthy beauty of the space.
The second thing I noticed was the equally large or perhaps bigger workspace abutting the cafe that was separated by a tinted glass door and windows. It was evident by the 15kg Probat roaster at one end of the room, the Giesen 1kg roaster in the middle of the room, and the comparatively tiny test roaster at the other end of the room, that this was where the magic happened. By magic I mean the roasting, tasting and creation of handcrafted blends, carefully formulated by roaster and Humblebee owner, Zach.
With the focus being on a good roast, Humblebee only has a limited offering of food. Croissants, chocolate croissants and cute mini fruit donuts are among the baked goods adorning the food cabinet. All pastries are $3.50 with the exception of the donuts, priced at $2.50. This, however, doesn't seem to deter the clientele. It was clear that everyone that came in to the coffee bar that Saturday afternoon was passionate about coffee. Some customers were just dropping in to buy their week's supply while others were happy lingering sans food with just their cup and the newspaper. It was the kind of place where you could easily become a 'regular'.
If you're passionate about coffee or are looking to get into boutique coffee, Humblebee, with its selection of single-origin coffees and knowledgeable staff, is the place to go. In 30 minutes I went from "regular, soy flat white, please" to knowing what a filter brew is, what single-origin really means and what a good cup of coffee tastes like. Drop in and educate yourself, because that's what Humblebee Coffee Roasters is all about - good coffee, by coffee lovers for coffee lovers.