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Published March 10th 2015
Part 1 of my coffee series, we visit a local Perth roastery
If you haven't noticed, there is a coffee revolution sweeping Perth. I'm here to make sure you all capitalise. My mission in this series of articles is to hunt down and divulge some of the most unique and exciting options. Join me on an Indiana Jones style coffee adventure.
First stop, Humblebee Coffee, Mt Hawthorn.
The beauty is in the detail, a humble bee looks over my long black
The most defining feature of Humblebee is that these guys not only brew coffee, they roast it too (well, the beans). On-site! Established in 2012, owner Zach Huynh coordinates the roasting process in a room adjacent to a 'coffee bar'.
My research informs me the lingo is 'micro-roasting'. This is a method of roasting coffee in small batches. Each batch is subject to a stringent taste test that ensures the flavour is spot on.
Now this is where it gets a little bit tricky. Humblebee's roasting repertoire does not end with the humble espresso bean (the type of bean most of us are familiar with). 'Filter' beans are also a crucial part of the set up. The lovely barista on duty, Mascha, gave me the low down on this alien bean. In a nutshell, less roasting time means filter beans exhibit more floral and/or fruity flavours. A personal taste test certainly proved this theory.
In the Humblebee brew house, weird and wonderful filtration methods are on display (ever heard of a 'shakerato'?). If you have even a hint of coffee curiosity in your bones, do yourself a f(l)avour and try a filter coffee. For those that can't get enough, you can purchase your own merchandise in store.
Humblebee has been turning heads not solely because they roast a mean bean. The business has an interesting coffee philosophy. Decaf, chocolate, skinny and soy are taboo. On face value this may seem controversial but once you drill down to the reason behind it, things start making sense. Humblebee is first a 'roastery' and second, a 'coffee bar'. The bar is their main avenue to get people tasting the beans roasted next door. This also explains why they push black coffee which lends itself to a more intense and full flavour experience.
So don't be offended (or for that matter think of it as coffee snobbery) if your normal coffee order is not on the menu. Try something different and you'll have a new experience to share with your caffeine allies.
In terms of the layout I have no complaints. A colourful wood finish adds vibrancy to the interior and the benches fronting the store provide an option for those who prefer to watch the world go by.
Confession: I walked out with a bag of Humblebee's single origin espresso beans, sourced from a Guatemalan coffee farm. The roasting date is marked clearly on the bag so you can be sure the product is fresh. One whiff of the freshly opened beans was all it took to rid myself of any purchase anxiety. Consider $14 a steal for a product made local with passion.
The coffee bar is open Monday to Friday, 6:30 to 2:30 and similar on Saturdays. Check their website for full details. I highly recommend you buzz (or bumble) on down and check out the concept for yourself.