I am a freelance writer from Perth who is passionate about food and loves exploring new and exciting places. My best trait is that I am honest...and my worst trait is that I am honest. I will provide reviews that are well thought out and fair.
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Swan Valley is a gem that many of you might not have heard of. Yahava Koffeeworks is an interesting place and if you are a coffee connoisseur, or if you simply enjoy coffee, tea, flavoured drinks and good food then you really owe it yourself to drive out there and check it out. It is an awesome place to take interstate visitors, too, as it showcases some of Perth's finest gourmet produce.
Yahava Koffeeworks source their coffee beans from all over the world, and they have trained their staff to roast the beans to perfection. Roasting coffee beans is a complex process, but the team members have got it down to a fine art and are more than happy to talk you through the process. I took my eager dad along with me, and he wanted to know the ins and outs of coffee.
A lovely lady allowed him access behind the counter and showed him how the process worked. To say he was stoked is an understatement; he was like a kid in a lolly shop. There is a coffee tasting bar, and you will be treated to two free samples of coffee, which they will brew on the spot for you. I usually drink my coffee with a little milk and sugar, but the Yahava coffee is so good that you don't need to add anything to it. It is absolutely delicious, and will leave you buzzing for the rest of the day.
After tasting coffee we moved on to the cafe and I ordered an orange and almond gluten free cupcake ($5), and a ham, cheese and chives savoury muffin ($4). I asked if I could have the savoury muffin warmed slightly, and the friendly staff member offered to lightly toast it for me. He assured me that it tasted awesome when heated in such a manner, and I was already salivating at the thought of it smeared in butter. Now this is a big call… but honestly, it was the best savoury muffin I have ever had. It was soft on the inside, slightly crunchy on the outside and was so, so flavoursome. It was that good that I regretted offering to go halves with my dad and almost growled at him like a hungry dog when he tried to claim his share.
The gluten free cupcake was soft and delicious also, and perfectly complimented the coffee. My only gripes about the service are that there are no teaspoons, there were only stirrers, and you have to collect your food yourself. You take a little gadget with you and when it vibrates you collect your food. It wasn't overly busy when we were there and it would have been easy enough for someone to bring it out to us. That is the only negative comment though, and there are so many positives that the negative is quickly forgotten.
The staff are super friendly, and that is so nice to see as Perth's hospitality standards are notoriously slipping. Everyone that I spoke to was talkative and helpful, and they were all presented well. The location is wonderful. You can sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy the greenery, fresh air and fantastic view. It is entertaining, informative and there are plenty of gift ideas and products to purchase as an added bonus.
Each month Yahava Koffeworks scours the Earth for small quantities of some of the world's rarest and finest Arabica beans. Follow them on Facebook to find out what the coffee of the month is, and head on out to try it.
For me, there is better coffee in the valley and disappointed they don't have real food only cake-y things. So we prefer (by far) family run TAYLOR'S cafe, George Rd. Coffee is strong and very 'Melbourne', all food home made and generous, using many home grown ingredients. So if it something more substantial you're after head to Taylor's. lovely play area for children, sand pit. Dogs welcome on a lead.
I agree that hospitality standards are slipping. It seems most of the wait staff have tunnel vision and if you want anything extra you either have to wait until you catch their eye or phone the restaurant to ask for it as a last resort! This restaurant sounds great - definitely a must try.