DRINK TO OUR COFFEE HISTORY
COFFEE addicts may like to reflect on the closure of Dome cafe in Claremont last week. In the mid-80s, when Perth’s only decent coffees were in the Italian or Lebanese-background cafes of Fremantle or Northbridge, a small group of coffee aficionados brought their own coffee roaster to Perth.
After teaming up with the boutique Matilda Bay Brewery crew that revolutionised beer in WA, the roasters opened the first Dome cafe on Napoleon Street, Cottesloe, before expanding to 160 outlets worldwide.
The Cottesloe cafe closed 18 months ago,after the demise of Dome’s 1980s-driven nostalgia for the Parisienne cafe scene of the late 1800s. Today’s plethora of cafes, hole-in-the-walls and vans are often inhabited by beards given more care than the coffee beans, Wi-fi instead of broadsheet newspapers and recyclable paper cups, not Vienna-styled glasses on a plate.
But they may owe a debt to those ’80s pioneers, without which we would now struggle to get our daily caffeine fixes. Jon Bassett - reporter