Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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

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