Bocelli’s Espresso 24 days of coffee review by guest blogger Frosty
It gives me great pleasure to kick off foodie cravings 24 days of coffee Eat Drink Perth special feature with a review of Bocelli’s Espresso in Forrest Place.
Admittedly, my skepticism towards Bocelli’s was immediately heightened at the sight of the all too familiar (and often a tad misleading) tagline of ‘Perth’s finest coffee’.
Claiming to be the ‘finest’ of anything, anywhere, causes me to involuntarily raise my eyebrows, and Perth coffee houses and eateries seem particularly guilty of flagrantly abusing terms like ‘finest’, ‘best’, and my favourite, ‘famous’. I believe I have even sampled items in Perth which not only claim to be the finest in our fair City, but the World.
So, Bocelli’s, having pumped up their own coffee while simultaneously deflating my expectations, turned out to be a nice enough Italian style café seemingly thriving amongst the flood of laneway espresso bars and Melbourne-styled coffee houses inundating Perth’s coffee landscape. The location would be considered by many to be less than ideal, sitting at the base of the escalators to the Forrest Chase Mall on Murray Street. Bocelli’s is, however, one of the few coffee houses in Perth’s CBD to boast that real alfresco feel, with its open air design taking full advantage of the Forrest Chase square. It seems appropriate this café sits on the closest thing Perth City has to an Italian Piazza. This outdoor aspect is further enhanced by the City of Perth’s recently installed Water Labrynth. Just try not to burn your eyes on the Angus-Cactus…
The coffee (for the record, I drink black coffee) was above average and well made, boasting a solid crema and pleasant aroma. It was very smooth, but unfortunately it lacked a bit of kick and the aftertaste disappeared too quickly for my liking. This is a good coffee to grab on the run and certainly takes care of the caffeine hit. For a sit down coffee, however, Bocelli’s will be unlikely to receive my business, especially at $4.20 for a regular long black. The service was friendly and the wait for my coffee was minimal.
So as far as the ‘Finest Coffee in Perth’ goes, I’ll happily grant Bocelli’s Espresso the title of ‘Finest Coffee in Forrest Chase’, a title far more fitting (well, their only competition is Gloria Jeans…). I will discuss having the sign changed with the owners.