24 days of coffee: Day #1 Bocelli’s Espresso by guest blogger, Frosty

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…

Forrest Chase

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.

Regular Long Black

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.

Bocelli Baristas

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More 24 days of coffee posts…
Day 2 – Basilica coffee review by Sweetly Spiced
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  12 comments for “24 days of coffee: Day #1 Bocelli’s Espresso by guest blogger, Frosty

  1. Gail
    March 8, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Love the article!!!!!! Totally agree- thanks for sharing!

  2. Helen
    March 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Well written article! Happy to give it a try next time I am in town.

  3. A coffee lover
    March 8, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Beautifully written review :)

  4. I heart coffee
    March 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    […] You have some serious writing talent…EXCELLENT review A+++ […]

  5. Coffee maniac
    March 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I think that was way too harsh! Bocelli coffee is defiantly the “finest in Perth” look at the eat drink Perth coffee vote tally and there is proof from everyone that it is!

    • Frosty
      March 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Thanks to all those who have commented.

      Coffee maniac, there is a difference between proof and opinion, and I’m only offering the latter. Bocelli’s should be very proud to have received so many votes. They obviously have a loyal following of Perth coffee lovers, including yourself, who leap to defend it. I’m confident my opinion won’t change that.

      • Coffee Coffee Yum Yum
        March 14, 2013 at 9:08 am

        Hear hear Frosty!!

  6. Mr Dribbler
    March 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm


  7. Barista in Training.
    May 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Well that is me behind the coffee Machine.
    Considering the head Barista is standing behind me (the guy in the glasses) I apologize sincerely if the coffee wasn’t amazing. This picture would have been taken just as the head Barista started teaching me.
    I implore you to come back again, I know my own skills have improved since then, but I believe you will love a coffee made by the other Barista.

    • May 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks for your comment Nicholas, we are impressed that it was your first day as Frosty thought your coffee was “above average and well made, boasting a solid crema and pleasant aroma. It was very smooth…” – we will certainly be back to visit again soon.

  8. Fatima
    August 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    There are plenty of cafes in the city starting with the trackside bakery right through to Dome. I’ve tried them all. I work in the city.
    But I can only vouch for Bocellis. They have the best coffee, especially when barista/owner Leo makes it.

    I also get a discount as I work in the nearby vicinity which is nice

    • August 10, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      We’ll have to visit again when Leo is there seeing as you vouch for Bocelli’s, I’m always having coffee down the other end of the city as it’s near my work. And pretty cool that the guys look after you with a discount.

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