Pretty much every working day, I have a Lowdown Espresso latte from Melbourne brothers, Adam and Mark Lowe, who are tucked away in Cloisters Square on Hay Street in the Perth city.
Lowdown is always pumping with quality tunes, coffee, muffins and toasties. Today, like every other workday, I was greeted by my first name and ordering my large latte is simply an exchange of $3.50 as all the lowdown crew remember all customers by their first name and coffee. This level of service is what makes lowdown espresso stand out from the rest.
When I asked Mark what inspired him to open Lowdown, he said he was angry with Perth and was embarrassed at the under serviced, overpriced coffee scene. Working at various cafes in Melbourne, Mark said even the best of the best didn’t charge more than $3 for a regular coffee. So with that passion to bring quality service and coffee, Lowdown Espresso opened 3 years ago – around about the time I started my day job in the city and I’ve been a regular ever since.
Working in the city, I spend a lot of time out & about trying different cafes and I can say Lowdown’s coffee prices are def the lowest I’ve seen in town. Plus, they make the best muffins and cakes!
All the muffins and cakes are soft, moist and there’s always something new to try and best of all they are all $3.50. My all-time favourite muffin is the lemon ricotta and favourite cake is the orange.
This is my second favourite muffin, the blueberry & cinnamon…
When I’m not feeling like a muffin for breakfast and haven’t managed to fit in breakfast before work, I have a couple of slices of fruit toast with butter ($2 per slice).
Lowdown also has a range of flatbread toasties which changes everyday.
I usually go the ham & cheese ($6) which is simple yet tasty but today the new salami, tomato and olives toastie ($8) caught my eye. It was just as good and more substantial than the ham & cheese.
Lowdown Espresso as they do every year hands down, has won my vote for Eat Drink Perth’s Best Coffee Competition. If I could vote more than once I would! Lowdown is currently 6th on the coffee leaderboard so if you love them as much as I do help them climb the ladder with your vote!
Show your favourite barista your support by voting on Eat Drink Perth’s website and you could win 6 months worth of coffee!
Lowdown Espresso is open weekdays 7am – 5pm, cash only, take-away or casual dine-in.