Zekka Cafe on King Street, Perth

Posted by on 10, Aug, 2011 in Coffee Review, Featured, Perth, Perth Cafes | Comments Off

@ Zekka cafe in Perth City (King Street)

I just spun 2 people out who work at Zekka cafe, they asked me what I’d like and I said “what ever you like, I’ll drink” this will be fun as I don’t have any knowledge of what will come out. They laughed and found it unusual. I said that “I’ll drink what ever you’re best at, I don’t mind”, “do I want milk or espresso?” They asked, I said “what ever you feel like making me” …. This will be a fun thing to do from now on I think. Give someone the freedom to make any coffee they like. I must admit I’ve never had this privilege of someone telling me “make me what you want to mak for me, what you’re best at”, when I worked as a barista.

zekka perth cafe flat whiteOK, so here it is… about 4 minutes alter, which is super quick, given on the amount of people that are here in this super trendy, yet casual place. I got served a double shot flat white with a well presented love heart on it, plus a friendly hand over. It’s so nice not to be processed like at some cafes.

The place is pretty busy, but I am here on a 8 seater communal table, which started out full and now it’s just me. The ladies sitting at this table had to go back to work.

OK, lets get down to it, the coffee looks lovely, finished off properly. The crema on top is thick and luscious. I’d be happy to have a cup of this crema by itself.

Coffee is full flavour, full body and nutty taste, it tastes to me like 5 Senses or Fiori like – I don’t know what I’m drinking yet, I know I love it though. I want another, and I’ve only had one sip. I think the girl who made the coffee is conscious of what I think of it, and came over and asked “how is it?”, “awesome, thank you, love it” was my reply.

zekka perth cafe review

The milk is perfect temperature, I can just drink it and enjoy the full cream milk without any troubles at all. The milk is not split (thin) like in most places that take their milk beyond the recommended heating temperature for coffee.  Basically, you don’t want to boil the milk, and there is a fine line between perfect and burned milk.

Just watching the girl make another set of coffees (in between writing this article), she watches the milk as she heats it and feels the temperature, and then pouring it into someone’s cup, taking pride in it. She reminds me a bit of me when I was making coffee – very conscious to ensure that each cup is as perfect as the other.

The place is filling up with trendy designer/architect types all of a sudden, I think there must be a design studio near by. We are sitting in fashion street capital of Perth by the way, King Street, so this would be the norm for this place.

OK. Nothing left in my cup. I need another one. Lets see what she makes this time.

OK. 2nd coffee is being made, I think I’ve got the best view in the house, I can see my coffee being made as I write this: fresh grind straight into the group handle, pressed down with care, into the machine and watched carefully by her as to what comes out, she even pre-washed the group head and tasted what was coming out before doing my espresso (a separate pour to mine obviously).

OK, Single Origin Guatemala espresso comes out,  I know before I even touch this coffee that it will be perfect, I saw it being made with passion and brought out to me the second it was ready.

If you haven’t been here, YOU NEED TO. Come in and enjoy what is one of Perth’s perfect coffee spots (notice not best – perfect) Some restrictions do apply, Monday to Friday 7am-5pm and Saturday 8am-3pm, and it’s the city, so parking is something to consider, but it will be well worth your while.

OK, like I said, a “PERFECT” espresso. This blend is superb, a citrus overtone to it and not a bit burned at all, it’s smooth going down, awesome crema on top – different to the above as this is espresso crema that I’m talking about rather than milk crema.

Why haven’t I been here for such a long time? I’ve missed out.

Like I said, go to Zekka. Sit down, order something that the barista wants to make, and you’ll love it, step out of your normal coffee order, ask for something that they want to make, and you’ll get a coffee made with that little bit more love.

And as I write this, I see more coffee being made with the same amount of detail and passion applied.

Wish I had more time today for another coffee.