Rokeby Road, for many of us who studied in Perth, refers to one particular street in the Subiaco suburb near my university. The street, lined with cafes, restaurants, and retail boutiques on both sides, brings back many memories of my time in Perth. It definitely does not feel like it has been 6 months since I’ve graduated from a place that I’ve called home for close to 2 years.
Anyway, ever since the day that I learnt that a new cafe, Rokeby, has set up shop somewhere along Boundary Road from a friend, I’ve had my mind set on paying it a visit. Last weekend, I decided to make an impromptu trip there, no reservations in tow. As luck would have it, it happened that a table was available, this considering how the cafe pretty much had to reject walk-ins just 10 minutes later. NB: Reservations highly recommended.
Toby started his coffee business in his parent’s garage right down under in Australia. Since then, he has expanded his garage to a coffee chains and now he is in Singapore selling his specialty coffee. In this cafe, you’ll see this huge machine when you enter. That machine is where raw greenish colored coffee beans are roasted into the dark fragrant coffee beans we have come to know.
Many of us are well aware of drinks like Americano, Latte and Cappucino which are all Espresso based drinks. Espresso is a liquid extract of the bean extracted with the help of an espresso machine. But there are at least a 50 other variations of these Espresso based drinks and commercially practiced, at least (see wiki) methods to brewing coffee.
Forenote: C.Y. was invited to this workshop as a guest.
The origins of tea started in China, but it was the English that glorified and glamorized the tea drinking culture. The concept of Afternoon and High Teas were started in England after tea was introduced to them.
Twinings has been in the business of tea for over 300 years. It was started by Thomas Twining as a tea room located at 216 Strand, London. Slowly, it expanded to be the multinational business that it is today. Twinings was the first tea company to blend Earl Grey - and it being a special blend requested by Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (13 March 1764 – 17 July 1845).
Today Twinings has over 250 different blends of tea, from the traditional English Breakfast to the modern caffeine-free herbal infusions.
“Torn between two lovers, feelin’ like a fool; Lovin’ both of you is breakin’ all the rules” – Torn Between Two Lovers, Mary MacGregor.
In March 2011, I discovered Epic Espresso and this month, through a friend’s recommendation, I discovered a coffee joint that serves a really excellent cuppa with the added convenience of just being a 5 minute drive away from school.
We were in the neighbourhood of Bugis and feeling thirsty and a little peckish. We thought, why not walk across the street to The Coffee Nations to have a quick caffeine boost and some light bites.
Have you ever been to a place and you start falling in love with it the very moment you lay eyes on it? In our (my friends and I) opinion, we have;
And that place is Epic Espresso. Located along Hay Street, near the junction of Ord St. and Outram St., this quaint cafe serves up some of the purportedly best coffee in Perth. Had it not been for the reviews found online and in the lifestyle magazines, one could easily miss this place. Although, it’s still in the Perth CBD and while it’s within walking distance from the Murray/Hay St Malls, there’s a reason why the free Red CAT bus exists!
Walk into the cafe and you literally feel invigorated from the (can-i-say-soothing) aroma of roasted coffee that permeates through the air. I kid you not, we’ve been back here quite a number of times and Epic has never disappointed anyone of us yet.