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FREO’S HOLE IN THE WALL CAFE

Posted in cafe, coffee, fremantle by freoview on March 26, 2017

 

An interesting tiny hole in the wall cafe has opened in Pakenham Street just down the road from Bread in Common.

The Ghetto Blaster is open seven days a week and is challenging the BLINK cafe in High Street for being the smallest cafe in Fremantle.

The owner told me he will be applying to build a parklet outside the cafe and that would be the third one in that street if the City permits it.

Try it out!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE VOTES FOR COFFEE

Posted in cafe, coffee, election, fremantle by freoview on March 11, 2017

 

It’s quite clear what the people of Freo’s Chalkys cafe at the Roundhouse want you to vote for.

Roel Loopers

FREO WELCOMES GRUMPY BABY

Posted in cafe, coffee, food, fremantle by freoview on February 21, 2017

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The lovely Grumpy Sailor cafe in the Paddy Troy Mall have opened another outlet on the corner of Queen and Adelaide street at Kings Square.

Baby Grumpy Sailor is just over the road from Target and serves great coffee and yummy bagels.

Roel Loopers

 

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COSY BOTTEGA NEW FREO CAFE BAR

Posted in cafe, coffee, food, fremantle by freoview on December 14, 2016

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A lovely new cafe has opened in Fremantle’s Little Market Street below Freo’s best Italian restaurant La Sosta.

BOTTEGA is much more than just another cafe though as it also sells bread, take away meals, preserved chilli, peppers, coffee, etc. and it is fully licensed so it is also a new small bar in the centre of town.

It is a very cosy and comfortable place with huge wheels of cheese on display and large salamis hanging from the ceiling.

The food varies daily and is international from pasta dishes to slow cooked brisket with spicy Korean mayo and kimchi, or braised pork belly with rosti, spicy Thai chicken rolls, salads, field mushrooms with goat cheese, sage and pancetta, etc.

But there is more! The Sri Lankan pastry chef makes yummy-looking sweets in house, so there is something for everyone at Bottega.

I really like the ambience of the place and will most certainly pop in there for a coffee and catch up with friends. It’s open from 6.30 am to 6 pm.

La Sosta upstairs also caters for functions so if you are planning a wedding or corporate event, keep them in mind.

Roel Loopers

Disclaimer: This post is a community service for which I do not charge money or accept free meals for!

 

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NEW CALYPSO WAREHOUSE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in clothes, coffee, fremantle, retail by freoview on November 18, 2016

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A funky new cafe and clothes shop has opened at Elder Place opposite the Fremantle railway station. The Calypso Warehouse looks inviting, cosy and cute, so check it out when you are down that way.

They sell women and men clothing, coffee and other things.

It is on the corner of the Wilson carpark and next to CODA architects.

Sadly further in town at the Piazza the Red Cherries coffee bar has closed but they now operate the cafe in the Fremantle Markets food yard section on weekends.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S LITTLE ITALY BY THE SEA FESTIVAL

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Buon giorno!

Fremantle will host another festival this summer on the weekend of October 29 and 30, in conjunction with the Blessing of the Fleet. The Little Italy by the Sea festival will be held at Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat Harbour and will also be the venue for the Australian Specialty Coffee Championships 2016.

The weekend will be a celebration of Italian culture, food, coffee, art, dance and music, while “Piazza Italia” will be a bustling cafe strip. Belissima!

I am only hoping now there won’t be many business people complaining and saying these kind of events take business away from those who pay rent in the inner city, as the piazza is basically a market with stalls.

I love Freo’s summer of festivals and events and hope the entire community and people from all over Perth will embrace and enjoy it. Uno double Espresso per favore!

Roel Loopers

 

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VERY FREO COMBI VAN COFFEE BAR

Posted in coffee, fremantle, hospitality, western australia by freoview on April 29, 2016

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There is a cute new Volkswagen coffee van around Fremantle, and it’s the new venture of well-known Freo musician, poet and former Blinco Street Cafe owner Dave Pensa.

The Combi Coffee van is at Leighton Beach most days of the week from early in the morning, so the perfect stop on your way to work in the big smoke, or when meeting clients. When I took this photo Fremantle resident Nicolas Takacs of A Beautiful City stopped for a coffee on his way to a meeting in Cottesloe.

Dave Pensa is a delightful man, there is a dog bowl, a welcome mat, a surfboard and the passive surveillance of having the van there has already seen a decrease in car break ins.

Combi Coffee is on Facebook if you want to find out the locations he is serving great coffee at.

Roel Loopers

MAKING MUSHROOMS OUT OF COFFEE THE FREO WAY

Posted in city of fremantle, coffee, mushrooms by freoview on September 21, 2015

Now this, in my opinion, is a much better project for the City of Fremantle to support. It is not another parklet, not another cafe/ restaurant but something really new and creative and a fantastic way of using coffee waste to grow mushrooms. That is real recycling in coffee-mad Freo and I have no problem with Fremantle City supporting this, so I copied this from Mayor Brad Pettitt’s blog:

Julian and Ryan from Life Cykel turn coffee waste into gourmet mushrooms at their Fremantle Urban Mushroom Farm.
What will 300 tonnes of coffee ground waste and mushrooms do for human and planetary health? Follow their journey to find out!
Life Cykel is a new, locally owned, social enterprise using coffee ground waste to create Australia’s first Urban Mushroom Farm.
Collecting coffee ground waste from Fremantle coffee shops, Life Cykel will grow gourmet organic mushrooms to be sold to local restaurants, food outlets and local markets.
And no, they don’t taste like coffee!
The City of Fremantle has jumped on board, already committing $15000 to the project. Now Life Cykel is calling on more like-minded people who believe local food, local economies and a greener future is what we should strive for.
To support this project check out: http://startsomegood.com/Venture/life_cykel/Campaigns/Show/australias_first_urban_mushroom_farm#sthash.DEiORWIR.dpuf

Roel Loopers

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PAY FOR COFFEE WITH A POEM

Posted in coffee, fremantle, world poetry day by freoview on March 24, 2015

It is WORLD POETRY DAY this Saturday and cafes all over the world are taking poems as payment for coffee, but I have not been able to find any cafes in Fremantle who are participating. This is your chance to be unique and enter the world cafe stage!

I add my quickly-written cafe poem here so I am expecting a few free coffees this Saturday. ; > )

The coffee is lousy

The noise drives me mad

The food is expensive

I should have stayed in bed

But I do love cafes

I’m addicted to them

Drinking espressos

Is my personal spam

Roel Loopers

TIME TO FIGHT THE MONEY SUCKERS!

If you are one of so many who believe most things in Perth are overpriced, go and have a whinge on FedUP Perth on Twitter and Facebook. The complaints are mainly about food and coffee, but also about high rents, etc.

What annoys me most is that a lot of the stuff we pay for is not worth the money, but also the difference in price. In Fremantle I pay anything for $ 2.50 to 3.50 for a tiny one gulp Espresso and a third of the time the coffee is not that great. Renting in Freo has become ridiculous, as my latest attempts to find something suitable have shown. Up to $ 200 for a room in a house to share with 3-4 people is way over the top, even more so when there is a crappy tiny old bathroom and very basic kitchen.

Consumers need to start voting with their feet and stay away from cafes, restaurants and so called gourmet shops which are money vacuum cleaners that suck our pockets empty.

Roel Loopers

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