It’s not easy being FOAM Coffee Bar. After a seriously long stint by Café 130 in the same spot (we’re talking almost 2 decades here, which is a most remarkable achievement for a small business), which kicked off the coffee movement in Perth and was THE spot to go for breakfast back in its heyday, the long untouched space has been gutted out and restored to its former glory, into a sleek new coffee bar. But don’t let it’s shiny new look put you off by any means!
FOAM Coffee Bar is the hard work of Nicholas Bond (of both Kitsch and Ria in Leederville) who is passionate about reviving the village feel of the Oxford strip and providing punters with a great, local coffee joint. Nick was a Café 130 regular himself, and appreciates the affection people hold towards it. With this in mind, he has gone to great lengths to ensure people can get seriously good coffee and food, with a bright new look. Everything from the floor up has been restored, with dark wooden floorboards offset by pops of mint and fluro pink colours on the walls – including in the quirky, plywood light fittings above the counter, as well as the coffee cups and tea pots. The brew is a Five Senses blend named Dark Horse which packs a punch, albeit a rather tasty and creamy one, as they use Bannister Downs milk. Food includes breakfast, lunch and baked goods, and are all either made in house or by local boutique suppliers. The Portuguese custard tarts are made in North Perth and are a must, whilst the French chocolate cake is a family recipe. The menu particularly pays homage to 130’s popular breakfasts.
This is the next big thing for Leederville, and it’s a damn good one.