Gone are the days were you could simply reach into the bottom of your bag and buy a coffee with a small handful of coins. These days handing over a note for a coffee has become the norm, but when Cafe Del Pescatore in Scarborough charged $7.25 for a mug of flat white/cappuccino (on a public holiday) http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/dollar-cup-of-coffee-are-we-paying-too-much/story-fneuz92c-1226613029204 the news went viral and Perth coffee drinkers started complaining.
More and more articles and websites regarding Perth’s coffee prices started popping up:
Perth coffee is Australia’s MOST expensive: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/perth-coffee-is-australias-most-expensive/story-fnhocxo3-1226633155978#
Perth coffee is Australia’s MOST expensive: http://www.news.com.au/national-news/perth-coffee-is-australias-most-expensive/story-fncynjr2-1226633155978
The Real CPI – Cappuccino Price Index™ : http://www.coffee-prices.com/
Customers win in coffee wars: http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/australian-news/16844020/customers-win-in-coffee-wars/
According to The Real CPI – Cappuccino Price Index™ an average takeaway cappuccino in Perth costs $3.87. That is 28c more than the next city (Hobart) and 67c more than the cheapest average (Sydney), that’s 17.2% more.
This means that purchasing 5 coffees a week (52) in Sydney will cost you $837.20 whilst in Perth the same coffee addiction will set you back $1011.40, an additional $174.20 a year.
8 Oz Takeaway Capp (March 2013) CPI
Though it is stated that the average price of a coffee in Perth is $3.89 in my personal experience I struggle to find a small coffee for under $4.00/50.
This uproar in Perth’s coffee prices has led to a number of cafes across Perth openly charging $3 or less for coffee. I’ve asked around and compiled a list of these cafes:
399 Bar – 399 William St, Perth (Northbridge)
Art Gallery Café –Perth Cultural Centre, Perth *including hot chocolate
Café Amazon – Coventry Square Markets, 243-253 Walter Rd
Country Road Cafe (before midday) – 307 – 311 Murray St, Perth (CBD)
Digby’s – 1/44 Belmont Ave, Rivervale
Five Bar – 560 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
La Tropicana Café – 177 High St, Fremantle
Ootong & Lincoln – 258 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Pranzo Cafe – 79 Colin St, West Perth
R.E.D.S Cucina – 128 Oxford St, Leederville
Sun Café Australia – 318 William St, Perth (Northbridge)
Tea For tú – (before 9am) 218a William St, Perth (Northbridge)
The Terrace Hotel – 237 St Georges Terrace, Perth (CBD) *including soy
Toastface Grillah – Grand Lane, Rear 143 Barrack St, Perth (CBD)
Venn Bar & Cafe – 16 Queen St, Perth
The Walk Cafe – 97 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco
White Salt – 134 West Coast Dr, Hillarys
If you know of any more cafes offering a coffee for $3 or less please let me know because I would love to share them.
You can also find this guide on Urbanspoon: http://www.urbanspoon.com/guides/10206-perth-coffee-for-3-or-less