On the road and in dire need of caffeine, or just want to wrap your head around the latest cafés pouring the best brews? Our rundown of the state’s best places for a cup of joe has it covered.

By volume alone, the CBD is dominated by the six-café group Mo Espresso, with Hemingway and Arlo the jewels in their crown. La Veen, Offshoot Coffee and Telegram Coffee are well-patronised for good reason. Setting the standard, however, is Howard’s Groove, a collaboration between roaster Twin Peaks and also-excellent CBD café Smooth Operator. Espresso or filter, it’s the best in WA. 

Modus has three venues all dedicated to sourcing great beans; Victoria Park is our pick for the range, pastries and things on toast. Willing Coffee continues its dedication to guest roasters such as Market Lane and Gardelli. Top-quality filter can also be found at Artem and High Noon Saloon

Specialty coffee around the suburbs is mostly north of the river. Look to Bossman and Viaje in Mount Lawley, Stomp Coffee in North Perth, Dine by Arrival Hall in Northbridge, Cafe Leadman on Claisebrook Road, Myrtle Ivy in West Leederville and City West’s Forklore for your fix. 

Ooh Coffee and Best Wishes Coffee are Fremantle’s best and brightest, while roasters Darkstar and Micrology have opened top-end cafes in the Osborne Park industrial area. 

For top-tier baked goods with a cuppa, try Chu Bakery, Miller + Baker, Knead and Grain, who take what they pour as seriously as what they bake. Heading out of town? There’s plenty of spots to service a caffeine craving in style. Look to The Townhouse in Bunbury, Little Peach Espresso and Bred Co in Albany, Southern Roasting Co. in Manjimup, Merchant & Maker in Dunsborough (and Busselton), Margaret River Roasting Co in Vasse and Quiet Life Specialty Coffee in Geraldton. 

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