February 24, 2012

Pony Express O

I've been exploring the local cafes here in Perth, and I've been quite pleased at how many truly excellent coffee places there are. We're very lucky to be staying directly across the street from Zekka, and it's my favorite, but I've been working in West Perth for the last week or so and have been visiting "Pony Express O" out there. It's tucked away in an old stable off a tiny laneway, not easy to find, but it rewards the effort.

Slayer
I'd already tried and liked Epic in West Perth, but some of my co-workers recommended "Pony" so I checked it out. One of the features of this place is their "Slayer" machine, the smallest of the "Big 3" espresso machine manufacturers (La Marzocco, Synesso, and Slayer). I'm not usually impressed by cafe equipment, but it was fun checking out the hardware.

Pressure gauge and mirror
One of the fun features of the Slayer is that there's a mirror strip under the group heads that lets you see the bottom of the group head (and portafilter) without having to bend over. If you're using a bottomless portafilter, this lets you easily see the shot being pulled. An obvious innovation once you think of it, and really nice. The shots pulled here were even without blonding or streaking.
Nice Shot
The Cafe itself is well lit with lots of brick and wood inside, and a nice seating area outside decorated with coffee sacks. The beans are from Crema. I've had double espresso and long black here and heartily recommend both. The baristas are friendly and happy to chat, and the place has a minimum of bored hipsters.


(My friend Ash simulating a bored hipster)







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