The green revolution has seen eco-friendly coffee shops pop up in all the right places and today guest writer, and Perth local, Jayde Walker shares some of her favourite eco-friendly coffee shops and cafes in Western Australia.
Catering to caffeine fixes and sustainability, these eco-friendly coffee shops give locals and travellers the perfect excuse to wander and drink eco-consciously.
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Where to go for eco-friendly coffee shops in WA
If you live or travel in Western Australia, there’s more to see than impressive beaches and natural habitats and Perth is the country’s coffee capital.
But while the caffeine hit is temporary, the environmental effects last a lifetime. Luckily, the cafe culture has upped its game with greener varieties.
Carbon-neutral cafes have one thing in common; their thirst for great coffee and how it impacts the environment.
Craving the best sustainable coffee in WA whilst you’re sightseeing? Here are the top picks for location, eco-friendliness and fine-tasting brew.
The Bodhi Tree Bookstore Cafe | Mt Hawthorn – North of Perth CBD
The Bodhi Tree practises and promotes conscious growth in all areas.
Nestled in Mt Hawthorn, a suburb alive with coffee, brunch destinations and shopping, the cafe is also an independent bookshop making it the perfect place to unwind.
The coffee (and most of the teas) are Fairtrade and organic. They also tick the sustainable box with vegan/vegetarian food and a menu that’s wholesome, organic and free from preservatives.
It’s also one of the city’s best breakfast spots. Don’t forget to grab a book or visit the gift shop for eco items.
Location: 416-418 Oxford Street, Mt Hawthorn.
Yelo | Trigg
It’s hard to soak up all of WA without a beach visit.
Trigg is one of the top spots north of WA for a swim or surf. If you’re after coffee with a view, Yelo has all those laid back feels with an eco-friendly twist.
The cafe caters for your pre and post-beach needs. Great coffee, fresh juices, take home organic foods and healthy brekky and lunches.
Dine-in to experience Yelo’s vibe; classic tunes and surfboards, relaxed atmosphere and beach bustle.
Or on busy summer’s day, get takeaway and sit on the beach.
Yelo is a zero-waste coffee shop. They only use ethical ingredients, biodegradable packaging and organic coffee and teas. In 2018, Yelo saved 33,000 kilos of waste from landfill. Today, they continue the renewable trend by prioritising green solutions.
Location: Beachside living in WA; 331 West Coast Drive, Trigg
Gourmet Farm Cafe | The Swan Valley
The Swan Valley is the heart of local produce and the oldest vineyards in WA.
Get your coffee fix and enjoy outdoor dining with countryside scenery. This gourmet gem combines charm and environmentally-clean practices for a zero-waste experience.
It was originally started to create ‘worry-free’ dining. The owner, who’s gluten-intolerant, turned the working farm into a sustainable, recycled cafe.
They incorporate the 4 R’s and use organic coffee beans and the farm’s onsite produce. The paddock to plate meals introduces healthier ingredients and cuts out the environmental burden of transporting produce.
Location: 34 Haddrill Road, Baskerville.
Flowvitality | Geraldton
Flow is all about wholesome food. They steer away from using processed ingredients and refined sugar, committing only to organic coffee, cold-pressed juices and fine food cooked with healthiness and natural energy in mind.
Geraldton is part of Australia’s Coral Coast, a small town perched right on the beach. If you’re passing through on a road trip, you can get your coffee, breakfast and raw sweet picnic items from Flow.
Location: 34 Haddrill Road, Baskerville.
Kimberley Coffee Company | Broome
Broome and the Kimberley region is a traveller’s hot spot destination. Throw in a love for quality coffee, food and outback scenery, and you have yourself the ultimate combination.
The Kimberley Coffee Company pride themselves on award-winning green coffee. They source their organic and Fairtrade beans from all over the world, then roast them in small batches on-site.
Make sure you try their signature Fairtrade blend Mintaka. When you choose to support Fairtrade cafes, you’re supporting responsible practices with a tastier and healthier end product.
Location: 6 Lucus Street, Broome or find their ‘coffee van’ at the local Broome markets.
Bib and Tucker | North Fremantle – South of Perth CBD
Wash your hands in recycled water in their specially designed toilets, send your used coffee grounds to urban mushroom farms and treat yourself to beautiful beachside dining.
Bib and Tucker have it all. It sums up why living or visiting Perth is so special.
But it’s the rooftop that really makes this place unique. The cafe maintains a rooftop beehive with local bees.
Not only can you enjoy their freshly made honey, but you get to sit below 150,000 busy bees buzzing.
Albert Einstein once calculated if bees disappeared, mankind would only survive four years.
Fortunately, rooftop honey is a growing movement that utilises urban areas to keep these tiny critters pollinating and producing the quantity of food needed.
Location: 18 Leighton Beach Blvd, North Fremantle.
Mother | Fremantle
Fremantle is the motherload of architectural heritage and eco-friendly cafes.
In the heart of Freo, Mother, formerly named the Raw Kitchen, is a plant-based restaurant dishing up the best of natural food, wine and coffee.
The 1920’s warehouse is centred around strong ethics of healthy, sustainable eating.
It combines the restaurant side, with a zero-waste store, yoga/studio space and a kombucha microbrewery. Your one-stop-shop for everything organic.
Love cheese as much as coffee and travel? Try Mother’s plant-based cheese they make in house. There’s 7 to choose from!
Location: 181A High Street, Fremantle.
The Good Egg | Busselton
Like Fremantle’s Mother, The Good Egg in Busselton creates a community space to venture to that’s more than a place for coffee. Earthy, industrial yet comfy. It’s a space that accommodates everyone.
The Good Egg sources their coffee beans from Micrology, a boutique brewer in Freo with ethical practices.
Their menu includes clean-eating options, which have you and the environment’s health in mind.
Location: U4 38-44 Albert Street, Busselton.
Blue Ginger Cafe | Margaret River
There’s more to Margaret River than surf and wineries. Margaret River’s growing cafe culture gives travellers another good reason to visit.
Blue Ginger Cafe is no exception. It showcases the local vibe, with a treasure trove of locally-sourced gourmet food and coffee. The cafe is also joined to a deli and organic grocery store that has the most diverse selection of quality local ingredients.
Make an adventure out of your travels and include an eco-friendly road trip.
Location: 7/32 Station Road, Margaret River.
Emu Point Cafe | Albany
Emu Point Cafe has always had an eco-focus. Located on Albany’s beachside, it’s the place you want to re-fuel at after a dip in the ocean.
Since 2018, the cafe uses the coffee cup exchange program to limit what they’re sending to landfill. They’ve also put a ban on plastic straws. The menu caters for all, with vegan and vegetarian alternatives too. Hint: Their beetroot hummus and jalapeno corn fritters are finger-licking good. If you enjoy gardening, ask them about their free coffee grinds to take home for your plants.
Whilst you’re in Albany, be sure to visit the quirky buildings, take a hike and explore the rich marine life. Whale watching is at its peak from May to October.
Location: 1 Mermaid Ave, Emu Point.
Check out more about Albany in this post 23 Things to do in Albany
Australia’s South and North West is bursting with eco-friendly secrets. What better way to explore, support the local community and stuff your face with good coffee, food and organic treats. All whilst respecting the environment, of course.