Ladle + Press is a cafe and takeaway in Westfield Whitford City that offers simple and nutritious food, cold-pressed juices and – of course – some of the best coffee in Perth. The healthy concept of Ladle + Press, which opened in August 2016, was inspired by the travels of Ian “Hopper” McTavish who owns and runs the cafe alongside business partners Myles Kahl and Brett Nixon.
From day one, the coffee at Ladle + Press has been supplied by Perth coffee roasters Fiebre Coffee, which specialises in Panamanian single origin coffee and cacao beans.
“We have one of Fiebre’s biggest turnovers of product,” says McTavish. “Our blend comes out of the Fiebre factory but is still single origin. They blend two slightly different roasts to give us our own flavour. It’s an amazing coffee, people love it.”
While customer demand has seen Ladle + Press recently install a traditional espresso machine, the cafe’s original offering was purely hot-drip and cold-press, which is made 30-litres at a time using a unique filtration system.
“The cold press has really taken off over the last five or six weeks. We brought technology in which no-one else is really using in WA at the moment, and the coffee is triple-filtered before being put into a keg,” explains McTavish. “A lot of people are asking for it with a dash of milk, it makes a very clean iced coffee. Because we’re not heating the beans and stirring the oils up, you don’t get the bitterness on the back of the palate.”
A wide variety of milks are available from the usual options to almond from The Pure Press and lactose free from Grumpy Farmer.
The food at Ladle + Press includes freshly made soups, breakfast bowls, lunch wraps and “one pot wonders” – casseroles, curries and other dishes McTavish used to make for hungry backpackers when working as a tour guide. Almost everything is made in-house, most of the menu is vegetarian and there are plenty of gluten free options. Fresh juices and house-brewed Kombucha add to the drink line-up.