312 South Terrace, South Fremantle WA
(08) 6215 0003
“Yes, another great edition to the Di Bella empire with this latest project in the hip precinct of South Fremantle.”
The Di Bella Roasting warehouse is located in an old garage site on the busy part of South Terrace Road. The man behind the concept is Alex Carciotto, who has been the Western Australian agent for Di Bella Coffee since 2011. Alex met Phil Di Bella in the Melbourne roasting warehouse and knew he had to create this concept in his home town of Fremantle under the mentoring of the Di Bella coffee team. Alex grew up in “South Freo”, only a few houses up the street and knows most of the locals and the expectations towards hospitality.
The business is turning heads with the amazing dishes flying out of the busy kitchen, produced by chef Glen Thomas. His coffee cured salmon is already on every local foodie’s bucket list, and the breakfast menu is to die for. Alex has given Glen the room to create the menu, and it has a good mix of local Western Australian treats put into a classy café format.
The coffee is also the talk of the town, and the well trained baristas have plenty of cool equipment to play with, having an in-house roasting facility, a brew bar and a slick pair of wood grain La Marzoccos in the espresso coffee pit. The roasting plant is currently roasting origins for the retail store, and the brew bar is creating interest for visiting coffee lovers.
Like all the Di Bella concepts I have visited, the team running the floor are always super organised. We were tended to by Ruby, who has been patiently waiting nearly a year for the project to start and has put her life on hold to be part of the concept. She believes excellent customer service is what is making Perth’s cafés stand out from the rest of the nation’s businesses and I tended to agree with her, as my experience in Perth has been amazing.
The café fit out is very industrial, which lends itself well to the original garage concept in the space. There has been lots of thought put into the layout, including good indoor and outdoor comfortable seating and lots of open space to relax and enjoy the people watching. There are plenty of novel trinkets hanging form all vacant spaces around the café to catch your eye and make you daydream.
I can’t wait to head back to “Freo” on my next WA visit and head down to Di Bella Roasting warehouse and hire a bike for the day from the impressive rack of retro cycles and cruise around this fun tourist town.
Open Mon – Fri: 7am – 5pm; Sat – Sun: 7.30am – 5pm.