Wonderful chaos at Yelo
Well, winter officially arrived into Perth last weekend and thus begins the season for coffee, tea, hot chocolate or whatever hot drink warms your belly! It’s also the season of stews, goulash, minestrone soup and beef bourguignon. My favourite season and let’s also not forget about the warm apple crumble!
Wanting to enjoy the winter sun, we headed to the beach side cafe Yelo in Trigg for coffee and a sweet treat. Arriving just after 8am, we encountered a scene bursting with buzzing chatter and sounds of the coffee machine in the background, Yelo is a chaotically vibrant café along the Trigg beach strip and it’s fairly clear that this is the local neighbourhood hub. People spill out the front of the café as well as across the road, continuing their morning stroll. With that blue ocean across the road, why wouldn’t you?
Derek joins the line to place our orders at the counter and I nab the two free bar seats on the patio. The air is a little chilly but this is soon forgotten when he returns with two cocoa bare raw cakes, a caramel and lemon slice. Our coffee order is called out shortly afterwards for collection. The long blacks are poured into biodegradable cups and we asked for a small cup instead of the regular size, wishfully thinking the smaller cup size will create a full bodied long black. The coffee was hot, however an extra shot would have been superb. The bare slices were delicious, flavoursome and the texture was smooth.
I’m seeing a growing number of raw cakes and slices pop up in the cabinets of cafes around Perth and as the name depicts they are essentially raw as the ingredients do not need to be baked. Although they tend to be smaller in size and higher in price compared to the baked goods, they are rich in flavour and unexpectedly very filling. They cater for a number of dietary requirements and this is me right now, being in the challenging situation where I cannot eat dairy, grains with gluten, refined sugar and eggs (boy what a mouthful!) I am really grateful there is an option at cafes. I need to take it easy on the the natural sweeteners too however for an early morning treat they certainly get me going and this is my exception.
The café sits in an elevated position and its definitely nice to have that beautiful view above the street and I can’t help but envy the local residents. I would have a hard time pulling myself away from the coastline.
Yelo turned out to be a great little cafe for a seaside reset and next time we’ll try the juices. We didn’t finish our coffees, instead, we decided to continue enjoying them across the road where we went for a short walk along the coastal path. For pet owners, there is a small dog beach across the road. When we left Yelo, the line was out the door and I think the phrase the early bird catches the worm here can be said here. It’s groovy to see this one place can create such an atmosphere.