I could literally spend an entire afternoon wandering through the 'trade only' warehouse wishing for an ABN.
European Foods are also the Grandparents of Perth Coffee and have been roasting in Perth since 1932.
I spent yesterday afternoon at European Foods taking photos for a project I am working on and was privileged to meet Anne Ferrari, matriarch of the Ferrari family, one of Perth's original female business leaders and a woman who has had a profound and lasting impact on coffee in Perth.
Anne has a great collection of coffee making paraphernalia and while I don't want to reveal all the photos just yet I will give you a sneak peak at the original European foods coffee roaster, purchased by her father from the Uno Company of Coffee Machinery Engineers.
Yup, London, England, the United Kingdom. It struck me as odd that a coffee roaster would be made in Britain as today we are so used to European and American made roasters dominating the market.
To add to that the design is pretty innovative and capable of roasting up to 2.5 kilos of coffee. It's a drum roaster with the heat from inside - I am going to have to go back and take some more detailed photos as I obviously didn't have me head screwed on right yesterday but the roaster is a spectacularly interesting piece of equipment and an authentic part of Perth's coffee history.
Thank you to Catherine, Anne and Tom of European foods for the tour and information, and the opportunity to learn.