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by Tony Strickett (subscribe)
Coffee roaster, cupper and critic
Published March 31st 2012
A Place To Eat is a cafe that clearly has a focus on food, and with a Synesso coffee machine and 5 Senses coffee, they take their coffee pretty seriously too.

Found in a great location down Heidelberg road, with a carpark for customers, it is an eye-catching cafe. Having not heard much about Apte I decided to check it out.

Getting a seat in any decent Melbourne cafe on the weekend is often difficult, and although busy we did manage to get a seat on the communal table straight away. The menu is well rounded with a good selection for breakfast and lunch of the standard cafe style food, and the pricing was as you'd expect for just outside the city. And the food itself was delicious.

On to the coffee. I started off with a latte, unaware that I would wait 28 minutes for it. When it came, during my meal, it looked gorgeous, with a well presented rosetta. Unfortunately it was intensely, with the espresso cutting through the milk and really destroying any of the sweetness the milk might have offered. With a house blend made up of Guatemalan, Colombian, Indian and Costa Rican beans I was surprised at the massive amount of tartness. Perhaps this blend is more suited to espresso then milk based drinks.

Offering two single origins for the day, Brazilian Santo Antonio and Guatemalan Santa Paula, I decided to try the Santa Paula which is a brilliant example of a good Guatemalan. The wait was only slightly better but the espresso was perfect. The Santa Paula did not disappoint with a fruity, bright acidity and creamy mouth feel, rounded off with a nice sweetness. The Guatemalan was complex and balanced, the perfect way to finish.

The food at Apte is great and the menu was too, the coffee was a bit disappointing but what really stood out for me was the service. We really felt rushed to order and then to finish up, although mostly friendly, the staff seem to get you in and out as quick as possible. Well worth stopping in for lunch but perhaps a weekday would be better.
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Where: 538 Heidelberg Road, Alphington VIC 3078
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