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Plantation Cafe

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Published September 6th 2011

Usually when you go to a food court in Melbourne (and possibly else where) you know one or two eateries that have a decent and reasonable selection of food. When it comes to coffee however, a food court is the last place I would imagine finding a decent cup of coffee.

Fear not...

Those clever kids that brought us St. Ali and Sensory Lab now have Plantation on their list of achievements.

Stylish layout. Blood orange and white tiles. Wooden benches and seats. Chairs and tables out the front. Hidden booths for you to relax and escape the din of Melbourne Central shopping.

Double Espresso. Tanzania.

A light and delicate body with a creamy and buttery taste and consistency. Hints of orange make a few cameo appearances too. This is not an acidic or intense drop of nectar but a spread out warm and buttery intensity, much like a light stroke of the cheek from someone you like. Grade A Top Choice Coffee.

Poached chicken and Pecan sandwich.

Delicious and filling. However it could have done with a dash of something salty to break up the creaminess of the chicken, maybe a small dollop of mayonnaise or a little seeded mustard. Overall a satisfying and reasonably priced sandwich.

The people here are lovely and polite. Very knowledgeable of their coffee origins, flavours and the different coffee preparation procedures. They use precise measurements and maintain an immaculately clean work area. Prompt service with a smile. Overall, you're in safe hands.

Why is this such a good idea? Because maybe those people who love their Starbucks and Gloria Jeans coffee will find out what good coffee is. I'm all about exposing people to good coffee. I've taken some people to places they would never think of going to and they have walked out different people after tasting a single origin espresso from a country that they had no idea about.

Plantation now gives the 'everyday' person an opportunity to try what I'm so crazy about.

Where can you find this drinking fountain in the desert of the unreal? Level 2 Dining Hall, Melbourne Central.
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Why? Real coffee in a food court, this is a first.
When: Mon to Wed 10am-6pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Fri 10am-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm
Where: 300 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Cost: $3.50 - $25.00
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