Plantation (using beans from Sensory Lab) is definitely my go-to for specialty coffee in the Melbourne CBD, hidden away in Melbourne Central as an oasis for caffeine lovers in the inner city.
Its unlikely placement in the Melbourne Central food court provides a great relief for those after decent coffee in a shopping centre environment. This is definitely not where you go to get one of those
disgusting generic-chain-store-frappacino-with-two-pumps-and-extra-cream “beverages”.
The Cold Drip is a must-have during the warmer weather, and the ‘Awakening’ special (1 x espresso and 1 x latte, $5) is the perfect midday pick-me-up, especially when having to deal with the lunch hour CBD crowds!
Plantation also serves a range of freshly made cakes by Bethany Claire for those with a sweet tooth who are after something to complement their caffeine hit, and they have also recently started serving a small selection of more substantial breakfast goods (savoury croissants, and toasts with homemade jams – also by Bethany Claire) for those hurried mornings!
Though located in the hectic Melbourne Central food court, Plantation is an inner city escape for every caffeine lover. Sit in the seats hidden behind the La Marzocco machine for a more peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, or people watch as you sip your coffee from one of the big bucket seats in the bustling food court area out the front.
The latte art is amazing, and the coffee – no matter what is ordered – is consistently great. The baristas are ridiculously friendly, are extremely knowledgable about coffee and make the effort to remember your name and order.
Overall? Five stars.