Inner City Grind: Plantation Specialty Coffee

Posted by Dani (@dani_sunario), Melbourne.

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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.

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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”.

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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!

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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!

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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. 

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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.

Follow them on instagram (@plantationmelb) to check out some of their ridiculous latte art!

Overall? Five stars.

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