Footscray Milking Station
35 Bunbury St, Footscray
03 9687 0073
There aren’t many cafes that can still claim the term ‘pioneer’. Footscray Milking Station happens to be one them, having carved out a name for specialty coffee in the western suburbs back in 2012.
Sitting on a leafy lined street between Footscray Station and Maribyrnong River, there’s nothing particularly overt about the Milking Station, until you reach the front door. The bright green door gives way to reveal a space of exposed red brick, polished floors, wooden tables and white and green canteen stools.
A huge glass counter sits in the centre of the room, displaying three tiers of freshly made lunch items and sweet treats, while water is served in old-school glass milk bottles. This little touch joins the cafe’s name in paying homage to the building’s history – it was once a place where a nearby farming family sold their milk to the locals.
The Footscray Milking Station team is a passionate bunch. Having worked in the hospitality industry for a number of years individually, the team recognised the potential of opening a specialty coffee cafe out west and set about creating somewhere locals could call their own.
When it came to choosing which coffee they would serve, there was only one choice: Padre. They use the seasonal espresso blend, which is rich and full bodied, with notes of malt, toffee and toast. The blend is a balanced mix of Padre’s best drinking South American and African single origin coffees, with a base of consistent beans from Colombia and India.
Head Barista, Amy Muir, is responsible for handling these beans in the morning rush, churning out the perfect cup for the bustling commuters. The focus is on espresso, but the team also offers house-brewed chai lattes, Mexican cinnamon hot chocolates and a range of gourmet teas.
Those who have time to stick around should – the food menu is just as considered. The offerings are respectful of dietary requirements, so expect to find vegan-friendly porridge and gluten-free corn cakes served with guacamole, herb salad, tomato relish and smoked maple syrup. For those sweet fiends who can eat whatever they want, the pancakes are a sure bet – they’re topped with deconstructed cheese cake, fruit compote and a black sesame and fennel biscuit crumble.
The lunch offering includes paninis and wraps with fillings that change daily. Past combinations have seen the likes of Greta Valley pulled pork topped with sweet apple, seeded mustard and pickled cabbage.
In creating this little patch of coffee paradise, Footscray Milking Station has started a trend that’s showing no sign of slowing down. Cafes are popping up on every corner in the west but the original is still doing what it does best: quality coffee and tasty brunch.