Built on the foundations of serving great coffee, Platform Espresso is also conveniently situated only moments away from Glen Iris train station, where you will find many commuters enjoying their morning ritualistic beverage.
With multiple perspectives to enjoy the High Street café from, Platform Espresso adopts three distinct seating options. With a minimalist Scandinavian style, plywood tables and benches adapt to the ebbs and flows that descend upon the café. In an adjoining room, a more rustic intimate space replete with exposed brick, light boxes that set the mood and a communal table perfect for larger groups. There’s a breath of fresh air in the outdoor seating area, complete with its own herb garden.
For owners Peter Elston and Patty Karakostas, the responsibility of producing the highest quality coffee is not something they take lightly, as they know it can make or break the start of a day. This sensitivity to the quality of the cup being served is something that this previously caffeine-desolate part of town was sorely missing. Patty grew up in Glen Iris and still resides in the neighbourhood, so she knew that locals were desperate for a café and coffee of this calibre.
“We always seek a memorable coffee. If it can be confused with, or tastes like, ten others then we wouldn’t choose it. We consider coffee that has definable and bold characteristics whilst maintaining its own unique balance to be the most desirable,” said head barista Pete.
Platform’s current house blend is The Maling Room’s Black Mamba, which is a bright blend, providing the best balance in milk while retaining enough unique components to perform as a black coffee too. Often house blends hide a little dully behind milk, but Black Mamba’s beans (65 percent Barrios Estate from Honduras and 35 percent Yirgacheffe from Ethiopia) have quite a well-rounded acidity, balanced by orange/citrus on the nose, cherries, stewed fruits and liqueur. Orange, bergamot, good quality cacao dark chocolate and subtle berries are all present in the cup.
Every week, the team at Platform changes the selection of single origins served as a filter. It also uniquely offers brews from its Fetco Batch Brewer. More common in North America, this method relies on a sealed vacuum pot that is perfectly insulated, rather than a glass decanter that sits stewing on an electric hot plate. In this way, the process is refined, as adjustments are made to the temperature, spray patterns and intervals, providing a very consistent, balanced and clean filter method of coffee preparation. Taking the process even further for the cold brew, the batch brew is filtered twice more with paper filters, producing a really clean taste making the all the components of that particular coffee definable when served over ice.
The team at Platform finds joy in all things coffee and loves to share its knowledge of each cup, the smell of freshly ground beans, the colour and texture of espresso, the delicate viscosity of filtered coffee and so on. It is safe to say that this passion has infected the local following of Glen Iris coffee lovers, who in turn are becoming more knowledgeable about what is in their cups.