Update: Plantation Coffee Roasters is no longer operating at these premises. Between the Bars is the name of the new coffee shop in its place. Not sure what has happened to Shaf but his coffee beans are still being used by the current owners. So in some way, Plantation Coffee Roasters lives on.

Plantation Coffee Roasters in West End is nestled away in the busy main strip … Somewhat low key and modest in appearance, a lot like its owner and roaster. As is often the case, one bean heads off as an advanced party to covertly scope out the upcoming venue. When the conversation turned to roasting and beans, the mild mannered host emerged from the coffee enthusiasm phone box as the transformed SupercoffeeMan.

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It was like meeting Mark at Uncle Joe’s Coffee House for the first time. We chatted for ages and learned that Shaf created the signature blend for Shucked, before they switched to their current suppliers, which he has tweaked to create his house blend of Brazilian, Ugandan and Kenyan. With a 2 kg Has Garanti roaster off site, he regularly changes the single origin on offer, depending on what green beans are within reach and how whimsical he felt at roasting time. In essence he appears to revel in your delight of his coffee.

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Fast forward a few weeks and the 3 Brewders converged. We were serenaded by a local busker nearby as we waited for the door to be flung open. A new single origin and a new house blend greeted us … As well as a cheerful host! What to have? The coffee menu had Roost Coffee qualities about it. The single Brazil Daterra captured our attention and the La Marzocca extracted a latte, long black and a double double ristretto Shlong. Ahh the Shlong, not since Dandelion & Driftwood had the pleasure of the Shlong passed our lips. The Brazilian was punchy up front with a creamy mouthfeel that mellowed out at the finish. One bean was hoping for the single as a siphon but due to prep time, the siphon is saved for quieter times.

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With the new house blend, a 50-50 split of Kenyan and Colombian beans, the smiling Shaf convinced us that round two for the trio should be a trinity of the blend. And so it was … a shorty, a long macch and a sparkling long black. At Plantation you’ll find simple decor, uncluttered surrounds and kind of a low key vibe … the coffee you’ll experience is anything but simple and low key. The blend was a real treat and the trinity provided the trio with a trifecta of grins.

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We found it difficult to sum up the coffee experience … Delightfully pleasant … Or pleasantly delightful? Try it and decide for yourself. Either way, Plantation coffee roasters in West End joins a long list of must visit places in the area.

We score ‘SupercoffeeMan’ 8 beans.

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