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Faceplant 

I always love a café with a pun in its name. It’s indicative of the owner’s playful approach to hospitality. Who doesn’t look at food and think, “I want to faceplant that dish”. It was a no brainer then for an all vegan café owner to find inspiration in the notion. In our hectic and fast paced lives, at times, it’s important to look at the lighter side of life. That’s exactly what Pasha Fate did 5 years ago when he moved from Melbourne to Geelong. Having worked in prominent cafes such as Top Paddock and Three Bags Full, Pasha decided to go west, and open up his own venture with wife Edey, and business partner Kate Bartlett. Moving to an area surrounded by farms had a profound impact on his take on life, and it wasn’t too long before he was Vegan. It’s at Faceplant that Pasha is able to apply his ethics, and share them in the heart of the vibrant Pakington Street shopping strip. The venue itself has a warm vibe, with scattered greenery alluding to what champions the menu. Coffee is sourced locally from Mikro, and extracted in a rather theatrical fashion on a series of techbars. It’s a transparent approach to coffee, which speaks to Pasha’s confidence in his product. He’s done away with dairy and uses only plant-based milks. I was elated to see the Best of Africa Blend available for black coffee, which has previously won awards for its fruit driven profile, which saturates the palate with rich notes of chocolate coated berries. Their Megalo blend speaks to its Greek inspired name, boasting a full bodied traditional roast style that works a treat with new age plant-based milks. Along-side the coffee, Faceplant offers an array of organic modes of hydration, from the curious Latte Noir, Naturopathic teas, Smoothies, Cold Press Juices, and Soda. The puns continue on the breakfast menu, with options such as the ‘Avo on Crack’; ‘the Mad Mexpresso’ with coffee cured tofu steak; and ‘You’re making me Caprese’ Italian inspired lunch with a blistered tomato, vegan mozzarella, and a balsamic reduction on chargrilled bread.

Find them at 194 Pakington Street, Geelong.

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