Chadstone shopping centre may have put Malvern East on the map, but Fergus has put the specialty coffee in it. Snuggled in between a small set shops on leafy Wattletree road, Fergus is named after its owner’s grandfather. Pat Horan opened this establishment almost four years ago, and it’s flourished ever since, having even undergone a small renovation.
The fit out is clean, with warm timber furnishings. The white brick walls are adorned with vibrant artwork, and glossy white tiles line the coffee bar and back wall. When it gets busy, diners can Perch themselves in the astro turfed courtyard, which is sheltered from the elements.
In true Tess Presso fashion, I took my seat on the communal table, right beside the Sleek Synesso machine. It was there I was able to have a chat with barista Will, who gave me a detailed description of the coffee in the hopper. My long black was made using single origin beans from Honduras, which are six time winners of the Cup of Excellence program. Needless to say, it was exactly as Will described it. My cup had a syrupy body, with jammy fruit notes, and panela sweetness. I have waxed lyrical about the importance of consistently serving coffee as nature intended it; and doing the beans justice. Fergus seem to have grasped this notion well, and having done it during the morning rush hour, speaks volumes about their commitment to quality.
The menu is rich in nourishing meals, with both breakfast and lunch options. Breakfast includes Pumpkin, corn & coriander fritters; Polenta Soldiers with tomato pesto and poached eggs; and Smoked Ham Hock with apple-thyme hollandaise and braised leek on toast. The lunch menu contains Slow cooked pulled lamb shoulder with chickpeas tabbouleh, cumin labna, pomegranate and toasted sumac pita triangles; the Fergus Wagyu beef Burger; and Pulled pork tacos with spicy black beans, cabbage coriander salsa, and yogurt. They also have a selection of wines and beers on the menu, so you can wash lunch down with a glass or two. If it’s the latter, there’s always the tram stop out front to get you home.
301 Wattletree Road
Malvern east VIC 3145