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Eat and Drink

Platform T Takes Off

With two new Denver locations, this tea-centric cafe offers satisfying fare for anytime of day.

Even the most devoted of caramel macchiato addicts might ditch the Starbucks routine when they check out the new Platform T. The budding concept with two new Denver locations combines a hip verve with a tastefully honed menu of boutique teas, espresso drinks, infused cocktails, and small plates. It’s the perfect spot to meet a friend or cozy up to your laptop any time of day.

Owners David Wilkins and Jeremy Law opened the Denver spots as a launching pad for a major expansion—they hope to open 30 more outlets in and outside of Colorado within the next 10 years. With standout interior design that mixes the warmth of a cozy coffee shop with the sleek decor of a modern eatery, Platform T gets an A in ambience, and the menu offers plenty to love as well.

The extensive list of boutique teas is grouped into user-friendly flavor profile categories like fruity, chocolate and spice, classical, and tropical. Each variety is brewed in a state-of-the-art vacuum system known as Reverse Atmospheric Infusion, or RAIN, which boosts flavor while drastically reducing steeping time. The teas are obviously given center stage here, but a strong selection of espresso drinks, wine, spirits, and tea-infused cocktails contends for equal billing.

On a recent visit to the Speer location, I found a sunny spot on the patio and enjoyed a variety of sweet and savory treats. My tea-infused Prosecco had the softest suggestion of citrus and marigold black tea. It was the perfect accompaniment to the white-chocolate filled green tea macarons. Other standouts included the molten chocolate cake with dark chocolate-chai sauce and the delicate tea sandwiches. My favorite small plate, however, was the buttery mushroom truffle flatbread topped with sautéed mushrooms, white truffle oil, cave-aged Gruyère, paper-thin slices of red onion, fresh arugula, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

Glendale location: 682 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, 303-756-1464

Speer Location: 95 Lincoln St., Denver, 303-777-5786

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