A continual flow of students, business folk and locals spill in and out of the doors of this cafe, with its mantra an ode to all things small and distinct. You can order an excellent piccolo as its name would suggest, as well as every other style of espresso, expertly poured by Sam Osborne who steers the caffeinated ship.
Using Five Senses Coffee Hi-Fidelity blend and a rotating single origin, Sam is constantly churning out consistent cups of wake-up calls and delicious brews with this award-winning mix. Situated across the road from NMIT University on High Street, and around the corner from the busy shopping precinct of Chapel Street, Piccolo’s reputation for great coffee consistently brings in hoards of regulars taking a break or holding business meetings in the ‘back boardroom’.
When the weather is fine, the street-side dining is often full with a flurry of coffee and conversation. As you step inside to one side the time-poor can grab a coffee on the run. For the time-rich, below the large green pendant lamps, a bench seat runs the length of the wall. Or perhaps you may prefer a perch by the window on a stool to watch the ebbs and flows and occasional colourful characters of High Street pass you by. Tucked away in the corner, you will discover the café continues out the back providing an extra room, perfect for quieter moments.
Shelves are stocked with life’s essentials, coffee and music. Next to bags of Campos coffee, you will find vintage kitchen utensils as well as multiple crates of the team’s own vinyl collection, offering inviting oratories of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bob Marley.
The passionate team shares the load and responsibilities in a beautiful synchronicity, weaving and waiting between kitchen, machine and tables. Sam looks after the coffee capers, whilst Bridget and Natalie Kokkinos run the kitchen and front of house. The passionate young team has the knack for making you feel right at home with genuine customer service that will not only make you smile but win you over for life.
Piccolo’s devotion to Campos Coffee has paid dividends with a league of loyalists from many walks of life who saunter through their doors. Campos’ Superior Blend won Gold in 2013 Royal Tasmanian Agricultural show for Plunger Category and Silver for Espresso. It has a butterscotch/toffee base with slight fruity highlights. It makes for a rich body with a sweet finish and fantastic dimension. With a few accolades to its name, the blend is dedicated to the roaster’s ethical business practices.
Most of Campos’ coffees have a certification, be it Rainforest Alliance, Organic or Certified Fair Trade. They visit each producer to make sure the coffee is being produced ethically and sustainably. In the superior blend they have three primary producers including the Baroida Estate in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea, the family-owned El Manzano from Santa Anna in El Salvador, as well as Nyabumera from the western district of Rwanda.