The Mala family began their journey in Melbourne’s coffee scene five years ago, when they opened Bean + Gone Espresso. It’s an appropriately placed coffee shop on the corner of an intersection, that you can drive into, for grab and go style coffee and nourishments. A blessing for those who are short on time and start work early, considering they open at 6am each day.
Following its success, the oldest son Tim decided to open a second site just down the road; this time creating a café onsite offering the full dine-in experience. Its name, Poco Poco, is indicative of his quest to showcase just a small slice of their ethos, given that ‘poco’ means small in Spanish. “Since our cafe is a little part of what we offer, we consider it a little something extra for our customers. If we can positively impact just one person’s day through conversation, then our job is done”, says Tim.
The café’s interior features polished concrete floors, warm earthy tones, and lively greenery which softens the industrial feel prominent in the drive-thru warehouse area. Stepping through the door is like taking ‘a little getaway’ and images from Tim’s recent getaways to South America are displayed along the freshly painted white walls.
Tim’s love for Melbourne’s coffee culture is augmented by the fact that coffee connects people, and it’s evident that Poco Poco has a wholesome connection with Dimattina Coffee. I was delighted to see a single origin offering from Burundi available both as a batch brew and espresso, which was roasted at Dimattina’s South Melbourne Flagship. In fact, this particular coffee, the Nemba, recently placed 12th in the Cup of Excellence competition. It exhibited free notes of strawberry and peach, with hints of jasmine.
The all-day breakfast menu has something for everyone, from Sweetcorn Fritters with Haloumi, Hotcakes with Spiced Ricotta and pecan crumble; and Burgers. Visiting at lunchtime, I opted for the Lamb Salad, serve with quinoa and pumpkin, on a canvas of hummus and dukkah. The flavour fusion had me feeling poco loco!
Open daily from 7 am to 4pm, and 8 am to 4 pm Saturdays, you’ll find Poco Poco at 168 Mahoneys Road, Thomastown . Say hi to Tim!