It’s only been a few weeks since Warrnambool’s newest coffee spot opened its doors, but the decision to use locally roasted Piccolo beans is already paying off.
Patloch Lane Café and Bar manager Laura Thornton said coffee culture had become a huge part of Warrnambool and getting it right was down to quality beans and baristas.
The new venture in Liebig Street, next to Patloch Lane, opened last month. It’s a café by day and from this weekend will transform into a bar and restaurant by night.
“Coffee is massive now and everyone has their local spot and knows their baristas, so you have to get it right and I’m pleased that in a short space of time we’ve already got some regulars and we’re getting lots of compliments about the coffee and our team,” she said.
“I’ve known Jon and Olivia at Piccolo Coffee Roasters for a long time and my husband is one of their regulars. They’re great people, they’re easy to work with and they’re putting their stamp in many local towns now which is great.
“They’re involved with the markets, gyms, schools and lots of fundraisers and we knew their coffee beans would be a great fit for Patloch Lane Café and Bar.”
Laura said the owners of the business were dedicated to using local produce wherever possible and developing strong relationships with like-minded people.
“We’re also using Sungold Jersey Milk for our coffees and as much local produce as possible in the kitchen. All our food is fresh and made daily,” she said.
“The decision to go with Piccolo beans was pretty easy – it’s about using a local roaster.
“We order our coffee weekly and we know it is roasted fresh for us. We’re using Piccolo’s Lighthouse Blend and the response from our customer has been great so far.”
Laura, who has worked in hospitality for 16 years, said it was an exciting time for everyone involved with Patloch Lane Café and Bar project.
“We’ve got a team of 12 and the launch of the café has gone really well. We’re doing breakfast and lunch now and really looking forward to opening in the evenings for dinner as well from this weekend,” she said.
“We’re open from Monday to Saturday, so if you’re in the CBD come down to Patloch Lane which links Liebig Street with Ozone car park and enjoy our take on coffee culture.”