Portland’s brand new health food and staple store Your Natural Pantry has become the latest café in the south-west to join the Piccolo Coffee Roasters family.

Your Natural Pantry is now making coffees with organic beans roasted in Warrnambool and is also retailing Piccolo’s popular Lighthouse and Breakwater blends.

Owner Melissa Smith said she was excited to announce a new single origin, organic Columbian bean was being used for her in-house Piccolo coffees.

“I’ve been buying my coffee from Jon and Olivia at Piccolos in Warrnambool for ages, for personal use, and approached them about supplying Your Natural Pantry,” she said.

“I really wanted a local roaster and someone who did small batches. The transparency around the product, where it comes from and how it is roasted is really important to me.

“We starting talking about how I could have an organic bean. I love that Jon has been so willing to work with us to get the organic bean happening and I love the end result.”

Melissa said the partnership was very strong and she was proud to be the Portland stockiest of Piccolo Coffee Roasters existing Lighthouse and Breakwater blends.

“Jon has been over here in Portland with me teaching me about my new coffee machine and he’s set me up with a deli grinder so that we can grind fresh coffee for people’s home and work coffee machines,” she said.

“I’ve spent some time in Jon and Olivia’s Warrnambool café as well making sure I know how to do coffee really well. It’s very exciting.”

Melissa said the organic coffee was a perfect fit for her health food shop, which opened on Saturday, August 12.

“As a Crohn’s disease sufferer, I have a lot of dietary requirement and have learned a lot about preservative-free eating, organic produce and things like that,” she said.

“Myself and other people I know sourced a lot of these products over the internet, so that’s where this all started. I did a survey and the message was loud and clear that people wanted to be able to buy these staples here in Portland.”

Your Natural Pantry is located at 70 Percy Street, Portland. It is co-located with Spice Cart, which offers healthy takeaway meals from the kitchen.