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This Little Piggy Cafe

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by Melanie Lynn (subscribe)
Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published May 11th 2012


This little piggy went to the market, and this little piggy stayed home…" and This Little Piggy made some damn fine coffee behind a roller door.

This Little Piggy
You'd never find it if you didn't know where to look...


In the last place I could have imagined finding a truly epic coffee, I happened uponThis Little Piggy Café.

This Little Piggy
Little Chalky Oinkers


Lost down some back alley industrial area, I had been staring out the car window at what looked like a small, unremarkable factory space, when suddenly I spied the telltale takeaway coffee cups winking at me.

"Stop!" I cried.
No." said my husband (who was frustrated we were lost).

After some careful arm twisting, I managed to persuade him to turn around, and we found ourselves in a tiny, open building, with little more than a few stools, some blackboards, a coffee machine and a chirpy barista man.

This Little Piggy
The space where poetry is put in motion.
"Two cappuccinos!" I squeaked when he looked my way, still amped by the fact that I was ordering coffee in the middle of a factory street, which 5 seconds ago I hadn't known existed.

You won't find your breakfast or lunch hiding in this 'brick house', but what you will find is top of the range barista skills producing perfect, silky Genovese shots without fail and maybe a biscuit or muffin to nibble on the side.

This Little Piggy
This Little Piggy made his house in a factory.


I watched our barista lovingly prepare our cappuccinos and found a spare chair, waiting to eagerly welcome his much anticipated creation.

Sip after sip, I revelled in the brilliance that was my perfect cappuccino, not sure what I loved more. How good the coffee was, or the fact that I was drinking it in a little spot I never would have found if we hadn't been lost.



When I went for my next sip, I found it was to no avail. I tipped my cup again … nothing. To my horror, I realised my cup was in fact empty. I had drunk every last drop. I can't say I remember drinking it all, but isn't that just exactly how one feels when they have consumed something they love? You stare longingly at the cup hoping more will materialise before you like the never-ending pack of Tim-Tams on the telly.

I almost ordered a second, until I realised, now that I knew where it was, there was nothing stopping me from coming back, and that I should probably incorporate some moderation with my coffee intake.



When the roller door is down, you may never know this place existed, but it is definitely worth hunting down This Little Piggy.

This Little Piggy
What delights lay beyond the roller door?
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Why? Fantastic Coffee in a Little Hideaway Cafe
When: Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 4:00pm, Sat: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 36 William Street Balaclava
Cost: Small Coffee: $3.50, Small Coffee Muffin: $6.50
Your Comment
Great article - lots of fun, can't wait to try it!
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1728) 2298 days ago
Wow! This little piggy wants to try some coffee! -CD Davenport.
by ditch (score: 1|18) 2320 days ago
Thanks Julie! You won't regret it. If you love your coffee, you will devour this. The fact that it is such a tiny place away from all the main cafes and restaurants and just behind a roller door, makes you really feel like you have discovered something unique. Enjoy.
by Melanie Lynn (score: 2|570) 2298 days ago
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