Corner Marine Parade + Hythe St, Miami
In the shadow of Miami Hill, tucked away under Miami Surf Club with possibly one of the best views on the Gold Coast sits the popular Piccolo Espresso, the perfect place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat after a swim, surf or walk along the beach.
In the morning the sun shines down on Piccolo, which is built around two beautiful Norfolk Pines. It is an established favourite with the locals and is the preferred café for a post-ride coffee by Gold Coast’s cyclists both professional and amateur.
Everything about this place is easy going. Coffees are made with a house blend of Merlo beans on a black Wega machine, which is situated at the rear of the café, along with a small kitchen and a cabinet bearing sweet treats, sandwiches and salads. A large array of seating spreads out through the café, but often it is difficult to find a seat due to Piccolo’s immense local fame.
Our coffee journey starts with, what else, but a piccolo. A sweet caramel scent follows through to a pleasant caramel flavour with an enjoyable kick of acidity; buttery notes of the coffee are enhanced by the warm milk. The mezzo is a stronger, sturdier version of the piccolo once again with a smooth caramel flavour, making it difficult to choose a favourite.
A short black is always sure to get the heart racing and Piccolo’s has an intoxicating aroma of chocolate and leather to entice the coffee lover. An initial sharp, yet pleasant tannin smooths out to a strong salted caramel taste. The long black was milder and sweeter with more chocolate notes to the overall caramel flavour.
An added bonus of having a coffee at Piccolo is undoubtedly the opportunity for people watching. This spectator sport can be indulged whilst looking over the much utilised Esplanade path towards the ocean.
Open Monday to Sunday 6.30am to 2.00pm come for the coffee and stay for the view and the sweet sea breeze.