Some of them join me in entering Era Cafe, a branch of the established Era brand, along with the bistro and bottle-store.
Upon entry I am greeted by the ever-friendly Jess Lette, Cafe Manager, who hastily takes my order as I make myself comfortable at the large communal table at the front of the cafe.
The vast front windows make for a pleasant view, a prime people-watching spot, as I simultaneously flick through the day’s newspapers and magazines.
Lost in the ambient noise of people chatting, beans being ground and milk being steamed, my coffee arrives.
It looks glorious, with a smooth layer of foam crowning my cappuccino marbled with a sprinkle of cocoa powder.
Topping off the coffee are the two biscuits, “coconut sticks”, that are literally what they are named after – sticks made of coconut.
The coffee itself is quite delicate, and quite sweet, with after-notes of marshmallow, crafted by Victoria-based Giancarlo Coffee’s premium blend.