The Brooding Italian café

The Brooding Italian is a popular little espresso bar at the south end of Manning street in Kiama. This groovy little café opened in October 2013. It quickly became the talk of the town and was soon full of happy locals, enjoying the amazing coffee, great food and an incredible ambiance.

Owners Paolo and Kerry moved to Kiama in early 2013 and decided to open a cool little espresso bar the locals could call their own. The Brooding Italian café design was inspired by the industrial genre. Recycled materials were used in the design, including the centre light piece, which was the old satellite dish which was removed from the back car park. The feature wall on the right, as you enter the café, is a collection of new and reclaimed floor boards, mismatched to create a one of a kind design and setting of the Edison light bulbs. Paolo and Kerry have created a wonderful café, which has quickly become one of the most popular cafés in town.

Everyday, locals arrive for their daily coffee and after a few visits, you'll be welcomed by name. There is a happy, friendly atmosphere, even during the busiest times. Everyone is made to feel welcome and tables are frequently moved to better accommodate groups of people.

Children are welcomed and, when he's not busy making his famous coffees, Paolo may come by to say hello. He might even bring over a marshmallow.Paolo has been roasting coffee for a number of years and chose to include this as part of the Brooding Italian café. Paolo roasts his blends locally and you're always guaranteed fresh coffee daily. Enjoy the house blend or try the coffee of the week. Don't forget to check out the breakfast and lunch menu, which perfectly compliments the coffee! While the menu is only small, the flavours in each of the meals are amazing. You'll enjoy everything made by Kerry and her kitchen crew.

Drop in, say hello. Sample the amazing coffee and wonderful menu items. And, if you're in a hurry, text the café your coffee order and it will be ready for you when you get there!


Great Coffee!

Cherry Black Roasters is very proud of its roasted coffee blends.

"Great food, superb coffee, groovy atmosphere. A stand out on the south coast for sure."

The unique blend of coffee is slow roasted in our gas fired oven which draws out the natural flavors of the coffee beans and adds a full complex flavor.

The distinct intense flavor and full bodied aroma is unmistakable. Blended from selected quality imported beans then slow roasted to perfection using our unique slow roasting process.

The first thing you’ll notice about Cherry Black Coffee is the full aroma and the smooth taste. There is no bitterness or sharp after taste. We blend and roast only AA grade or higher quality coffee beans.

Compare and taste the difference.

Cherry Black Roasters

Meet some of the fantastic Brooding Italian team

Meet Paolo Dicembre

Paolo is a Class 1 Professional Barista and has been serving coffee for over 15 years. Paolo has extensive experience as a barista, and as a barista instructor, has passed on his barista skills to others. He lets his coffees do the talking. Paolo roasts his own beans, which are highly sought after.


Meet Kerry

You'll find Kerry in the kitchen, creating masterpieces. Watch as the plates get taken back to the kitchen... there won't be any food on them! You'll find yourself going back again and again, to sample her whole breakfast and lunch menu.

Kerry moved to Kiama with Paolo and is new to the area, so make sure you smile and say hello.


Scoot-a-cino® is the first of it's kind in Australia and possibly the world. It is the smallest, and arguably, the most efficient mobile coffee operation in Australia. The brain child of Paolo Dicembre, Scoot-a-cino® is a fun, fully self sufficient, light weight coffee trailer - towed by a sexy Vespa GTV250 scooter, yes, a Vespa!

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The Brooding Italian food selections

Our Menu

The food menu perfectly compliments the coffee at The Brooding Italian café. The breakfast and lunch menus tempt you to enjoy from a small number of meals, but each meal is filled with intense flavours and wonderful combinations. You'll find yourself coming back time and again, to sample everything on offer.
Italian panini, prosciutto, roasted capsicum, char-grilled eggplant, semi-dried tomatoes, rocket and Swiss cheese
Colombian wrap – with fried egg, chorizo, avocado, bacon, tomato, cheese, aioli and hogao (a Colombian cuisine sauce)
Fried eggs, bacon, garlic mushrooms, roast tomato on sourdough toast
Bacon and egg roll with balsamic onions and aioli
Smoked salmon on rye sourdough toast with red onion, cream cheese, capers and dill
BLATM - bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato and mayonnaise wrap (with chicken, if you prefer)
Lamb burger with cheese, tomato, lettuce, beetroot, dijon mustard and aioli
Italian scrambled eggs, prosciutto, roma tomato, basil, hollandaise and toasted ciabatta
Avocado, goats cheese, fresh tomato and basil on sourdough toast


Each morning, a collection of sweet and savoury muffins is placed on the counter. The hardest decision you'll have, will be whether to sample the sweet muffins... or the savoury ones.That choice is made just a little more difficult by the addition of beautiful cupcakes. You'll be treated to flavours such as chocolate mud, white mud, red velvet, coconut & lime, tosca & coconut and raspberry & rose.There are cookies and sweetbreads to further tempt those with a sweet tooth.
Choc Muffins on a platter
The Brooding Italian drinks


Allow yourself to be tempted to try delicious iced coffees and decadent iced chocolates, fresh smoothies and thirst quenching juices.You will need strong willpower to skip the amazing 'Funky Monkey' filled with espresso, chocolate, peanut butter, local gelato and milk or the 'Oreo Crunch' packed with Oreo cookies, vanilla gelato and milk.

Monday - Friday
06.00 - 16:00

Saturday - Sunday
07.00 - 16.00

Public Holidays
07.00 - 12.00


Shop 2/160 Manning Street,
Kiama NSW 2530


0406 401 213

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