Many of Collingwood’s first knitting mills and factories employed young women who had immigrated from Italy in search of new horizons.

Speaking to family friends of that generation, they often recall their shock at not being able to find ‘real’ coffee and how much they treasured the arrival of a coffee percolator from home.

Once upon a time the now ubiquitous stove top device was the only way to get a decent espresso in Melbourne and certainly was a seed that gave rise to Melbourne’s world-famous rich coffee and cafe culture.