Back in 2007, long before artisanal coffee shops started percolating up all over Long Island, Kookaburra Coffee Co. opened in Rockville Centre, serving brewed and “expressed” coffee made with beans roasted to its own specifications.
Earlier this year Kookaburra’s owner, Michael DelGatto, opened up a second location, in Malverne, managed by his son, Christopher DelGatto. Call it Son of Kookaburra. The Malverne shop is bigger, brighter and more stylish than the original, with seating for about 20 inside and, in fine weather, six more outside.
In the years that separate the two openings, there has not only an explosion of LI coffee bars, but an explosion of brewing methods. In addition to dripped and pulled coffee, you’ll now find pour-over, cold brew, flash brew (brewed directly over ice) as well as Chamellia organic teas.
DelGatto, the elder, is a veteran of the coffee industry, having long worked for the Florence-based espresso-machine manufacturer, La Marzocco. He and his team source their beans from all over the world.
Kookaburra also sells a variety of baked goods. Some, like the muffins, are made in house; bagels and croissants are baked elsewhere. One specialty of the house is toast made with the sourdough loaf from Blacksmith’s Breads in Long Beach.
The name "kookaburra" refers to the Australian bird whose squawk sounds disconcertingly like human laughter. Christopher DelGatto explained that when the family was looking for a name for the new shop, “my dad was coming up with lame ideas like ‘the badda bean.’ It was my cousin, who was studying to be a veterinarian, who suggested ‘kookaburra.’ Australia has a great coffee culture, and we all liked the sound of it.”
Kookaburra Coffee Co. is open Monday to Wednesday, 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kookaburra Coffee Co. is at 324A Hempstead Ave., Malverne, 516-218-2258, kookaburracoffeeny.com.