Casita Coffee

Casita Coffee may be relatively new to Footscray Market – but word is already spreading about their signature dulce de leche hot chocolate.

Spoonful of dulce de leche

“We take a generous spoonful of dulce de leche and cover the inside of the glass in it. Pour in some hot milk, sprinkle generously with chocolate powder and voila – a delicious drink to fortify you for a market visit!” laughs Ashley Kniveton, one of three co-owners of Casita Coffee. 

As you’d expect, excellent coffee is also a point of pride at Casita Coffee. Their coffee is made with their house blend of South American beans, specially roasted for them in Port Melbourne.


If you’re hungry, Casita Coffee offers fresh sandwiches – the Reuben is the bestseller – as well as empanadas handmade by two local Chilean chefs calling themselves ‘Two Chiles’. 

Numerous hospitality businesses in Melbourne

Casita Coffee is the latest venture for Ashley and his longtime friend and business partner, Eduardo Inostrza. Together Ashley and Eduardo have owned and still own numerous hospitality businesses in Melbourne. Their current projects include a coffee cart inside the Citadines hotel in Bourke Street Melbourne, Roadshow Coffee which attends music festivals and farmers markets and the original Casita in Springvale’s Homemaker Centre. 

Ashley and Eduardo met Yanni, the third person in the Casita Coffee trio, when they were operating a cafe in a North Melbourne apartment complex. When the opportunity arose for a new coffee stall inside Footscray Market, Ashley, Eduardo and Yanni decided to go into business together. 

Footscray is an up-and-coming area

“Footscray is an up-and-coming area, and I think it is a great place for young entrepreneurs like us to start a business,” explains Ashley. “Being English, Chilean and Greek we also love the multicultural feel of Footscray. Footscray Market feels like it’s the last stronghold in inner city Melbourne with a focus on ethnic food.”

“The best thing about Casita Coffee is working with friends and being part of a community that embraces different people and food from all around the world.”