Despite winning the Australian Brewers Cup Championship, Third Time Lucky Co-owner Heath Dalziel has kept himself grounded.
“Adelaide has a way of humbling you I guess,” he says. “But it’s great to have people come from interstate or overseas who have made a point to check out the café.”
Third Time Lucky takes its name from being the third café to be opened by Heath’s partner Quang Nguyen. Heath worked for Quang at Devour Café before they entered into business together.
“There was never a business plan to any of [Quang’s cafés] and they were all reasonably successful,” Heath says. “The name was a bit of a tongue and cheek thing of ‘can we plan nothing again and make something that works?’”
With Third Time Lucky, Heath and Quang aim to create a café where people can get to know each other.
“The biggest thing that I’ve always tried to do, in this café and at Devour, was create a community,” Heath says. “I really love to see people engaging with each other that may not necessarily know each other.
Third Time Lucky serves Heath’s competition-winning filter coffee on pour over, as well as Ona Coffee’s Black Betty for its house blend. Ona describes it as a decadent and smooth coffee, combining chocolate and caramel flavours with a creamy texture.
“It’s been incredible working with Ona,” Heath says. “We started with them about 12 months ago and I didn’t know too much about coffee competitions. I knew Ona was involved with them and that there was pretty serious pedigree to this company. Then I was encouraged to compete for the first time. It’s been quite the whirlwind since then.”
Heath is currently training for the World Brewers Cup Championship, taking place in Brazil from 7 to 9 November.
For him, the best part of working in Third Time Lucky is the relationships he establishes with customers.
“They’re a regular face for me to see and I’m a regular face for them to see,” he says. “The number of people you can see in a café on a daily basis is incredible.”
Third Time Lucky
4/436 Henley Beach Rd,
Lockleys, South Australia 5032
Open Monday to Friday 7am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 2pm