The Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) joins the broader Melbourne coffee community in mourning the untimely and tragic passing of Sisto Malaspina.

Tragically killed only meters from his business during Friday’s terror attack on Bourke Street, Sisto had co-owned the iconic Pellegrini’s for more than 40 years.

Pellegrini’s is an iconic part of the city’s Italian coffee heritage and a popular tourist attraction.

Pellegrini’s has been closed for business since 10 November where tributes and flowers lay outside the shop, including a handwritten sign from Pellegrini staff with the words “best boss”.

ASCA Board Member and fellow Melburnian, Bruno Maiolo, said, “All of us owe a debt to the great man, as he forged out our coffee culture in Melbourne. Rest in peace, Sisto.”

The family of Sisto has been offered a state funeral.