The Bitty Bug is in crisis
Posted On July 30, 2021
It was a sunny afternoon, but the streets of Sydney were still damp with rain, and there were already crowds at the new Bitty Cafe in Sydney’s east, where the latest edition of the Bitty Bugs coffee is made.
I was sitting at the cafe’s bar, watching a video of some of the bugs and other bugs in the shop.
It was a video I’ve been watching for months, watching the bugs as they swarm around a machine to make a coffee, and seeing them take part in some of Sydney’s most memorable scenes.
A bit of a catchphrase, the bugs are part of the cafe, the coffee.
I saw a few other bugs at the shop as well, but I was the only one who knew the name.
In the video, a small boy with a pink umbrella was seen jumping from the cafe to the street below.
“It’s a bit of fun,” the boy said.
The name stuck, and the video went viral, and has been watched over 500,000 times on YouTube.
Bitty Bugs is also now part of a new initiative, called the Bumblebee, in which the cafe hosts an annual event where it hosts bugs to teach kids about the nature of bugs.
This year, Bumblebees were invited to Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens to teach about bugs.
“We wanted to make sure that the bees, the honeybees and the ants all got a bit excited,” said Julie McKeon, the owner of Bittybugs, about the event.
What they learnt was that bugs are also beautiful.
“They’re very versatile and they have very different colours, they have different sizes, they can live in different environments, they also have a lot of different behaviours,” she said.
“And so we wanted to really try and make sure these insects have a really good educational experience for kids, to really show them that they can have a life beyond just being pests.”
Julie McKean, Bitty bugs co-ownerJulie was in the cafe for the bees’ lesson.
When she returned home she noticed a Facebook post had gone viral.
She decided to do something about it.
Within hours, Bitchbugs was featured on social media, with over 500 likes and more than 40,000 comments.
Julie said the bees in the video were also learning to understand the bugs.
The Bitty Buses website is also up, with a video called “Bees learning to talk” which has attracted over 10,000 views on YouTube, and many comments from people in Sydney and the rest of Australia.
“There’s this incredible connection between insects and humans and nature,” Julie said.
Topics:business-economics-and-finance,human-interest,human,bees,australiaFirst posted September 20, 2019 10:06:48Contact Nick PouwMore stories from New South Wales