UPDATE, TUESDAY MAY 18: Industry Beans is moving from these original northside digs to a grander space just around the corner. The current location at 3/62 Rose Street, Fitzroy, will serve its last customers on Sunday, May 30. The doors to the new site are slated to open in July — in the meantime, you can sate your coffee cravings at the pop-up stall stationed out the front, at 70-76 Westgarth Street, Fitzroy.
Melbourne loves coffee. This is obvious when a new café opens and on its second day people are lining up outside the door. Industry Beans knows a thing or two about coffee and is pushing the caffeinated boundaries just a little. Brothers Trevor and Steve Simmons from Penny Farthing in Northcote have taken what was their roastery in Fitzroy, just off the ever-busy Brunswick Street, and opened an on-site café.
When it comes to their coffee offering, they really mean business. After sourcing beans from all over the world the guys over at Industry Beans put a lot of their energy into the on-site roasting to bring out the best characteristics they can. Single origins come from anywhere from Brazil to Kenya, while the house blend is a beautiful mix of chocolate and hazelnut notes, a perfect combination to milk.
Not just a roastery or a place for top-notch coffee, Industry Beans Café is creating buzz for its food too. The menu boasts an interesting selection, showing loads of personality and originality. The large menu has something for everyone. A Melbourne favourite is given a unique twist in the avocado smash with whipped ricotta, sunrise lime gel and green tea salt ($19) on sourdough. Other unique brunch items include the likes of a pandan bubble waffle with blueberry gelato and a banana coconut foam ($21), and folded eggs teamed with sous vide barramundi, sambal oelek and mango coffee togarashi ($24). A coffee-rubbed wagyu burger stars pickled zucchini and chilli jam ($23), while a dish of fruit sashimi is matched with wattleseed rice crisp, coffee chaff milk jelly and coffee caviar ($19).
The space itself is stripped back and industrial, yet comfortable — the kind of cafe that makes you want to linger.