Penny Coffee Co
Geoff Grundy spent six years in Melbourne working front of house for some of that city’s biggest names in coffee – Dukes, Code Black and Sensory Lab among them before opening Penny Coffee Co in April 2018. While there, he watched some roasters branch out to open multiple cafes with full food menus.
Grundy worked with Clui Design to create a neat space with caesarstone floors, subway-tiled walls and wooden highlights. The venue opens out on to Annerley Road via big bi-fold windows, a fabulous Shani Finch mural giving the understated treatment a welcome splash of colour.
Coffee is available as espresso, V60 or Aeropress. Grundy runs Parallel’s Shifting Light blend as his first pour, and guests rotate through every couple of weeks. The past they have included Eva Shao’s Light Coffee from East Brisbane, Melbourne’s Omar and Marvellous Bird. Tea comes from Storm in a Tea Cup, and cold drinks are covered by a juice and soft drinks.
Food is refreshingly uncomplicated. The Priory Kitchen alum Brittney Barling is serving dishes such as miso scrambled eggs with salt-baked salmon on rye; confit mushroom and pumpkin with a poached egg; and hummus; and chai-spiced bircher muesli.