Brothers Trevor and Steve Simmons are behind Industry Beans, a popular coffee roaster that began in Fitzroy in 2013. They expanded with a second Melbourne venue, and later a cafe in Sydney.
For their fourth venue, the brothers headed to Brisbane. It’s an ambitious space, taking up 700 square metres and seating 150. Over the course of six months they gutted a huge Newstead warehouse and turned it into a stunning cafe with a temperature-controlled courtyard, a mezzanine area for coffee training and an on-site roastery.
The fit-out was led by Melbourne’s Design Office, which has worked with Industry Beans on all its venues. They have a signature look: minimalist, sleek and very white. Here there’s plenty of natural light and lots of greenery with a full-grown tree planted inside the main dining room.
Industry Beans was the first cafe in Australia to use the La Marzocco Modbar – a coffee machine that’s hidden under the bench. It has also been installed at Newstead, allowing customers to see the whole coffee-making process without a machine in the way.
Industry Beans’ approach to food incorporates molecular gastronomy elements such as foams, dusts and gels. The cafe offers a brunch menu of a few favourites from down south including fruit sashimi and a coffee-rubbed Wagyu burger.