In 2013, brothers Trevor and Steve Simmons transformed this open warehouse into a lively cafe, an ambitious roastery, an upstairs cupping (tasting) lab and expert coffee training facilities. It’s a pretty serious upgrade from their previous venture, Northcote’s Penny Farthing.
At Industry Beans you can expect top-grade product and intriguing flavours sourced anywhere from the hills of Sumatra to the plantations of Panama, on a daily list featuring nine different origins.
Dishes are spread wide across the brunch spectrum, from light and fresh (compressed watermelon with rosewater and lemon myrtle panna cotta) to rich (truffled egg with zucchini ribbons, enoki mushrooms, pea panna cotta, artichoke crisps and coffee) and downright filling (a coffee-rubbed Wagyu burger on brioche).
Determined to keep everything in-house, the Simmons’ serve homemade bread, butter and baked goods. Fresh fruit juices are also bottled on the premises.
The cafe’s quiet backstreet location is a boon during the week, when you’ll have the tranquil front yard to yourself. On weekends the block buzzes with shoppers at the adjacent Rose Street Market, and fitness junkies coming and going from CrossFit Victoria next door.