On the sunny corner of Pitt and Redfern Streets, Bean and Berry is serving excellent coffee to Redfern’s morning crowds. “I blended the coffee myself. It’s my baby,” says co-owner Andrew Ross (previously seen at Butchers Block). “I’m sick of the earthy, bitter aftertaste of some coffee. I wanted something refreshing.”
The beans come from Leftfield Roasters in Marrickville. Ross says he chose it for its hands-on approach to roasting. “They’re old school, a bit like us.”
Ross’s business partners are his mum and dad, Margaret and Malcolm Ross. The family did the rustic refit of the old corner takeaway joint themselves; uncovering old roller doors with vintage food logos such as Peter’s Ice Cream and turning them into wall art, and cleaning up the stained-glass windows. The cream walls feature exposed black piping, which they’ve turned into shelves of vintage book sets and vases of dried flowers. Light bulbs hang out of frayed rope ends.
“My parents always bought the worst house on the best street and renovated it,” says Ross. “So we’re all a bit DIY and handy on the tools.” The neat menu includes poached-egg breakfast salad with Australian bush dukka; haloumi, olive and tomato shredded on sourdough; and mum’s winter stew of slow-cooked scotch fillet in red wine and tomato sauce served over parmesan mash.
Bean and Berry serves dense cinnamon scrolls from New York Cakes in Tarren Point (because he says they’re the richest) and creative lamingtons are delivered by LusciousKiki Cakes. It is open until 4pm; with sun streaming in all afternoon through the bay windows, it’s no wonder it’s had such an enthusiastic reception.
Bean and Berry
89 Pitt Street, Redfern
(02) 8540 6429
Mon to Fri 6am–4pm