Industry Beans is a new roastery-come-café by the Penny Farthing dudes. It’s situated behind Rose Street Artists' Markets and next to a boot camp studio, and they’re as serious about coffee here as Captain Pain next door is about a regulation push up.
Attentive staff hand you your bible as soon as you take your seat: a fifteen-page coffee menu featuring single origins from as far afield as Honduras, El Salvador and Burundi, with three running through the espresso machine and more getting the pour-over, AeroPress and cold drip treatment.
They even have a little viewing platform up the back so you can watch the Industry guys loading beans in and out of the roaster while you swirl your brew like some privileged fop. Go the Honduras single origin through the AeroPress. It's like jumping into a hydrangea bush– floral and just a little bit spiky.
If the roasters aren’t firing – or you’re more here for the breezy warehouse space (it’s a goodun: white, sleek, open to the grungy Fitzroy alley) settle in among the planter boxes out the front.
Industry’s kitchen has some catching up to do with its coffee, but we're impressed at the many ways beans sneak onto the plate – bittersweet AeroPress jelly with poached stone fruit and rhubarb is sharp, invigorating genius. House-cured salmon served with candied shallots and saccarine corn bread is a touch on the sweet side, but you'll find basics hitting home. And there are plenty of puffy buttery croissants and dear little cakes up for grabs.
With this much ace caffeine action, we're happy to make ours a degustation du coffee. Breakfast of champions.