Paramount Coffee Project is the Surry Hills showcase for Australia’s best specialty coffee – and great cafe food.
Paramount Coffee Project, a joint venture between Russell Beard (Reuben Hills, Sydney) and Mark Dundon (Seven Seeds, Melbourne) is the place Sydney goes when she wants to taste the best of Australian specialty coffee – all she needs is a tram ticket (oh, wait…)
The weekday coffee menu in this big, cool (in both senses of the word) space in a converted cinema foyer features a couple of single origins for espresso, a batch brew and something cold (in the summer, at least).
On weekends the dedicated brew bar breaks out the V60 for more single origin coffee.
Beans might come from roasters as diverse as Melbourne’s Small Batch (expect light-bodied fruity espressos), local Reuben Hills (excellent filter coffee) and cult Canberra roaster Barrio Collective Coffee.
A short black of Ethiopia Duromina from Barrio is a beauty – floral aroma, stewed fruit and a light, milky mouthfeel, while a batch brew of Reuben Hills Haro Sana is clean, tangy and just plain delicious.
Hot and hassly out there, Sydney? How about a cold brew of something imported. No, not a beer – a Small Batch Kenya Ruthagati maybe. This coffee from one of Melbourne’s top roasters is unlike the usual boozy cold-drip brews: it’s clean and dry with hints of smooth chocolate and plum.
The brunchy menu is full of coffee-friendly, American-accented tastes like the Al Pastor, a spicy pulled-pork tortilla with a roasted corn-laced salsa.
Melburners might be surprised to find themselves paying for carbonated water by the jug – a little Sydney downside perhaps.
On the service upside, they’ll recharge your iPhone for you – on their chargers, in secure drawers behind the bar. Just don’t forget it when you go.
Paramount Coffee Project
Where 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, (02) 9211 1122
When Daily 7am–4pm