The Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills

Paramount coffee project, Surry HillsSeven Seeds, Reuben Hills, and a variety of other coffees. 80 Commonwealth Ave, Surry Hills. I’ve been avoiding this one for a while as they’re not really into decaf, and I’ve been trying to find a balance between low caffeine intake and exploring different coffees.

I buckled, and – seeing from the Paramount Coffee Project Facebook page that the shop was open for coffee, but not yet open for food – it seemed the perfect day for a visit. The entryway is a little low-key, but once you step inside, you can tell immediately you’re in the right place.

Paramount coffee project, Surry Hills

Tip for beginners, don’t sit at this bench which is physically connected to the grinders they use for pour-over coffee – the bench vibrates quite a bit, and you’ll feel sheepish given the wide variety of other seating options.

Paramount coffee project, Surry Hills

Across the way is the espresso side of the business and the kitchen: if the pour over (an Esmeralda) I had is any indication, there is spectacular coffee to be had here. The staff are highly knowledgeable without being condescending, and there’s a level of passion for coffee here that is everything you could hope for. A worthy part of any self-respecting coffee tour of Sydney.


View Larger Map

Patricia Coffee Brewers, Melbourne CBD

Patricia's, Melbourne CBD

Seven Seeds Coffee. Corner Little Bourke St and Little William Street. When I was last at Circa, I mentioned the trip to Melbourne and was told that this is their favourite cafe when they’re in Melbourne. It’s indeed an impressive creation. The doorway reminded me a little of Batteries not included.

Patricia's, Melbourne CBD

The phrase “standing room only” is the only warning you have that there are no chairs inside. It’s a tiny space, with the space behind the counter filling about half the floor plan. 

Patricia's, Melbourne

Order a coffee, and you’ll be given a glass of sparkling water as a palette cleanser.  

Patricia's, Melbourne CBD

 Coffee (there’s no decaf) is exceedingly well-made. Even the babycinos (straight milk, no chocolate) are well-crafted.

 Website: patriciacoffee.com.au


View Larger Map