Uncommon Coffee from Freelance Coffee Project

Freelance Coffee Project appears to be Southern California’s first roastery and tasting room focusing solely on single-origin coffees.
Photograph Courtesy of Freelance Coffee Project

New Freelance Coffee Project appears to be Southern California’s first roastery and tasting room focusing solely on single-origin coffees. Two original founders of Common Room Roasters and of Melbourne-based branding agency Passport Brand Design created the concept; Freelance and Passport’s U.S. outpost share a stylishly converted warehouse in an industrial area of Newport Beach. The coffee side is lined with engaging art and burlap sacks of single-origin beans. It offers a curated collection of home-brewing equipment, home wares, ceramics, gifts, and bags of single-origin coffee as well as a window onto the roastery itself. Baristas present a variety of classic and specialty drinks alongside pastries from Crema Artisan Bakers. Beans such as Ethiopian Guji Derikocha and Colombian Finca La Lina Pink Bourbon make for superlative espressos. The menu also includes the Sparky espresso tonic and the Adaptogen latte. Head roaster is Ryan Okko; owners Jeremy Creighton and Natalie Taormina are launching a second location in Laguna Beach. 882 Production Place, Newport Beach, 949-877-8862, freelancecoffeeproject.com