James Traill was a dedicated employee of Corretto’s and when the previous owners were ready to move on, they offered to sell the business to him. James jumped at the opportunity. He was in his mid 30s, had been working at Five Ways, Paddington for more than 12 years and felt he was ready to step up and take it over.
Located in the bottom floor of a traditional terraced house, James’ The Jim reopened its doors in December 2014 with a fresh coat of paint and some specifically chosen pieces of art. When you step inside you’ll instantly feel like you’ve entered someone’s home or their living room. The clean white décor give it an air of sophistication but the colour coordinated vases and knick-knacks put you right at home. It’s tucked away a bit behind the main streets in the lovely Glenmore Road amongst the jacaranda trees – if you want to find it, you will.
James is dedicated to offering good coffee, good products, good service and a great atmosphere. Jack of all trades, he owns, manages and plays Head Barista for the business. For him, coffee is where it’s at. “Coffee is a way of life, it’s about the interaction and the routine of one’s day,” he said.
Jim has used Gabriel Coffee in various cafes he has worked at over the years, and it was the obvious choice of supplier for The Jim as well. James went to visit Gabriel Coffee’s warehouse and was impressed by the way they worked together and how they interacted. This is exactly what coffee’s all about for James – the interaction between people. After meeting Sam De Gabriellan and his staff, there was no question in his mind that this was the coffee company to supply his cafe. James serves exclusively espresso-based coffees, which allows him to focus on making his coffee the best in the area.
The Jim may be a new cafe, but it already has a strong following of Paddington locals. “It’s very community based”, said James, “we see the same people, at the same time, every day.” The Jim serves breakfast and lunch, seven days a week but it’s really all about the breakfast. The menu is all about the stacks – bacon, salmon or mushroom stacks, that come with avocado, eggs how you like them, haloumi, house-made relish, and other tasty sides. James plans to open for nights soon, too. No doubt this will mean a rush on the already popular espresso martinis, currently available from 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
During summer, there are outdoor tables to take advantage of Sydney’s glorious weather, with shade from the awnings that line the terraced buildings. For the colder months there’s a fireplace and comfy lounges. It’s small and cosy, and well worth seeking out. Take a trip down Glenmore Road soon, you’ll see.