He’s been in the coffee industry for over 12 years.
That’s why 9 Grams business owner Ihab Housaiki expects nothing less than “high quality coffee”.
But it’s not just the Bella Veneziano blend on offer at 9 Grams, Ihab also offers his customers a full service gourmet breakfast and lunch.
The industrial styled cafe features white-washed wood panelling, greenery hanging from the ceiling and native floral arrangements on the tables.
Emblazoned with a rustic and trendy ambiance, Ihab has worked hard to make his vision become a reality.
“I chose everything myself. But the J.B.S building team helped me create the atmosphere,” Ihab explains.
“The name comes from a shot of coffee – each shot is 9 grams.”
Ihab is no stranger to business, previously operating a Groove Train franchise in Geelong for four and a half years.
But Ihab says he has “always loved Pako Street”.
“I used to live just off Pako in Newtown.
“I like the vibe on the Newtown side. I love the people and the atmosphere – in a few years’ time you can see the area is going to be bustling.”
Asked what is popular for breakfast at 9 Grams, Ihab says the best sellers are “the protein omelette, French toast, corn fritters and pork benedict”.
“For lunch people love the Mediterranean lamb wrap with couscous salad and the grilled salmon.”
“We have vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options too – we can also change and swap things, we’re really flexible.
“We’re family and kids friendly too.”
Those wanting dessert can chose from a wide range of cakes sourced from Carlton cafe Brunetti.
9 Grams will soon transform into a fully licensed tapas and wine bar three nights a week.
“We will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings – the area needs something like this around here.”
Ihab says although the business is new, 9 Grams has been “busier than expected”.
“That’s what makes me think it’s time to expand.”
Construction works are currently underway at Mt Duneed’s Villawood Estate, where Ihab will shortly open his new coffee shop at Club Armstrong.
“I live in Mt Duneed and there’s not much there – if you want to get a coffee you have to drive all the way into Waurn Ponds.”
Asked why he chose to expand after just four months of trading, Ihab’s logic is simple.
“Do it while it’s good, you never know how long the honeymoon period will last,” he laughs.
But that’s not the only expansion Ihab has in mind.
“There’s also very exciting things coming in the Geelong CBD soon.”
9 Grams is open from 7am to 4pm seven days a week at 1/343 Pakington Street, Newtown, phone 5222 2716.