We have moved out of Parramatta!
Dear DSP Tribe,
The time has finally come to say goodbye to our baby in Parramatta. After years of disruptions, moving from venue to venue and the city going through the biggest change in history, we have made the tough decision to move our operation into our own permanent facility at Moorebank.
It all started in 2014 at 24 Darcy Street Parramatta. A revolutionary movement towards better appreciation of coffee culture and improving the prospects of disadvantaged communities into employment and social inclusion.
We were so blessed to be the first social enterprise in Australia to roast specialty coffee in house, teach and run a 6 day brew bar all under the same roof. We introduced “Pay It Forward” and made the bold move to go 100% re-useable cup and EFTPOS only. We served thousands of coffees to the homeless and provided free training to anyone that could not afford the short course fee. We collaborated with dozens of organisations to create social procurement pathways and participated with several Western Sydney University and University of New England programs and events. We still cannot believe that the former Governor General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove and former Premier of NSW Mike Baird visited us to have a coffee and showed their support for the project. We also acknowledge the continual support from the local MPs and of course City of Parramatta Council for assisting us during the start-up phase.
A big heart felt THANK YOU is in order for everyone that participated, supported, spoke about us and paid it forward for a complete stranger. A big thank you to the local businesses that worked with us and helped us through the tough times. We had so many laughs and made so many friends but most importantly you helped us lead the way to improve the coffee culture in Western Sydney. It was a team effort and we are so blessed to be part of a movement towards improving the lives of people and the environment.
We enter a new phase in the project to introduce “Food Security” into our programs and social catering as another way to help engage at risk communities. Watch this space as we roll out our first “Food Secure” Café in June this year at Macquarie Park.
We say goodbye for now and look forward to returning back one day when Parramatta has gone through most of its change. We will continue to deliver “pop ups” at Parramatta events and you can still catch us at our Sydney site on Pitt Street Mall and at our new HQ in Moorebank.
DSP has been training students to become professional Baristas since we first opened in 2014. We currently offer our classes at our new multi - purpose space in Liverpool.
Our short courses cover both basic and advanced skills required to become a barista. Each class includes the option of undertaking valuable work experience in a live cafe and potential opportunities for volunteering at various events. With DSP you don't just join a course, you join a tribe of like minded people and experts in the industry.
If you would like to know more, please head to the booking section or drop us a line at
Suncorp Community Café on Pitt Street Mall
Suncorp, Wesley Mission and Darcy Street Project have taken the plunge! We have joined forces to build the financial resilience of our community by providing education and employment pathways for people who are facing barriers to getting into the workforce through the Suncorp Community Café.
In 2018 we began our tripartite agreement and we couldn't be prouder of the collaboration. A perfect balance of perspective when approaching ways to help communities back on their feet.
If you find yourself around 197 Pitt Street Sydney, drop by for a free coffee, 7 days a week, made by alumni students. Don't be shy and let them know how their coffee is.
New classes @ 17/3 Kelso Crescent Moorebank
In 2018 we moved our training in Parramatta to 113 Macquarie Street, right next door to Parramatta Mission Church. A major change for us was to offer work experience to align with the Meals Plus Program.
Whilst we have closed our doors in Parramatta we are excited about flinging open the doors to our brand spanking new multi purpose space in Liverpool where we will be running our classes. For more information please head to the booking section or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for opportunities to replicate the work we did in Parramatta with the Meals Plus Program so if you or your organisation would like to support us or have us work with you and your clients, please get in contact with us. We would love to hear from you.
Why Darcy St Project?
The way we train our students is structured yet informal, and by drawing on over 15 years of coffee and hospitality knowledge, we are able to engage our students and create a learning environment that is both interactive, practical and of course fun! To ensure the training is also relevant for the current state of the industry, we provide up to date info that is necessary for anybody starting work in a cafe or hospitality environment today. This improves the employability of young people so they can gain the experience and skills they need to set them up for success. We also assist aboriginals, early migrants / refugees, homeless, and mature aged workers.
On the flip-side, if you are working with vulnerable communities and with any clients that may benefit from our training then we are here for you too.