Black Market at Melbourne’s international coffee expo 2014

Black Market is eagerly looking forward to Melbourne’s International Coffee Expo (MICE) 2014 With the Melbourne International Coffee Expo 2014 (MICE2014) just around the corner with 150 exhibitors over four days using the freshest roasted beans to produce award winning coffee the excitement is building and Black Market Roasters are gearing up to be amongst […]

Want to setup a cafe in Russia?

If you have ever thought you would love to own a café, have you ever thought where it would be? Near the beach, next to a train station, in the CBD? How about in Russia? This is what some of the biggest coffee driven companies in the world are working on right now. Lavazza is […]

World Barista Competition

Held in Melbourne 2013, the World Barista Competition (WBC) was a test of the highest caliber of baristas in front of formidable judges. One representative from 30 countries have been through countless competitions just to get to this level and seeing them all perform in Melbourne was a real treat for the BeanSurfing team. Using […]

5 Most common home coffee mistakes

Black Market Roasters, the online coffee bean shop looks at the most common problems people face when making coffee at home. They are simple to fix, just read on and you will be tasting fantastic tasting coffee in no time! 1. The coffee they receive is dead! If you buy coffee from a supermarket, chances […]

Long blacks, short blacks and other fancy coffees

You can seriously walk into one café in the same city order a long black, get a coffee, then walk into one around the corner, order the same coffee and get something completely different! This can be frustrating as a customer, tough it isn’t all bad, it is because hopefully the barista is trying to […]

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What are the different types of coffee beans?

There are literally 100’s of different types of coffee beans grown around the world. Names like caturra, bourbon, geisha and mundo nova can be very confusing, so we will take you through the basics so you are ready to take on the geekiest of coffee geeks! Basically there are two different types of coffee bean […]

Where is coffee grown?

Great question! Coffee is grown all over the world, though specialty coffee (the stuff Black Market Roasters buys) only grows under strict conditions (it’s a fussy plant). Typically the Arabica plant is grown around 3000 feet (and higher), in the ‘Coffee Belt’ around the equator, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. […]

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The History of Coffee Beans

This story is one of the most wildest, controversial and amazing that has ever been told. Some facts are debated today and the intercontinental grudges are definitely being held to this day! The history of coffee beans as told by the online coffee beans shop, Black Market Roasters in Sydney. It all started with a […]

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What is Light Roast coffee?

It depends which country you are in! Black Market Roasters takes a look at what light roast coffee is, how it is different and how do you use it? Light roast coffee simply speaking is the same type of coffee bean which is used for espresso or plunger, though it has a different roast profile. […]

What are Green Coffee Beans?

Ok, so this is pretty simple. Coffee that we drink at cafes and at home, are ground up forms of a coffee bean. Those coffee beans originally grow on trees inside little cherry-like fruits. When those little beans are dried and the moisture level is to a specific point, they can be shipped around the […]

What is a Pourover?

Black Market Roasters looks at what a pourover is, where it came from and what makes a great pourover? First patented around 1800, this filter method is uber popular in Japan. It is becoming seriously trendy now in Australia and in the US they have quite a developed specialty filter coffee market (in some areas […]

How hard should I tamp the ground coffee beans?

While this is a very common question I get, it is by no means a really important factor to consider when making coffee at home when compared to bean freshness, dose size, grinding etc. At Black Market Roasters, we have experimented with many different tamp pressures and styles and on a minute scale it makes […]