We give you the gift of a gift guide!

I’m terrible at thinking of good presents for my loved ones. General acquaintances are no problem – here, have some shortbread. Merry Christmas and be on your way. But loved ones are tricky. Actually caring about the person can make for a burdensome shopping experience. Do you get them something they need or something they […]

POOR TOMS X BLACK MARKET COCKTAIL

We’ve got the best neighbours.  You know those ones who give you cups of sugar, baskets of eggs from their productive chickens and bottles of spirits to drink and play with? Yep. They’re our neighbours! Poor Toms’ distillery and Black Market’s roastery have become great drinking buddies and are serving up a Cold Brew and […]

A VERY CHRISTMAS FIKA TO YOU!

I love traditions. I have new ones every year.  Part of their charm is the promise of a more meaningful season, a chance to slow down and enjoy the moments of the seasons: the first kiss of sunburn, ashflakes falling from a nearby bushfire, each one unique in its own way, and enjoy them with […]

COFFEE OF DECEMBER – NAUGHTY ELF

When the reminder popped up on my calendar, it was like a slap across the face. Christmas blend, already!!! So yep, here it is.  Introducing our Naughty Elf Blend.  Made up of three epic coffees. Indonesia – Blue Bianca Estate, Wet Hulled, Nicaragua – Peralta Estate Miriam Microlot, Natural, Anaerobic ferment & Colombia – Huila, […]

WHAT COFFEE DO YOU WANT?

You think you want a coffee, but it’s a big world of coffee out there and your decision making facilities haven’t had the caffeine required to fire them up. Here’s your proxy coffee decider. Feel free to print out a copy to have on hand for when you’re second in line in the cafe queue […]

FIKA BY THE SEA

Because of the long and warm November afternoon and evenings, the following fika guide was written specifically with a picnic at the beach in mind – but if the sea is not readily available to you, any body of water will do. A bucket of water. If you can find some sand, wiggle your feet […]

COFFEE OF THE MONTH

Guatemala : Antigua Los Volcanes The Antigua region in Guatemala has long been renowned for producing some of the countries best specialty coffees. The coffee is cultivated under the shade of trees which protects it from the occasional frost in the colder months, and the volcanic soil is rich in minerals. This harvest is everything […]

OPENING UP – CAN I GET A HELL YEAH!

I wanted to reserve this space to throw out a massive HELL YEAH!!  in response to the ‘road map’ and things opening up again in MId- October.   We will FINALLY be able to show you all around our warehouse and share some of the amazing things we’ve been working on over the last 6 months. […]

COFFEE OF OCTOBER – RWANDA INTANGO

Since cupping this coffee back in March I’ve been super excited to get my hands on it.  If I was going to turn my cupping notes into a legible sentence, it would read something like this.  “A warm mixed berry pie has just been pulled from the oven and sits cooling on the kitchen bench, […]

MYTHBUSTERS: JUDGING A COFFEE BY ITS CREMA

Do I start this off my saying that yes this is a myth up front or leave it as a big reveal at the end? I’ll leave it to the end. Build up the suspense first. Thick, golden crema is the stuff of magic. Wrong! Wait, I’m leaving judgement till later. No, it really is […]

LET’S GO TO COSTA RICA

I think, even though I’m feeling more optimistic about overseas travel happening again in my lifetime, I really want a holiday now. I know it doesn’t even begin to compare to the real thing, but they say that planning a holiday is 78% of the fun! I don’t know who ‘they’ are, but they sound […]

A CUPPA WITH TOM

The man, the myth, the legend – unfortunately wasn’t available when we conducted the interviews, so here’s Tom instead! And really, Tom is much better because he’s real and has real life super-powers. Coffee super-powers. So Tom, what do you do with Black Market Roasters? I’m head of service department, dispatch department and delivery department. […]