COFFEE OF THE MAY: LAOS BOLAVEN PLATEAU

Only a small portion of the coffee grown in Laos is Arabica and meets the quality criteria that us Aussies seek from our morning brew. We love adding a bit of variety to our line-up and this coffee is a good example of a great coffee from a region that we don’t normally associate with […]

A CUPPA WITH FRANCO

So Franco, what do you do with Black Market Roasters? Mainly I run different types of coffee courses (Fundamentals, Latte art and Advance barista course) also here and then I visit shops helping them on the coffee side. Take us through a typical day. Depending on the course or how early or late I get […]

CAFE OFFICE ETIQUETTE

Even though people are returning to the office, many of you were able to swing a few WFH days, which you have cleverly converted to WFTC (work from the cafe) days. If you are one of these clever ones, you’ll already have a grasp of what is acceptable practice. But for those who are looking […]

SELF PROPHETIC CHAIRS

I went to a dumpling bar the other week, and other than I like dumplings (and bao buns), the chairs were the winning factor in choosing this restaurant over the ramen bar next to it, or the Mexican joint a few stalls down. This is big. I really like dumplings, but I am existentially enraptured […]

FIKA FOR FEBRUARY

It’s the last month of summer, and I want to enjoy every last bit of these long evenings, and fool myself into thinking humidity and the constant swishing of flies from the deliquescing camembert is the epitome of summer life. EAT Never so much has a recipe embodied fika in February than whipped feta with […]

A BIT ABOUT BURUNDI

Last month we featured this coffee from Burundi, and thought you know what? Not many of us know much about Burundi other that it makes delicious cup. So here is snapshot of the country who’s history and current circumstances are more complex than the coffee it produces.  

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 […]

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 […]

DO YOU HAVE AN ALTITUDE PROBLEM

I once had a customer who would come in, talk shop for an hour or so, tell me what coffee he’d been drinking lately, tell me about the best coffee he’d ever had (made it himself), would ask me if I had any beans available that were grown 2000 masl or higher, and would get […]

HOW NOT TO BE A COFFEE SNOB (WHEN YOU’RE A COFFEE SNOB)

I wouldn’t call myself a coffee snob. It’s not nice to call people coffee snobs so I extend that etiquette to myself, even though I am one. I don’t mean to be, it’s just that I like coffee. I love it, really. And I want each cup that I drink to be a celebration of […]

COFFEE OF THE MONTH! Indonesia Wahana Estate

Spring is in the air and with it comes my appetite for cold brew and bright roast filter coffees. Especially ones that are reminiscent of the summer fruits we start to see at this time of year. So it only seems right  that my pick for this month is this amazing Indonesian coffee from Wahana […]