FIKA: AUGUST EDIITON

We did a little spotlight on the Yemeni coffee scene this month (check it out here) and I thought, since the middle eastern, hot dusty vibe is one of my all time favourite wavelengths, I’ll just roll it on into this month’s fika too. It’s tasty, and it’s warm. Eat. The Middle East has delightfully […]

COSTA RICA : COFFEE OF AUGUST

The Santuario project have been innovators in coffee processing. This lot was soaked in a juice made from coffee cherries before pulping, a process which is said to jump start the flavour development, it is then pulped retaining 65% of the pectin fruit layer and then dried (black honey process). If this wasn’t unique enough […]

THE MAGICAL INDUSTRIAL COFFEE SHOP

A good Industrial estate is a magical place. I’m not exaggerating when I compare it to Wonderland on the other end of the rabbit hole, or even more fittingly, Hogwarts.  From the outside, (the muggle) perspective, the industrial estate seems a bland, grey, indistinct, characterless conglomerate where the only colour and movement comes from hi-vis […]

COFFEE OF THE MONTH: INDIA : RATNAGIRI ESTATE

Ratnagiri Estate is located in the Baba Budan Mountain Range in the Western Ghats. It is the area where coffee was first planted in India by Bababudan (a pilgrim from Yemen who becomes so infatuated with the ‘magical plant’ that he sneaks coffee seeds in his beard to other regions). We love this story and […]

FIKA: JULY EDITION

This edition we’ve got good warm feelings from both cosy winter treats, and Indian inspired culture. Warming you from the inside and outside. DRINK Tis the season to be jolly with a warm mug of mulled wine while sitting around the fireplace/fire pit with a bowl of the below in hand. EAT Sticky date pudding. […]

COFFEE OF THE MONTH: RWANDA NYAKABANDE

Nyakabande Washing Station: Washed Grown by small-holder farmers this coffee is sweet, rich, and smooth and delivers everything you need for your morning brew. A touch of fruit and delicious chocolatey base notes carry through from the start to the end. Slow brews will open up the profile and accentuate the fruit whilst espresso will be […]

COOL UNIFORM

The first Monday of May is anticipated world wide for the Met gala’s fashion parade. The Met holds the biggest collection of fashion over the ages, and each year hosts a charity ball with an exceptionally exclusive guest list, and a dress theme. The result is very similar to the Oscar’s red carpet except the […]

FIKA: MAY EDITION

FIKA: MAY EDITION Do you know who does fika well? Italy. Do you know what they call fika in Italy? Tutto il giorno. Which means ‘all day’. This isn’t true, but I imagine that they don’t need a specific word for taking a moment of your day to enjoy and take in the surrounding beauty, […]

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 […]