I always wanted to visit Black Sheep after having a nice chat with the owner at CBD market. I bought a bag of Kenya, which turned out to be very juicy and fruity. I am, however, very lazy, particularly in the morning, so tried once to visit Rocklea Market, but somehow I missed it. I tried second time, finally found it, but too hot to have coffee.
Black Sheep Roaster 1
I was extremely happy when I heard the roaster now opens on weekend, and learned two of my favorite lady baristas working there now.
The setting is getting better, the selection of music is very nice. Not many places play jazz in Australia. It is not huge, but spacious and lots of light and air. When I visited them for the first time, it carried an atmosphere of work-in-progress, but the place now has vases with flowers and coffee books if you wish to get some education on coffee.
The espresso machine looks shiny and bright, but baristas behind the machine make this roaster the place for people who are after friendly chats. The head barista greets everyone and conveys happy vibes. Espresso, V60 and moccamaster brews are offered. There are three grinders.
I had Panama on V60. I sometimes find Panama lacking something – all taste profiles are so subdued, still enjoyable but not memorable. I had excellent Panama at Jacu (will write about it another time) as it is from Ninety Plus, so no wonder it tasted extremely delicious, but Panama here also tasted very much enjoyable. The presentation was also nice – though the head barista and I feel a bit strange to use Japanese mug for coffee (they are dedicated for green tea), I guess Japanese mugs maintain the temperature high enough comparing to traditional porcelain cups. Something different is always welcome.
Black Sheep also offers an interesting selection of tea. I tried Un-nam white tea that tasted peachy sweet with some flower scent. It tasted really lovely and so mouthful. Since I have started drinking coffee, I don’t have much tea now, but the tea I had made me feel going back to my old ritual. One of the baristas also does a tea ceremony. If you are interested, you can go in to ask.
Lovely tea served by a young tea master
Unfortunately they do not offer any food at the moment as its main focus is roasting. But if you love having a nice coffee in a relaxed environment, this is the place you need to visit. It is a hidden gem in the industrial area.