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. […]

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 […]

How fresh should the coffee beans be?

This is a common question when I am at the espresso bar. Should the beans be straight out of the roaster? Are they better and brighter as soon as they roll out of the cooling tray? In this blog post, Black Market Roasters will take you through the ideal roast timing for your home use. […]

Storing coffee beans at home

Very simple this one…YOU DON’T! Well, in an ideal world, you will not keep coffee for longer than a few weeks. In this short post Black Market Roasters looks at the best way to keep your freshly roasted coffee…fresh! Firstly, we need to realise that freshly roasted coffee, as it ages, loses volatile aromatics, beautiful […]