Bunker being one of the leading coffee spots in Brisbane seemed like the perfect place to host this event. Black Coffee was founded last year after creator Mark Free suggested friends stay home to enjoy a home brew. The premise of Black coffee is to do away with all the distractions like machines, milk, sugar and to simply appreciate coffee in it's purest form. The espresso machine had been taken out of Bunker and instead replaced with humble AeroPress and Siphons.
Mark brought Elieen from Market Lane coffee with him to help show case some of the single origins from Brisbane and Melbourne's best micro-raosters like Market Lane and Cup. Mark told me that roasters will use a roast to disguise a poor quality bean but using quality single origins you really get to taste the true bean flavour rather than the roasting process. I was surprised myself at how delicate, light and fruity black coffee in this form tasted. After all as Marcus owner from Bunker says "Coffee is actually a fruit."
Black Coffee has no fixed address they do hold weekly pop ups mostly in Melbourne. Even though I am a coffee novice I was appreciative to be able to see and taste coffee in this environment. If you are a coffee enthusiast or even if you just want to learn more like myself I think this is great with it's ability to not only serve coffee but educate about it.
Black coffee works off a donation basis and Mark and Elieen both happily answered questions from the crowd at Bunker that day. It's clear they do it for the love, Eileen even told me she deferred a uni degree to focus on coffee. It was a pretty good experience and I'm grateful for people like Mark, Elieen and Marcus for supporting events like this to give people a better appreciation of coffee.
If you want to know more here are some links to both Black Coffee and Bunker and also some of the photographs from the day.
This is also a previous blog post on Bunker itself.