Four key elements to improving your Latte Art

Practice, practice, repeat. It’s true that, to truly master your latte art skills, you have to keep practicing over and over again, take a class…then continue to practice. There are four key elements you want to remember when practicing your coffee art: 1. Height Where you hold your milk pitcher is important for the different stages of […]

Tips for Cupping like a Pro

Have you ever wondered what people were doing when they spoon out a bit of coffee from a bowl and slurp it? Have you ever questioned why they do it? Is it really necessary to make such loud and funny noises? Never fear; we are here to give you tips for cupping like a coffee […]

Winning at a cafe trial

We are always asked at Black Market Training; “How do I get a job as a Barista?” Naturally you want to know, and prospective employers will want to know that you can make a good coffee. Whether you are in Melbourne, Sydney or Amsterdam, the answer is always the same. You need to win over at […]

Coffee Nerd: Extraction

Coffee extraction, simply put, is using a combination of water, temperature, pressure and the length of water coffee ground contact time to bring out the soluble contents (and sometimes insolubles such as fines) into the cup. The word extraction is often used when we talk about the amount and type of chemical compounds that are […]