Since Sam McKay and Theo Engela launched Hark in 2018, the roastery has amassed a loyal following for its rich and meticulously crafted dark-roast coffee. In December 2023 the pair – who have previously opened a cafe and roastery in Malvern and a costal cafe-slash-taco joint – added a new roastery in the neighbouring suburb of Panorama.

The setting for its new roastery is a large and light-filled suburban warehouse which McKay told Broadsheet happend by “divine intervention”. (“A customer walked by and saw the building being cleared out by the owners,” he explains. “They sent us the photos and asked us to please start a coffee shop in their suburb.”)

That warehouse is now the beating heart South Australian-based air-roasted coffee outfit Hark. The space got a full refit to house Hark’s proprietary roasting technology and hefty roaster. The impressive piece of machinery is McKay and Engela’s secret weapon, giving them precise control over their signature dark roast.

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The Panorama roastery and cafe offers customers a behind-the-scenes appreciation with a massive glass wall separating the cafe and roastery designed to give cafe-goers a chance to observe the roasting activities in real-time.

“We’re trying to raise the bar with automation and systems in our roastery. We don’t want it to be behind the curtains; we want it on display”, says McKay, “We want to strip away the mystique and the mystery and snobbery of coffee.”

Snobbery aside, this is not your nanna’s cup of Moccona. The space has a dedicated pour-over bench where visitors can sample high-end filter coffees or buy beans sold in 20-gram vacuum-sealed pouches from the built-in freezer display. Experimentation is encouraged and any caffeine fiends are encouraged to visit the brew bar where you can get your own personal blend made for you.

Hark’s focus is well and truly on its coffee but its small food menu offers a rotating selection of sweet and savoury bites including pastries or a bacon and egg roll with relish made in-house by Hark’s Richelle Dennis.

The new spot will host a jam-packed calendar of industry events, seminars for wholesale customers and home coffee training sessions for the average Joe.

You may even spot Pilot, McKay’s giant groodle and unofficial Hark mascot (who now has his own merchandise).

Hark Coffee Roasters
57 Boothby Street, Panorama

Mon to Fri 7am–1pm
Sat 7.30am–1pm
Sun closed