The first thing that hits you when visiting Little Matcha Girl in Como is the specialist green tea cafe’s striking fit-out. You get the impression that no expense was spared. For its first north-of-the-river venture, the team behind Little Matcha Girl, Sprolo and Blacklist Coffee Roasters have taken a different approach.
Taking cues from Japanese and Scandinavian interiors, Blackbox Brewers is starkly monochromatic and understated in appearance. This time round, the purse strings have been tightened, forcing both staff and customers to focus on the coffee rather than the furnishings.
"A lot of new cafes seem to be spending a large part of their budget on the look of the shop” says co-owner Stefanie Wee. “Both the business and consumer get caught up in how 'Instagrammable' the place is, and the actual product is forgotten. We want to bring the focus back to what the customer is actually there for: a really great cup of coffee."
Wee and fellow co-owners Gabriel Tan, Rie Moustakas and Darren Woon set themselves the challenge of opening the cafe in just two weeks and have wielded paint brushes, assembled IKEA furniture and built the cafe’s counter at night to meet their deadline.
Naturally the beans are from Blacklist with the award-winning Forte blend front and centre. It will be joined by a rotating cast of single origins for espresso and filter coffees. Keeping with the cafe’s DIY theme, the owners have applied their own bamboo finish to the La Marzocco Linea Classic coffee machine. The matcha powder is supplied by Little Matcha Girl and is shipped directly from a family-owned green tea farm in Japan.
Blackbox Brewers will also be selling takeaway food items including cakes from Little Matcha Girl and juices from Pressed Earth and specialty teas. Coffee beans and tea products will also be available for purchase.
Blackbox Brewers opens on Friday July 1.
Shop 4 / 439 Hay St, Subiaco
Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat 8am-3pm