No one appreciates an Espresso Martini like Tom Baker, co-founder of Australian coffee-liqueur company MR BLACK and creator of the Espresso Martini Festival.
Baker has partnered with a suite of venues to create the week-long event, both to celebrate International Coffee Day on October 1 and as a tribute to the Espresso Martini. He wants to restore the cocktail to its former glory.
“We kind of saw the progressive degradation in the quality of the drink. People using bad coffees and bad coffee liqueurs and really not putting as much love into the drink as they used to,” Baker tells Broadsheet. “It shouldn’t be this sickly sweet thing. It should be beautiful, dry and bitter-sweet.”
A collection of Sydney’s best bars, including the likes of Kensington Street Social, This Must Be the Place, Eleven Bridge and Bennelong, will be serving their take on a Mr Black infused-coffee cocktail over six days. Sydneysiders will be able to hop from venue to venue, immersing themselves in the buzzing world of coffee meets cocktail. Some of the best-sounding ones are a Cafe Americano by Eleven Bridge, with Mr Black, Champagne, Campari and orange salt; 212 Blu are making a Brew Haha with Mr Black, tequila, cold brew and agave.
“It’s such an amazing drink, which people just can’t get enough of,” Baker says.
The festival will run from Monday September 26 to Saturday October 1.
Grain Bar, This Must Be The Place, The Hayberry, Eleven Bridge, Kensington Street Social, York Trading Co, Mojo Record Bar, 169 Cafe and Restaurant, Bennelong, Glamp Bar, The Corner House, Della Hyde, The Owl House, 212Blu, The Butler, The Botanist, SoCal, Bondi Hardware, Luis Tans, Smoking Panda and Bat Country.