Black Market Roasters Marrickville
When Black Market Coffee launched its Marrickville roastery-cafe in 2021, there was an additional challenge: it was in early July, right after Sydney’s second lockdown. But owners Angus Nicol and Jess Hol – who also run Black Market’s popular Enmore Road cafe and the roastery’s wholesale business – kept a positive attitude and their business afloat.
The spacious warehouse is a big step up from Black Market’s origins in Hol’s garage, where she taught herself how to roast coffee beans. The space, down a backstreet in Marrickville’s industrial heartland, brings everything – a cafe, roastery, tasting bar and training space – together under one roof. It’s also part of an ecosystem of cafes and roasteries that already call the area home, including Ona, Roastville, Double Roasters and Coffee Alchemy.
The front portion of the whitewashed industrial space is taken up by the cafe, which is demarcated by a counter running the width of the building, behind which the barista works. Stretching behind that is a tasting room, and further along is the roastery. A communal table in the centre of the cafe space, as well as counter seating running around two walls, allow for dine-in customers.
The front counter is where you can participate in tasting experiences, which include coffee and food pairings. And while a “sensory coffee journey” might sound intimidating, Black Market is all about creating the exact opposite effect. The training space is both for those who simply want to make better coffee at home, and for aspiring baristas who want to get into the industry but can’t because they don’t have the experience.
There are multiple blends for milk-based coffees, as well as single origins for filter and cold brew. A range of smoothies are packed with plant-based protein, hemp oil, collagen, fruits and natural nut butters.
You’ll also find a range of croissants and other pastries, and classic cafe dishes. Think tomato and mozzarella-topped sourdough; green bowls with miso pumpkin; gruyere melts; and salami sandwiches.