Meet out staff: Mei

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Meet out staff: Mei

Mei, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi my name is Mei or as my boss lady (Katie) sometimes like to call me Mei-Lin.

I am the lady who often loves to cuddle or wave to our customer’s kids. I’m a totally sucker for a baby even I have two young children myself; I still love to cuddle everyone else’s babies.

What do you do at Black Sheep?

I generally work on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Roastery and Saturday or Sunday at Rocklea depends on our lovely boss. I often do a lot of the retail side; that involves bagging up all the retail bags for our Rocklea on Saturday and Sunday, restocking up all the retail shelves, glueing up the labels and getting all the retail bags ready for the next week.

I also serve the customers and making few coffees here and there.

Describe what’s a typical day at Black Sheep like for you?

Ummm, a typical day at Balck Sheep includes a lot of laughs, catch ups, silly faces, babies and cuddling but of course most of all making some yummy coffee.

What do you love most about working at Black Sheep?

My bosses and the staff. We are all work together like a big family. Everyone who works at Black Sheep makes the place, it’s such a fun and enjoyable place to work.

Go-to coffee order?

Piccolo used to my go-to order but my manager Renee (or as all the kids call her Nay Nay) slowly convert into Flat White.

Do you have a favourite type of drink to prepare?

Latte. Just love the difference between the head and the coffee.

What would we find you doing when you’re not at work?

Dropping off my 5 ½ boy to school then strolling through my local shopping centre with my 2 ½ girl. Both of them surely keep my not working days very busy.

Work/Life balance how do you do it all?

People might feel stressed out at work but for me Black Sheep Is my go-to Zen place. I come to work to have my inner peace then I go home to tackle all the craziness created by my 2 beautiful children :) 

Earliest memory of coffee?

The Mt. Everest Cappuccino which was a cappuccino with HUGE amount of froth.

Proudest achievement in your life this far?

Married with my lovely husband and have two beautiful children

Something your customers might not know about you? *We promise not to hold this against you.

Sorry this might grass a lot of people out. But being an Asian and growing up back home in Taiwan, I really love chicken feet especially at Yum – Cha it is one of my go-to dishes. 

 

 

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RSPCA CUPCAKE DAY

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RSPCA CUPCAKE DAY

Here at Black Sheep Coffee it is no secret that we love our furry friends. This year we are again getting behind the RSPCA CupCake Day and showing our support for all creatures great and small!

This Sunday 19th August and Monday 20th August at the Roastery in Woolloongabba we will be serving up delicious human and animal treats to raise much needed funds and awareness of the incredible work of the RSPCA.

Every single year the RSPCA helps more then 135,000 stray, sized and surrender animals and we hope to help raise some money to support this cause. 

Cupcake Day is a sweet* opportunity to raise awareness and money for the animals in need.  *Pun intended.  All the money raised from Cupcake Day will go directly to the RSPCA towards helping the abandoned and neglected animals. That is something we can get behind! 

So fellow animal lovers... what are you waiting for? Show your support this week at Black Sheep Coffee by donating to the RSPCA Cupcake Day and enjoying our made-with-love treats. 

Don’t forget to show us your cupcake and coffee combo and help spread awareness by sharing a photo and tagging @blacksheepcoffeebrisbane and hashtagging #RSPCABakeAChange. 

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Head to the RSPCA website for more information on Cupcake Day.. 

Photography by Sam Riley 

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We Heart Butterbing

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We Heart Butterbing

Is there anything greater than a thick, oozy layer of buttercream ganache smooched between two layers of a dark chocolate brownie cookie? We think not. Enter the Butterbing Cookie Sandwich. 

Black Sheep has all the heart eyes in the world for the not-so-humble Butterbing. Seriously we heart Butterbing. 

The Butterbing is the perfect accompaniment to your morning Black Sheep Coffee; with a balance of sweet goodness and a touch of savoury salt. The Butterbing Cookie Sandwich gets a 10 / 10 satisfaction rating! Trust us once you sink your lips around a Butterbing you will be head-over-heels-in-love singing 'Butterbing Butterboom.'

Hailing from Dandenong in Victoria, these Butterbings have a cult following in Melbourne and now they are available at our roastery and cafe here in Woolloongabba.  The Butterbing Cookie Sandwich is incredibly moorish leaving you wanting more, yet satisfying at the same time. It must have something to do with the size of them... not for the faint hearted! Imagine the love child of a macaroon and a chocolate brownie and that sums up the deliciousness of the Butterbing. 

Flavours vary weekly, however may include Vanilla Bean, Banoffee, Cookies and Cream, Salted Caramel, Snickers, Nutella & Mint. So what are you waiting for? Add a sneaky Butterbing to your next coffee order and you can thank us later. 

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Adults Only Banana Bread

Is there a more iconic and delicious match than a cup of coffee and a piece of warm banana bread? It's such a classic combination, loved by many and certainly a favourite in my tribe. 

I've been experiementing with combining my love of coffee with my love for cooking. Would it possibly work to actually put coffee into the banana bread? Could it work? Well the answer is yes, it works, it is delicious and the best part is I don't need to share it with my kids; because giving young children caffeine isn't a good idea. Said every sleep deprived parent ever. 

So here I give you an adults only banana bread. Perfect for most parents (lets be honest none of us sleep & need all the caffeine we can get), co-workers on a Monday, or for a little afternoon pick me up. A delicious treat with a subtle Black Sheep coffee hit.  

 See REALLY black/brown bananas. I only had two but I recommend using three for that extra banana taste. 

See REALLY black/brown bananas. I only had two but I recommend using three for that extra banana taste. 

What you need: 

  • Three overripe bananas (the browner /blacker the better)
  • 350 g Plain flour or wholemeal plain flour
  • Three eggs
  • 150 grams of butter
  • 150 grams of raw sugar or caster sugar 
  • Bicarb Soda
  • Salt
  • 90ml BlackSheep Coffee 
  • Tablespoon natural yogurt
  • Splash of milk 

What to do: 

If using raw sugar, mix the hot coffee with the sugar, so the sugar dissolves. 

Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla together and slowly add the coffee sugar mixture. Add in yogurt and a splash of milk if mixture seems to thick. 

Add flour, salt, bicarb and gentle fold mixture together. 

Pour into prepared backing tray and bake for 40-45mins until your house smells like divine banana bread and coffee. You can also check if the adults only banana bread is cooked by sticking a knife into the middle. 

Best enjoyed straight out of the oven with a thick layer of butter and a side of our favourite coffee. 

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Once you go black...

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Once you go black...

Ordering an espresso might seem a bit hardcore first up in the morning, but for those of use who can't tolerate lots of milk or perhaps are just diehard espresso lovers... once you go a black coffee you can never go back.

Whether you're thinking about cutting down your dairy intake or are a bit over ordering the same double shot flat white; a black coffee might be the way to go. Get yourself out of your coffee rut, try something new and say black please! 

Who knew there were so many different ways to have your coffee black? We've got you covered with some of our favourite ways to experience a black brew.

THE HOT STUFF

Long Black - double shot of espresso over hot water. Perfect for those who like to slowly sip their coffee away, perhaps whilst flicking through the newspaper. 

Long macchiato - a double espresso, a little bit of hot water, stained with steamed milk. Whilst not exactly a fully black brew, this might be the way to go if you want to ease into the black coffee drinking. 

Doppio/espresso - not for the faint hearted! Single or double espresso served straight up. Think of it as the scotch on the rocks equivalent in the coffee world. Also a little fun fact if you are lucky enough to be travelling to Europe this year... you can save some serious Euros, if you order and drink your espresso standing at the bar instead sitting at a table. #winning

Short macchiato - single espresso, stained w steamed milk. A short macchiato is like the little sister of the espresso. Perhaps you find the all black espresso a bit too in your face? Well try ordering a short mac instead; you'll be pleasantly surprised! It has the intensity of an espresso but it's a little bit more soft with the addition of the tiniest bit of milk. 

Batch brew - made in our Ratio brewer. A batch made filter drip coffee is made, using our rotating single origin. A batch brew is basically lighter version of a long black. Just quietly is might be the best thing you will ever drink. 

V60 pourover - is a hand made drip filter coffee made in a conical brewer. The pourover really highlights the flavour notes of the single origin. A pourover takes time to make, it's a fine craft & so it is best experienced while sitting in the sun watching the day pass you by. 

THE COLD STUFF

aka basically any of the above served over ice. Perfect for those hot Brissie days where you require a cold and refreshing pick-me-up. 

Chilled batch brew - as above but cooled down and served over ice. 
Iced long black - double espresso served over iced water. 
Iced doppio - double espresso served over iced water. 

So what are you waiting for? 

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Meet our staff: Katie Daley

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Meet our staff: Katie Daley

Katie Daley is a silent superhero at Black Sheep. A total #girlboss superhero; you know, one of those behind-the-scenes-make-stuff-happen-type superheroes? She inspires those around her to basically be a better person with her happy-go-lucky mentality.

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Meet our staff: Genevieve Ash

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Meet our staff: Genevieve Ash

Genevieve is our resident dog cuddler, and when she isn’t fixing our IT issues/printer problems/software meltdowns, you’ll find her behind the bar, brewing the amazing coffee we know and love at Black Sheep. Despite studying, working, and patting dogs (sometimes at the same time), Gen constantly impresses us with the passion she brings to the roastery. 

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The story behind Feeling Woolly

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The story behind Feeling Woolly

Today, our house blend and all-round favourite, Feeling Woolly, is a 5-bean blend, with smooth, lingering notes of dark chocolate, honey and malt. 

But back when Black Sheep was a single, stainless steel cart at the Rocklea Markets, Mark was working hard to come up with the perfect blend...

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Try the tea

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Try the tea

When you think Black Sheep, you think coffee, right? We are a roastery after all. But did you know we also serve tea? And of course, it’s not just any tea…

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Meet our staff: Issy Bange

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Meet our staff: Issy Bange

Don’t be intimidated by Issy's dry sense of humour, this little greyhound (she's a fast runner) can make a killer coffee and the conversation is always a laugh. She’s easy going and in true Aussie form can take insults just as easily as she gives them. Stop by the Roastery and let her pour you a cuppa.

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