You’ll find Angie at the Roastery during the week and the Markets on a Saturday morning. She looks after the roasting and is Renee’s right hand gal. At 5ft nothing, she’s tiny but the Black Sheep family just wouldn’t be the same without her… and her tasty treats — she used to have her own pastry business!
What do you do at Black Sheep?
It depends on the day. I work a couple of days a week at the Roastery and Saturdays at the markets. So I'm either roasting coffee, or making it, depending on my shift. During the week I share the roasting load with Mark. It's where I feel most at home.
How did you come to work at Black Sheep?
I started working at Black Sheep about seven years ago, at the markets. I was working as a pastry chef at the time and decided I wanted to learn how to be great at making coffee. I was already a customer at Black Sheep when Katie surprised me one day with the opportunity to learn at the Markets. Back then there was a Wednesday night market and I went along and did training there, then eventually joined the regular line-up on Saturday and Sunday also.
Rewind a couple of years, I was still working with pastries and doing the markets when Mark invited me to learn how to roast. Knowing it was an opportunity not to miss, I jumped at the chance. Eventually the Roastery opened... and I'm still here today.
What does a typical day at Black Sheep look like for you?
It starts with catching up with the family (that is Black Sheep) sharing stories of the weekend, stories of our kids, enjoying a coffee, and always a few laughs... and then I get into weighing up the beans and firing up the roaster. Roasting days are busy, so you'll find me down the back for the rest of the day.
What do you love most about working at Black Sheep?
The people, hands down. It really is a family vibe between us. I care about them and I feel they care about me. It's a lot of fun most days, plenty of hard work and lots of laughs.
What’s your go-to coffee order?
I generally start the day with a comforting flat white then drink black throughout the day. I'm in a lucky position because I get to sample the up-coming coffees and decide what's roasting, so I always know what I'm looking forward to once it hits the front bar!
And what about your favourite style of roast/bean?
I don't know if I have a favourite as coffee is forever changing. We get a new delivery every fortnight so there is always something new to fall in love with. I enjoy drinking filter coffees that showcase the characteristics best. And I never get tired of cupping (sampling) a table of coffees from different regions, countries or farms. I'm forever amazed at how different one coffee can taste from the next.
Do you have a favourite type of drink to prepare?
Probably a long black or espresso. The coffee looks so beautiful as it pours.
What would we find you doing when you’re not at work?
Spending days at home with my two-year-old daughter and 15-year-old puppy. They are both a little nuts! Haha.
What’s one of your earliest memories of coffee?
I was a bit of a late starter as far as drinking goes. I probably started really appreciating how complex it was after café hopping whilst on holidays in Melbourne.
What’s an achievement you’re most proud of?
Apart from my beautiful family... I had my own wholesale pastry business for a couple of years when my daughter was born. I was proud of the work I created, whilst juggling a newborn/toddler. But it was incredibly hard work. Hence, I'm back roasting coffee!
What’s something your customers might not know about you?
Probably a whole lot, as I tend to hide down the back of the Roastery. I joke that I’m the world’s worst waitress. I can't carry a coffee to save myself!