From the blackest of kopi Os (strong black coffee with sugar in Singapore and Malaysia) to the most sugary Starbucks Java Chips frappes, there’s one thing we can all agree on – caffeine isn’t just a mode of sustenance in Asia. It’s a way of life.
And it’s becoming more than just an afterthought in the world of tipples, too. Coffee culture is slowly making its way into the murky depths of night drinking, and Aussie-born purveyors in coffee liqueurs, Mr Black, is on the forefront of paving the way for craft coffees into the night.
The brainchild doc Tom Baker and Philip Moore, one of Australia’s foremost distillers, Mr Black Roasters & Distillers was founded in August 2013 and celebrates the virtues of coffee after dark with a range of cold brew liqueurs that’s expeditiously taking the cocktail world by storm.
Tall, dark and handsome, Mr Black goes well with tonics, cocktails, or simply drink it over ice. Global Coffee Ambassador and Champion at the 2017 World Coffee in Good Spirits competition, Martin Hudak is a fervent believer about craft coffee in cocktails, and his recent stint down at Singapore’s Cocktail Festival demonstrated just how versatile Mr Black can be. It takes centre stage in a sumptuously creamy Espresso Martini, or for something fruiter, in an Espresso Martiki (that’s an espresso martini with a splash of rum, tiki style).
A bar staple for the likes of The American Bar at The Savoy London and Melbourne’s Black Pearl, its no wonder the cult favourite is loved amongst world’s best bartenders and has scooped up one accolade after another, including a Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.. Highlighting the natural bitterness of coffee beans and balanced with half the sugar of old-world coffee, the concentrated liqueur boasts a robust aroma and balanced flavour that only comes from high quality, clean Australian vodka, and the best beans sourced worldwide.
Want to get in on the action? Starting May 2019, Mr Black will be served at bars like Atlas Bar, Fat Prince and Jigger & Pony, so round up your coffee-loving javaphiles and take them on a wild ride on the dark side.
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