Coffee Review: The Black Sheep Espresso Baa

80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Situated on the popular Marine Parade in Coolangatta, and overlooking one of the GC’s greatest beaches, The Black Sheep Espresso Baa is a small cafe that boasts a huge personality.

Serving up coffee to tourists and locals alike on a beautiful red La Marzocco machine, the friendly staff are happy to discuss their coffee and make recommendations on which way to try their rotating single origin beans. I am lucky enough to get talking to Danni aka “Sugar” who is a wealth of knowledge and is eager to discuss the beans on offer.

Chilled out owner Dinesh is the eponymous Black Sheep, a nickname he picked up when he was younger and has stuck to this day. Having had previous experience with Toby’s Estate Coffee, when it came time to open his own café, he chose to go with Toby’s as he likes their social, ethical and environmental philosophy and the difference they are making in the world.

It’s RnB Sunday when I visit, and old skool hip hop is playing around the busy café with the staff laughing and chatting with each other and their patrons like old friends. In case you are unable to snag a table, patrons of The Black Sheep are able to borrow a picnic blanket and enjoy their meal or coffee down on the beach as they soak up the sun.

The ever popular Woolloomooloo from Toby’s Estate is the house blend at The Black Sheep and I try it in both a black and a milk coffee. The long black is tinged with chocolate and lemony bursts that keep you going back for more. A piccolo is daintier with smooth notes of caramel and chocolate.

The single origin Panama Santa Theresa washed honey compote is better black, according to Sugar, and she recommends I try a double ristretto alongside my usual long black. The double ristretto has a rich aroma of sweet cherry, enriched with caramel with a big taste that lingers long after you have finished your cup. The long black is mild and has a sweet citrus and a berry scent and, like the ristretto, packs a big hit with a lingering refreshing flavour of cherries.

Open from 5.00am to 3.00pm daily, The Black Sheep offers one of the best views on the Gold Coast coupled with great coffee and friendly service. A visit here will certainly leave ewe wanting to come back for more. If Coolangatta is too far, you’ll be happy to hear that Dinesh is opening a new location soon in Southport, so keep your eyes peeled.

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