Black Star Pastry

Fast scores:
Coffee: 14/20
Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 27/40

Sunday: As huge storm clouds push their way over the horizon, I find myself walking up King Street thinking about an arvo coffee. Funny fact about Newtown, is often the best cafes, bookshops and what-not are not actually located on the well known street itself. Locals love to show off this fact, and you’ll see flocks of people stalking the side streets with direct confidence (not that many don’t know where Campos, Luxe, etc are). I follow the crowds and head towards Australia Street.

The Black Star Bakery is a fine Newtown establishment, which many have commented is a reason in itself to go to Newtown. Black Star is also in vouge right now and has been making amazing headway across the Sydney baked goods landscape.

Black Star is so-very-Newtown. It’s staff are chilled, there are political environmental posters on the wall, and everything is very cramped and very friendly.

I walk in and find an odd occurrence, while there are a few peoples having their ‘sit-in’ on benches on the sidewalk, I’m the only one inside (score!). I go up to the counter and ask for a flat white. The barista is chatty and tells me about the experimental bakery goods which they are trying out. Love the fact they have ginger ninjas here (ginger bread men).

I grabbed at seat in the windowsill and watched the coffee magic unfold. The coffee is produced quickly and the girl calls me up. Just for this second, the shop is understaffed, so I collect the coffee myself and sit down. The barista is quite and to the point, but she is here by herself!

Having sat here not very long, a huge bolt of lighting rips across the sky and the heavens open up. It’s not a surprise that within a matter of seconds my empty windowsill becomes very crowded.

So onto the coffee. Technically speaking it’s all well done, it has a nice milk to foam ratio to it and a sold radiating heat, which is nice on such a wet afternoon. Art-wise, it’s not fantastic, but you can note that the barista has some skill, making something like a club shape pattern, I reckon if you put her on the spot she could do something kinda cool. I also like the combo of a brown cup on an orange saucer

The smell from the drink was solid, which a nice fruity aroma of hitting your nose from the start. Taste wise, the drink was unique for my blog as this undecipherable (to my nose) fruitiness, turned into a wonderful citrus-lemon like taste. Tasting it you get both a sweet and sour hit which is wonderful (ginger ninja would hit the spot with this drink, adding to this complex fruity taste).

Over all, the café is small, but very Newtown. The smell of the place almost unbeatable when they are making bread (bread and coffee, is there anything better?) which does give it some unique charm. While the coffee is not presented that fantastically, the nice fruitiness of the drink more than makes up that. I love the cafe, while the service was a bit of an unknown given the staffing problems, it’s a place I would not hesitate to get a takeaway from, whether I was buying bread or just walking by.

On a side note: As I was leaving I could not help but pick up a sour dough baguette, which, while having little to do with the scores here, was fantastic and a reason to come here in itself.

1. Coffee score
Style (presentation): 6/10
Experience (taste, etc): 8/10
Coffee total: 14/20

2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): hippy meets hipster bakery
Cool?: 8/10
Service: 5/10
Cafe: 13/20

Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 27/40

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