Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur Partners With App, Drinki, To Reinvent the Espresso Martini

Dark Side of the Moon - 46 & Mercy

The Espresso Martini. London’s favourite drink. Sometimes though, even a classic needs a little twist every now and again.  Mr Black, a cold press coffee liqueur from Australia, is looking to reinvent the Espresso Martini with the help of a revolutionary app called Drinki.

Throughout London Coffee Festival (7-10th April), Mr Black, a cold press coffee liqueur that’s hand made using a dark blend of pure Australian grain spirit and three single origin Arabica coffee beans, has tasked four bars located near the Truman Brewery to reinvent the Espresso Martini.

During the course of the festival, 400 free drinks will be redeemable through the Drinki app which is free to download from the App Store and Play Store. Although Drinki offers its users one drink a night, every night, all year round, the special “London Coffee Week Mr Black Drinki offer” is available for a limited time and is on a first come, first served basis, so once they are gone, they are gone.

The Cocktail Trading Company, Loves Company, Upstairs at the Ten Bells and 46 & Mercy Shoreditch are the four bars offering their take on the Espresso Martini.

Here’s what they’ll be serving up:-

Handy Nightcap - The Cocktail Trading Company
Handy Nightcap

The Cocktail Trading Company presents:
15ml Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur
30ml Bourbon
20ml Sweet Vermouth
1 Dash Chartreuse
2 Dash Terry’s Chocolate Orange Bitters

Loves Company presents:
35 ml Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur
15 ml Vanilla Vodka
15 ml Sugar Syrup
30 ml of Fresh Espresso
30ml Milk
1 Cold Drip Coffee Ice Cube

Mr Nero - Upstairs at the Ten Bells
Mr Nero

Upstairs at the Ten Bells presents:

25ml Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur
35ml Calle Blanco(Tequila)
25ml Averna
1 Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cube

46 & Mercy present:

30ml Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur
30ml Dark Rum
30ml Espresso
10ml Sugar Syrup

In addition to offering drinks via the Drinki app, Mr Black will also be hosting a stand at the London Coffee Festival where they will be offering samples of Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur and showing just why the drink is described as cocktail ketchup for dark spirits and stirred cocktails.

Tom Baker, Co-founder of Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur said: “The era of sticky, sweet coffee liqueurs jam packed with vanilla flavouring is over. The difference between Mr Black and other coffee liqueurs?  It’s pretty simple, we like coffee and we want that flavour to come through in our drink.  It seemed like the perfect time, what with the coffee festival, to introduce people to Mr Black and to reinvent the Espresso Martini, if only in four days.  By downloading Drinki, people will be able to see and taste these amazing drinks at no cost, so get to it!”

Mr Black – the bitter, dark drink with an unadulterated coffee kick – is made entirely using a cold extraction process. Speciality Arabica coffee beans from Ethiopia, Brazil and Papua New Guinea are chosen for their distinctive flavours.  The blend is then cold extracted over 12 hours to produce a full-flavoured coffee without the acidity and eye-squinting bitterness of an espresso.

The next stage in the making of Mr Black uses a 250kg basket press stolen from a winery, which is used to extract the rich liquid from inside the coffee infusion.  Time consuming yes, but worth every minute.  The cold press coffee is then blended with pure Australian grain spirit, which allows the rich flavour of the coffee blend to shine through.

Drinki is a London based start-up with an extensive bar network, working with a variety of venues from speakeasy cocktail bars to party places. Drinki App is free to download from App Store and Play Store, and gives the user their first drink on the house every night by letting them pay with their Facebook Check In.

Where to find the bars:

The Cocktail Trading Company – 68 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6GQ

Loves Company – 104 City Rd, London EC1V 2NR

Upstairs at the Ten Bells – 84 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LY

46&Mercy – 46 Commercial St, London E1 6LT

Mr Black

Mr Black

Coffee liqueurs are a staple of many a bar and restaurant, with the likes of Tia Maria and Kahlua some of the mainstays. But as with a lot of spirits these past few years, there’s been a call for some re-imagination.

Mr Black, the cold press coffee liqueur, is such that.

Back in 2012, two Australian’s from Sydney going by the name of Tom Baker (designer) and Philip Moore (one of Australia’s highest awarded distillers) united over their love of coffee. Over 9 months of trials followed to create Mr Black, the first all coffee liqueur, resulting in a gold medal at the London International Wine and Spirits competition.

But to get to such triumphs, what makes the cold press such an important aspect to Mr Black?

Different coffee beans are used, resulting in a variety of roasting profiles and different flavours. Specifically, Brazilian Arabica (a combination of the more traditional French roast and a lighter roast), Ethiopean Djimmah (a light-medium roast that offers fruit, toffee and chocolate flavours) and PNG (offers a zesty, citrus orange marmalade flavour). To gain such flavours from the beans though, Mr Black uses cold-extraction. A process that is done at significantly lower temperatures to espresso (23 degrees), resulting in a less acidic brew yet an abundance of the coffee bean flavours. Creating a coffee that can stand up to blending with spirits though is a different matter, and Mr Black use a significantly higher coffee-to-water ratio as well as a longer steep time than traditional cold brew.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Mr Black – 25%

Freshly brewed espresso notes on the nose, with an underlining citrus zest coming through. Slightly bitter upon the palate, yet balanced out with roasted chocolate, caramel and hints of toffee. A lingering finish.

Does exactly what it says on the bottle, and make a cracking cocktail, a recipe taken from

Mr Black Rye Ball

Something very different indeed, and from the Australians, the country that really knows how to offer artisan coffee houses and liquids. Worthy of a place within your drinks cabinet for sure.

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