Marty Richards recounts the process of making the perfect coffee with the same complexity and passion as any winemaker preparing their next vintage.
Marty Richards is the owner of the boutique coffee roaster and café Blackstar Coffee Roasters in Brisbane, Australia. Originally started as a coffee roasting business, Richard’s expanded it into a retail café in 2008 to meet the insatiable demand for fresh boutique coffee.
Although he had limited cash flow in the start-up phase, he knew having the very best equipment was just as important as the roasted beans. He looked at several financing options to fund the Blackstar dream, including Silver Chef’s rental product. “We had the product but needed the capacity to get it to the retail market. Establishing a café and serving your own branded coffee is an expensive exercise. After all, you are only as good as your last coffee. “To produce top quality coffee you must invest in top quality equipment and the best coffee equipment comes at a price.“By getting a high quality machine and the perfect grinder for my roast, I was able to save a kilo of coffee a week simply by reducing waste. This money I saved went into renting the equipment through Silver Chef. For only a few dollars a day, it meant I had the perfect equipment for my roast, at next to no cost!”
This money I saved went into renting the equipment through Silver Chef. For only a few dollars a day, it meant I had the perfect equipment for my roast, at next to no cost!”
The coffee machine I rented through Silver Chef costs $12,500. At $3,300 each, the grinders we prefer are also not the cheapest on the market. While these are a big initial investment, they produce a high quality grind and reduce coffee waste—it’s not unreasonable to save about a kilo of coffee a week, and the money we save from that can go towards renting the equipment.” While there has been a recent surge in new coffee roasting businesses in Brisbane, Richards says he welcomes the competition and believes Blackstar, and boutique roasting in general, has a great future.
“Coffee roasting is a competitive market, but having survived the start-up phase, I’m confident Blackstar will keep growing.”