Mr Black Roasters & Distillers have joined forces with ST. ALi to launch the Mr Black ITALO DISCO Coffee Liqueur. The collaboration is a tribute to the influence of Italian espresso on Australian coffee culture.
Taking inspiration from traditional Italian espresso, and the ST. ALi coffee that bears the ITALO DISCO name, this special edition is a top-notch tipple for the country’s coffee connoisseurs.
If it wasn’t for Italian migrants bringing espresso to Australian shores some 80 years ago, there is little chance Aussie coffee culture would be as revered as it is today. Aussies have maintained a thirst for robust coffee and after seeing ST. ALi’s ITALO DISCO blend surge in popularity, founder Salvatore Malatesta was keen to collaborate on a namesake liqueur. “This has become our most popular coffee to enjoy at home, with ST. ALi fans loving the deeply layered flavour. That has translated beautifully to this sweet dark liqueur, which I can see myself enjoying at sundown to a soundtrack of syrupy synths. Bellissimo.”
The history wasn’t lost on Mr Black Founder, Tom Baker, who took inspiration from the modern interpretation by ST. ALi. “Our last releases have been nuanced, intricate stuff for coffee nerds. This is not that. This is a celebration of the original pioneers of coffee in Australia: a big, brash, bitter-sweet Italian dark roast. This is a coffee liqueur for proper coffee drinkers. Intense with a long finish, with big notes of caramel, dark spice, cacao and anise.”
The ST. ALi-supplied blend made the job easy for Mr Black’s Head of Coffee, Dr Detlef Mohr: “We’ve pushed the typical roast profile to the darker side, which gives this product robust dark chocolate notes and a bitter-sweet finish”.
Mr Black & ST. ALi ITALO DISCO Coffee Liqueur – $70 for a 700ml bottle
• Signature serves by Martin Hudak – Mr Black Global Coffee Ambassador •
~ Caffe Romano Shakerato ~
40ml Mr Black × ST. ALi ITALO DISCO Liqueur
30ml Limoncello (ideally from your Nonna)
30ml Espresso or ST. ALi Cold Brew
Method: Shake hard with ice, strain into a coupe and garnish with a lemon peel
~ ST. ALi Spritz ~
50ml Mr Black × ST. ALi ITALO DISCO Liqueur
Top with Lurisia Chinotto
Method: Build in a highball glass with ice and garnish with a lemon wheel
~ Disco Affogato ~
Generous scoop of vanilla gelato
60ml Mr Black × ST. ALi ITALO DISCO Liqueur
Crumble candied nuts or biscotti as garnish
Method: Serve in your favourite cocktail glass with a spoon