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A Lesson on Australia’s Coffee Culture

Australia's CoffeeA testament to Australia’s coffee: When Starbucks fails to take root any place in the world where it is introduced, that’s big news, after all Starbucks reigns as “king” in the industry.

The strategy of opening high-concentration “clusters” in small districts effectively puts financial strain on smaller and less-competitive coffee shops.

In Australia, that strategy failed.

In fact, out of the 84 outlets opened in Australia in 2000, only 23 remained after 2008. Sixty-one closed.

Prepare for Australia’s Australia’s Coffee Culture said, The coffee in the little cafes around Australia is too good, and Starbucks could not compete! Starbucks’ coffee was quite different to what Australians were used to, and they charged more for it. There are some coffee chains surviving in Australia, but their offerings are more in line with traditional styles of coffee.”

The Proof of Australia’s Caffeination

Australia’s coffee culture is so unique it borders on obsession. Their love for coffee can be traced from the large Italian immigrant population. One of the wonderful things the Italians brought with them is their love of coffee. [Read more…]

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Following the Trail: The Search for the Best Coffee

CoffeeFor coffee connoisseurs, a cup of Joe is more than stopping by a café for a stimulating morning; it is an experience. Just like foodies, they treat coffee drinking seriously and would go to the ends of the earth for the experience.

If you are one of these, you would look at your destinations with a keen eye… what and where can you go for the glorious cup?

Are you a serious coffee connoisseur?

Then you would appreciate World Travel Guide’s The 9 best coffee pilgrimages in the world. This blog will take you to nine destinations where drinking coffee is considered both an art and a religion. The blog rounded up the best destinations for travelers like you and offers suggestions what to drink and where to get the best cup of Joe. [Read more…]

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Coffee as an Ingredient

coffee dessertCoffee is the world’s favorite beverage, but do you know you can eat it too? More than a thousand years ago, Africans would have been amazed to know that the coffee beans they discard can be brewed and made into a stimulating beverage. After all, they only knew that the pulp of the ripe “cherries” can be mashed and dried to be made into a bar that’s fit for traveling.

Beyond a Perk-me-up Beverage

Who doesn’t dream of the tiramisu with its “cloud of featherlight zabaglione mixed with mascarpone and whipped cream, a bit of cocoa settling on the tines, and then through Italian ladyfingers softened by their dip in liqueur-spiked espresso.” [Read more…]

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Why Civet Coffee is the Best Coffee Ever

Civet CoffeeAt more than ten dollars an ounce, civet coffee or kopi luwak is probably the most expensive coffee in the world. Some coffee connoisseurs will say that it is also the world’s most delicious coffee, and there is good reason why this just might be the whole truth.

Coffee with a History

“The history of civet coffee (kopi luwak) cannot be separated from the history of its origin country… Indonesia was a Dutch colony since 16th century. During the colony period, the Dutch disallowed the native coffee farmers to collect coffee fruits for their own consumptions. However, those farmers also had a high desire for coffee beverage.

Soon, they realized that certain species of civet (luwak) ate those coffee cherries, yet they left the coffee cherries undigested in their droppings… They then collected the cherries, cleaned, roasted and ground it to make coffee beverage. Surprisingly, it produced a remarkable coffee aroma. From then, the fame of aromatic civet coffee (kopi luwak) spread from the natives to Dutch coffee plantation owners and soon became everyone’s favorite till nowadays.”

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Away from Coffee: Perk-me-up Morning Drink Alternatives

coffeeIs coffee good or bad for your health? This has been the subject of too many debates and over 18,000 studies. Today there is a consensus that caffeine can promote numerous health benefits. For instance, it is said to be effective in weight loss having the property to aid fat burning. There are also studies that reported about its neuroprotective function to lower the risks for Alzheimer’s, Parkinsonism and dementia. Similarly, there are studies showing that caffeine can be bad particularly for people with diabetes or hypertension.It can’t be denied that coffee is a psychoactive substance that makes it the world’s most favorite beverage. Once caffeine is gets into the brain, it blocks Adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter. This increases other neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine that enhances firing of neurons. Consequently, general cognitive function including memory, energy levels, mood and speed of reaction are all improved.

Now you know why you are jolted to wakefulness and to heightened alertness when you gulp that booster of a beverage in the morning, and whenever you feel sleepy and sluggish. But when caffeine is not good for your health or when you want to avoid excess calories and hidden sugar, what are your alternatives? Learn about your morning options in this article “17 Delicious Alternatives to Your Morning Coffeeposted in Skinny Miss. [Read more…]

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