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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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Sake Lessons from Japan: Choosing between Cold or Warm

SakeFor anybody trying sake for the first time, one of its most intriguing aspects is that it can be served warm or chilled, although it has traditionally been served warm.

Recently, premium sakes are being served and enjoyed cold, but that doesn’t mean that warm has become obsolete.

How can you best enjoy sake?

Modern sake brewing technology are said to have flavor profiles that can be destroyed or marred by heat. This is why serving it chilled nowadays has become popular. That doesn’t mean, though, that all must be served chilled. Each rice wine is unique with a specific range of temperature by which it must be served. [Read more…]

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