Toxic coffee. Count me in to kick start my morning. Great retro image again
At almost $3000.00 NZ for an espresso machine their customers must be very serious about coffee. I got the impression when I was in Auckland that Kiwis are more into coffee than Seatlleites or Vancouverites which would be surreal if it were actually true.
I KNOW, Wayne, and I almost bought him one when it was still almost NZ$2000! Instead we bought a stove-top Italian job for much less from an Italian friend. More to my taste. Or speed, rather. I don't know about more-than-Seattle-or-Vancouver, but we sure like coffee, and that's all over NZ, I think. And now they start at NZ$4 - so only one at most a day. Which is probably better for our stomachs anyway.
Oh, "him" being Ben the Coffee Nut, of course.
Ah - a passion subject - NZ v Oz v US Coffee! Pomeroy's (fantastic coffee/tea shop) was the only coffee I could drink and enjoy in NZ- that covers pretty much the whole country (they are getting better). Until living in Sydney I never knew real coffee, and travelling regularly to the US I knew what coffee was NOT! When you have to resort to Starbucks in desperation for a caffiene fix it is tragic. They are closing stores all over Sydney - making a point? Nelson has it, even if it is Toxic. Lesley Expat Kiwi (Good one Ben!)
PS (Said I was passionate about coffee.) Wayne, Italy has coffee, Oz has Italians, NZ'ers travel, that is the recipe to developing tastebuds. When Americans discover the world beyond their State line, then they will make coffee (without having to turn it into a dessert) and actually sit down and relax to enjoy it. A good coffee machine was never seen in America -coast to coast by the way, let alone a Barista. Push a button is not an option for this beverage. Cute hole in the wall Ben - not my style though. Lesley Expat Kiwi
Some people in Japan prefer American coffees because they drink so much of it. And then people like me, who can't take too much caffeine, like the weaker coffees. When I used to work at an embassy of an Arab country, I got quite lost in the murkiness of Turkish coffee - it was supposed to be such a treat when the ambassador gathered everybody and treated us to it. I used to wait until everything sank to the bottom, and then He would notice it and kindly stir it up again for me. When in town I stick to real coffee, but for the very first time in my life I tasted decaf that didn't dilute the experience of coffee drinking - the beans were from a Chch company, you can have a cup at the Red. Vancouver is in Canada, though. And shall we not diss a particular country or ethnicity here, please. I know you're talking about coffee here, Lesley, but I hate to have to discard your comments.
And Kona coffee I like.
oooops...apologies, Kiwi banter under control. Coffees around the world sure vary. Saw Kona coffee for the first time being grown in the 70's on the Island of Hawaii. NZ being an original tea drinking country (coffee grounds not introduced till ??? after the 60's ???) coffee lounges (now cafes) have always been of interest - more photos please, love the black and white shots. Lesley Expat Kiwis
Before Starbucks came on the scene we had Italian coffee shops on Commercial Drive in Vancouver for decades. When I was young I imagine they were the exclusive haunts of the Italian community. They are still going strong. I'm certain this is true of every city in the world with an Italian neighbourhood. When I grew up the Canadian and American idea of a good cup of coffee was Maxwell House. We just didn't know any better. Here is a fact that may be known by all but when I first found out it seemed counter-intuitive. Dark roast coffees have less caffeine than the light roasts. Which means Espresso has the least caffeine. Every coffee shop in town has a La Cimbali or La Marzocco or similar that look like they're worth $10,000.00. Good operators are the key to good coffee no doubt.
Aha, same as soy sauce - the lighter colored stuff is not necessarily lighter on the salt, so one must get the "reduced salt" stuff!
I've recently got hooked on Mojo coffee from Wellington - I import a supply of beans on my monthly visits to the capital. Wonderful stuff - sorry Pomeroys!Would love to see of photo of the cafe @ Red - is it The Morning Room? One of my favourite places to coffee in Nelson - I refuse, point blank, to Starbucks - ever!dws~11
Yes, it is. Say "Hi" to Rosemarie, the new woman-in-charge.
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