Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Things we take for granted - Good Coffee!

While the Frenchman has been waxing lyrical about exotic foods in Namibia (and no he did not contract any afflications involving liquefaction of the contents of the digestive tract, thanks to the massive cocktail of vaccinations taken before the trip, including a vein bruising 5 injections), the one thing that was sorely missed is good coffee.

Living in Perth, it is very easy to take for granted the seriously good quality coffee that is so readily available all around the place - whether it's Tartine, Mini, Rosso, Atomic, or any one of the many other fine practitioners of the barista's art.

Sadly, in other parts of the world, this is what you get.  And the scariest thing is that the suspicious looking powdery substance in the tin had almost been completely used up!

The best you could hope for is that the restaurant or cafe has a fully automatic espresso machine (like the one you have in your home), and the beans aren't too old.

While in Namibia, I strongly recommend drinking Rooibos tea instead.  It's aromatic, flavoursome, healthy, and is a damn sight better than torturing yourself with substandard coffee.

I was certainly grateful to be reunited with my beloved Miss Silvia, and even with beans that had been roasted more than a month ago, the 2010 La Bendicion Cup of Excellence #13 tasted absolutely divine.

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