Monday, November 14, 2011
Can I just get a coffee please?
Thought Id throw out some commentary on the coffee situation out here. In the area where Im currently living there are no Starbucks or Coffee Bean or even a Seattle's Best. Just a bunch of cafes and restaurants, most of which serve coffee. I dont know if we drink terrible coffee in the States are Aussie's drink complicated coffee here. All I wanted when I first had breakfast here was a drip with room so I could add cream/milk and sugar or splenda. Unfortunately there is no such things as a drip with room; and I for sure havnt seen splenda, sweet n low or equal. Through some interrogation of the local baristas Ive found out that if you want just a straight coffee you order a "flat black". Its exactly as the name implies. Its a small cup of coffee, a few ounces, maybe 4-6, and its black. Not translucent black like some coffee back home but black like black paint in can from Home Depot. Its quite bitter but not to the point where its undrinkable. Ive actually come to like it. Other options are "Flat White" which is a flat black mixed with milk. You also have your bevy of latte's and machiados. I would say it definitely has a more European feel and flair. Dont take for granted next time you go through the drive thru at Starbucks or brew a hot cup of Dunkin Donuts because in some parts of the world you cant do that.