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Best Coffee Cities in the World

Sunday, March 9th, 2014
A recent article at listed the top 8 cities for coffee. ( In reading through the list, I’ve been to most of the cities mentioned and I concur  these cities do have the best coffee.  Here’s my view on 6 of the 8 cities I’ve visited.
  • London – While I do believe you have to venture around the city for your perfect cup of coffee, their cappuccinos and flat whites are really good just about anywhere!   The service in some of the coffee shops leaves room for improvement, but the quality is great.
  • Melbourne – Not quite as big as Sydney, but definitely amazing coffee.  Coffee roasters in Melbourne take their craft seriously and roast coffee that is just sublime.   Next time you are in Melbourne, ask for a tour of the roasting plant.  You won’t forget it and you’ll see their dedication to their craft.
  • Roma – In Rome, coffee is everywhere and you drink it standing up, sitting down, with food, without food, any which way you like.  Espresso is the primary form, but you can definitely find a fabulous cappuccino or mocha.  Paired with Italian Gelato, what could be better?
  • Singapore – While Asia is best known for its tea houses, the coffee scene has really exploded, as a lot of coffee shows are held in Singapore.  The scene is fun, young and hip and is a great place to try new pairings of coffee and food.
  • Seattle – Is there anything to say about Seattle coffee that hasn’t been said?  The SCAA show is coming to Seattle next month and everything coffee will be on display!
  • Vienna – one of my most favorite places in the world.  The Vienna coffee scene is truly amazing as are their pastries and tortes.  Any type of coffee is yours for the asking and the taste complements everything you are eating.
The only two cities I have not been to are: Reykjavik, Iceland and Wellington, New Zealand. I’ll keep you posted when I’ve been.

Vietnam – An Oasis of Beverages

Monday, December 9th, 2013
On a recent trip to Vietnam, I had a grand time exploring the vibrant coffee market.  Coffee could be made hot, cold, sweet, un-sweet, from liquid bases and powder bases.  You name it, they made it.  With two coffee shops per block, there is no shortage of a place to sit and have a refreshing iced coffee.  My personal favorite was an iced coffee made from a coffee concentrate, added to sweetened condensed milk and served over ice.  It is terribly sweet, but once the ice melts and dilutes the drink, it’s heaven. In my quest to find a coffee alternative, most restaurants offer the best fresh fruit drinks you’ve ever tasted.  My favorite was a Passionfruit Soda.  The server recommended it as the drink she likes because of the few calories it has.  Naturally, I had to try it.  It was made with real Passionfruit, evidenced by the seeds in the glass, and mixed with 7-up.  It was delightfully refreshing. If you ever have the chance to visit Vietnam, enjoy their coffee scene but explore their other drinks as the fruits there are really sweet and juicy.  I can’t wait to go back and try more!

The Handle of Invitation

Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Did you know? Eighty-seven years ago, In 1923, Coca Cola introduced a six-pack cardboard carton that was described as “a home package with a handle of invitation.”

Did you know…

Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Did you know, German chocolate cake does not come from Germany. In 1852, Sam German developed a sweet baking chocolate bar for Baker’s Chocolate Company. The chocolate bar was named in honor of him: “Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate.” The first known published recipe for German’s chocolate cake was in a Dallas newspaper in 1957 from a Texas homemaker. The resulting rise in German’s Sweet chocolate sales put the company on alert; the company quickly sent copies & photos of the recipe across the nation. After over forty years, the German’s Chocolate Cake continues to be a favorite dessert everywhere.

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Friday, November 6th, 2009
English coffee houses in the 17th and 18th century were viewed with suspicion by the crown as centers of unregularted discussion. Known as “Penny Universities” they were the nurseries of political and intellectual ferment. The scientific Royal Society, the commercial Lloyds of London and the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce are among the institutions spawned in coffee houses.