Coffee around the Globe
Posted 24 December 2001 - 11:57 AM
Posted 25 December 2001 - 01:22 PM
Quote: from Ellen Shapiro on 1:57 pm on Dec. 24, 2001
Itís inevitableóone of the first things I do when I land in a new country is sample the local coffee. Sometimes it isnít all that different -- in Wellington, New Zealand, there were Starbucks a plenty -- but in others like Singapore, the local brew is a thick brew of beans and condensed milk. Iíd almost be willing to fly the 25 hours to Singapore just to have a couple of cups. Anyone ever had any life altering coffee experiences while traveling? Oh -- and what is it about coffee on airplanes? Must it always be so vile?
SIN is conflux of many kinds of folks, you'll experience coffees as you traverse from one neighborhood to another -- South Indians want their brew strong and syrupy with milk (not condensed). Arabica @ Raffles along with the home of Singapore Sling :-)
Yes, airline brew is like their food,terrible.
Posted 25 December 2001 - 09:53 PM
I had gone to Italy prior to that and had real italian espresso, but its the arabic coffee in Israel that I found most memorable. The only place in the US that I have found so far that has one anywhere close to it is Bennies in Englewood, NJ. Which also has some really killer arabic-style spiced tea and homemade lebanese pastries/baklava too.
Posted 11 January 2002 - 01:53 PM
I also enjoy strong Cuban coffee and especially the ritual of sharing a cup while standing with friends by pouring it into thimble sized containers.
As an aside, does anyone know where to get good cafe con leche or Cuban coffee in NYC?
Another experience I was not as fond of: Turkish coffee. I had this served with loose grounds floating in the coffee (basically hot water poured over grounds). Kind of like a French Press, but without the press. Even after I waited for it to settle, I didn't really enjoy.
Posted 03 June 2002 - 01:57 PM
Went to Italy in 1984 and had the wonderful strong breakfast coffee with milk (REAL latte) and then cappucino since it was so inexpensive, then on the espresso. Got home and bought an espresso maker for the stove. Changed my life; I'll go without before I drink instant or mass-market again unless it's to be polite.
Posted 11 June 2002 - 10:39 AM