The Daily Grind
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T’S. Eliot had measured his life out with coffee spoons.
Some claim coffee is the most valuable trading commodity after oil.
A lot of folks have come up with their odes to coffee - Australia is obsessed with it and it comes with its idiosyncrasies:
Ordering coffee in Australia is not the same as in the States.
Sure, there are still standards, e.g. cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and macchiatos, but have added “flat white” to the mix and changed the Americano to a “long black,” or “short black.”
Double and single shots vary from cafe to cafe. Some claim that a flat white is always a double shot and that a latte and cappuccino are single shots.
Coffee sizes are usually limited to regular and large, or mug for a large depending on the cafe.
If you usually get a double tall skinny latte back in the States, then you’ll be ordering a large skinny latte double shot in Australia.
The barista might take it upon themselves to correct your order to a doppio or may say that all their coffees are a double shot.
A science in itself.
Local cafes roasting their own coffee and distributing it are popping up like mushrooms.
Let’s have a look at some quality ones:
Since 2002 DC has been committed to roasting specialty coffee.
Based in Melbourne, where their manufacturing infrastructure is located, they have been servicing the Sydney and Adelaide markets since day one.
DC has an artistic side to it when it comes to their packaging, for which established as well as budding artists’ works are commissioned:
B-side tracks are always the unknown gems in on an artist’s album record. They are those certain songs separate from the main album that live a life of their own; perhaps a remix of a classic, a live performance, an instrumental or even a spoken word.
Whatever it is, the B-side always showcases raw artistic creativity without constraints and reveals something more about the artist. Paying homage to this, dc’s B-Side delivers a unique blend created by our roasters for themselves.
The dc blend we sampled is named “B-side” not only to signify the alternative ‘track’ to 100% Arabica coffee, but also in connection to their social initiative “dc Tunes”, which started in 2012 and is about celebrating music and supporting new talent by giving local independent and unsigned musicians opportunities to perform at live music venues. Part of the profits from B-side go into paying for bands to feature in the dc Tunes gig-list.
DC’s Reale is Brazil Pulp natural yellow Bourbon and Peaberry from Fazenda Sao Bernardo, Brazil Sitio Pinheirinho.
With its herbal and fruity aroma, light-medium body and low acidity, it harbours flavours of sweet caramel, honey and peanut / hazelnut.
Finally you will sense a lingering citrus aftertaste long after your last sip.
The packaging of Reale features artwork of artist Sindy Sinn.
His artwork style comes from a lifelong obsession with cartoons, crap-jokes and storytelling.
His design for Ducale’s ‘Reale’ blend came about fairly naturally. He liked the idea of ‘keeping it reale’ and giving it some underdog fighting-spirit. So he just treated the Reale design like it was a gang. He started by rewatching the 1979 movie, The Warriors, and combining its funky style with my own and my weird infatuation with denim.
DC’s Monsoon is a mellow tasting coffee with a sweet fragrance - perfect for the adventurous coffee connoisseur wanting a lively and complex cup.
Ducale’s Monsoon blend displays musk candy and almond aroma and a rich toffee flavour with a clean, full palate finish. It is heavy bodied but with a very low acidity, making this blend perfect for milk based drinks that brings out a sweet cocoa and malt flavour in the cup.
Featured artist for Monsoon is Thomas Townend, a Sydney based artist working mainly with acrylic inks on paper.
His work is inspired by tattoo flash and all things tattoo related although recently getting inspired from early eastern art.
More into industrial strength coffee with a solid flavour?
Killer Coffee Co is on a mission to redefine what it means to drink strong coffee.
The post blended, small batch Killer Coffee blend is just what you need to keep yourself awake and fully invigorated.
We are talking a 100% Arabica whole bean roasted in Australia with a much higher caffeine content than would typically be found in Borusta coffee beans and with a solid flavor, this specialty coffee will surely help you recharge your energy levels.
Branding itself as “the strongest cup of joe you’ll ever taste in your life,” The Killer Coffee Co. endeavors to take caffeine hits to death-defying new levels yet manages to hold overwhelming levels of bitterness at bay – it is actually quite balanced and smooth, something that might be expected from the strongest cup of coffee going around.
Not into coffee?
How about we make your hot beverage golden?
Turmeric lattes are fast becoming the favoured morning pick-me-up for health aficionados and whilst it might not replace chocolate, it is an adequate replacement for that post-lunch sugar craving.
Turmeric Midas Cup comes with anti-inflammatory and immune boosting goodness, i.e. it is good for your gut bacteria and your hayfever - all that needs to be done is adding a teaspoon of gold to some hot milk and sip sip sip.
Midas Cup was born when nutritionist / food scientist Samantha Holdsworth, who was already obsessed with the benefits of turmeric, introduced her OCD stylist / ex-marketer friend, Elaine Marshall, to what is commonly known as “golden latte”.
After complaining about spending many hours and dollars searching Melbourne for the perfect golden latte, Holdsworth suggested that Marshall make her own.
After realising the merits of their own blend, they decided to share their Midas Cup magic with the world.
Midas Cup is free from preservatives and pesticides, contains no traces of nuts, dairy or soy as well as being sugar and caffeine free.
All ingredients are 100% Australian Certified Organic from an organic supplier in NSW - raw, vegan and yummy with no downsides.
Like the pause that tea allows?
Well, fret not – the people behind New Philosopher and Womankind have launched their very own ‘literary’ organic tea called ‘poet,’ which can be found at their bookshop and tea atelier ‘poet store’ in Bangalow, where the book selection is curated by the editors of Womankind magazine and New Philosopher magazine.
They have a carefully selected range of ten certified organic fair trade teas – from the hills of Sri Lanka ranging from Ode Oolong to Poet’s White with Orange.
Poet’s award-winning organic Earl Grey and English Breakfast teas are smooth, strong and fresh, the Green Tea crisp and light or alternatively mixed with rose petals, the Chai comes as a fine blend with spicy undertones and Poet’s Chamomile is one smooth and soothing companion that can be counted on.
Other variants come with whimsical names: The light and fruity Accent Orange, Quatrain Black tea with a hint of cinnamon, the Octave Black with a smooth vanilla taste,
All of Poet’s teas from in beautifully designed tins from the team behind New Philosopher magazine.
Photos from websites of companies discussed above.
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