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Australian coffee

No secret that I love my morning coffee. And the afternoon coffee.

For the uninitiated, this is a guide to the Australian way of drinking and preparing coffee:

For my US friends, this is probably why lots of Aussies have a bit of a problem drinking standard coffee in the US. I guess we’re not used to filter coffee that sits on a heater. I’m still teased about how much milk I needed to put in Starbucks coffee, for example.

At home, I sometimes use a coffee plunger  but I’m more likely to use a cafetiere like one of these, bubbling away on the hob.

And then there’s my in-a-hurry-baby-get-me-dat-coffee-now coffee maker.
Yup, it’s not the most utterly fabuloso thing ever, but hey, it’s fast, it’s utterly drinkable, even for coffee snobs, and it makes me happy and bearable first thing in the morning.

I rarely drink instant coffee. It has a funny aftertaste.

So what do I order in a cafe? A flat white. Boring name, but I’ll leave the description to Dom Knight from the article above:

A cup of steaming baristartery often topped with a little leaf or love heart which is completely pointless when immediately covered by a plastic takeaway lid. The flat white has begun conquering the UK and US, and I’m fully confident it’ll become the world’s favourite morning coffee – the balance between the flavour of the coffee and comfort factor of the milk is perfect to begin the day. I reckon ordering a flat white says nothing much about you except that you like coffee.

I’ve had my flat white for the morning. I’m good to go. 🙂



Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Give away – support the performing arts!

I have a spare copy of Stage Whispers magazine for a reader of my blog who is in Australia. I’ll pay for the postage. 🙂 is the website. The magazine has items that are not on the website. I love the reviews, particularly seeing what people in other states are putting on, and the articles always capture my attention. I haven’t published anything in this particular edition but nevertheless, it’s still wonderful. 🙂

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


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What do you say?

I haven’t written for a while because I don’t know what to say. The bushfires and raging flames have dried up my well of words, even from a distance of hundreds of kilometres. Maybe I’m still nervy about fires after the ones here. News here. I can’t even read these articles anymore without bursting into tears.

If you would like to help somehow, the Australian Red Cross has a bushfire appeal running.

God bless the wonderful men and women who have worked to fight fires, give medical help, guide and direct people, aircraft and vehicles, feed the hungry, give shelter to those with none, listen to those who need love, and all generous people who help in any way they can.


Posted by on February 10, 2009 in Defies description


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