Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Craving for caffeine, good caffeine

I don't know about my readers but a sign of good coffee is when you are able to take a sip within seconds of being served and being able to taste the aroma without scalding your tongue. Further research shows that milk should normally be steamed to a temperature between 60 to 80 degrees.

As far as i know, many out there somehow prefers their drink hot including my parents which would mean coffee in Malaysia have been catered to such i.e. making coffee so hot that i either can't touch the drink for a good 5-10 minutes or scald my tongue. On top of that, i have to pay usually RM10 and above in a shopping mall franchise or RM8 thereabouts for a smaller cup in some italian restaurants.

Drinking coffee in Melbourne on the other hand is heaven. Apart from the crap coffee i had at the airport, almost every other cup was marvellous. Being able to smell the coffee beans and immediately tasting it, is not what you can usually find on the streets of KL.

Pricewise, if one is not to convert, a cup only cost between AUD3 to AUD4!

On the last day in Melbourne, i couldn't help but resist to grab my second coffee of the morning at Federal Coffee Palace, on the main shopping street (Bourke Street).

I have been craving for Chai Latte ever since.

Any recommendations where i can get some good chai latte?

9 comments:

minchow said...

My biggest bone to pick with F&B in Malaysia is the fact that more than a decade after the US mass coffee franchises hit our shores, we have still yet to see a decent crop of our own baristas providing us options. How long does it take for that particular transfer of knowledge anyway?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

minchow: forever.....and ever...and ever....

J said...

Someday soon, I hope! :)
Sadly, the coffee culture here is still not as developed as Australia/ Europe.
(Don't know about USA. Never been there yet)

J2Kfm said...

Hmm, I like my coffee warm as well. Instead of scalding hot.
I usually add some warm water instead of all hot water, when I'm making my own cuppa.
I know some are already squirming at the thought of drinking lukewarm coffee. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2kfm: yeah well i can only imagine alot of red tongues haha

j: well its kinda sad..

CUMI & CIKI said...

i like the way you qualify coffee. same here, i really hate weak coffee;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: haha no weakkk coffeeee..

qwazymonkey said...

This is the post I've been waiting for. Everyone gets depressed from the withdrawal of good cuppa coffee after visiting Melb! Never fails!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qm: yes withdrawal symptoms, shaking very badddlllyy...hahaha. i think i need to go to changkat bb for a decent coffee.