Make it Coffee – International Coffee DayBack to blog
If you’re like me, coffee signifies the start of the day, if you haven’t had one, your day hasn’t started
Begin with Coffee
The auspicious date of 1 October was agreed to by the International Coffee Organisation to celebrate and promote coffee. It’s aim, to celebrate one of the most popular beverages in the world and to raise awareness of sustainable practices. Given we’ve been partaking for some 600 years and it’s the second most traded commodity after oil, then I think we’ve got the message that coffee is numero uno!
But hey, if they’re pushing coffee I’m on board – I mean it’s not a drug, is it. Mmm?
Our Australian coffee market is one of the largest in the world according to ‘Statista’, a global data manager. But you probably already knew that just by looking around at the number of ‘cafes’ on any shopping strip and the gems hidden in our suburbs.
Although we have sooo very many cafes, not complaining, the sad fact is that we like our coffee ‘on the go’. Unlike those smart Italians who get a table, then leisurely sit to honour their *‘java’ with the attention it deserves – we’ve got a bit to learn.
If you’ve got a ‘keep cup’ then ‘on the go’ isn’t so bad, perhaps get one, look for ethical coffee and you’ll be at one with the world.
Sad fact number two, we pay more for coffee in WA than the rest of Australia, excluding the Northern Territory. So what’s new? Coffee, GST?
End with Coffee
In rebellion against paying so much for coffee during the day, I’m making my own espresso and pouring it into cocktails of an evening. It’s super easy and you’ll feel like a champion mixologist turning out these luscious creations. Or you could buy your cocktails premixed with coffee, but hey I’m a creative type, bet you are too.
Want an after-dinner coffee? Just add your favourite liqueur to a standard coffee, try Kahlua, Baileys or brandy and top with fresh cream, or not?
If you’re after something more exotic here’s a twisted classic and a really, simple cocktail that you’ll be happy to shake on.
Iced Irish Coffee
- Grab your favourite Irish Whisky, add your cold brew coffee, mix in some sugar to taste and top with ice plus a dollop of fresh cream.
- 1/2 nip each of Kahlua and Vodka
- Dollop of fresh cream, you’ll have to whip it or get the ready whipped tub version, but it’s only enough for two, so maybe just whip up a batch
Mix, shake, add Cola and drink.
Couldn’t be easier. Okay, the whipping was a tad tiresome but you used all those calories in readiness for the next drink, right?