Friday, September 24, 2010

Aussie Coffee and Tea

We've found that Australians really like their coffee and tea.  Every hotel we have stayed in here has had a full tea service in the room with an electric kettle, tea cups and saucers, and a variety of tea bags.  The electric kettle is neat because you just fill it with water, plug it in, and the water is hot in just a minute or so rather than putting a tea kettle on the stove top. 

The coffee is different than what we are used to because Australians do not brew their coffee and the drinks are all espresso based instead.  If you want to make coffee at home, your options are instant or to use a french press, also called a plunger here.  We have been using a french press at home but when we are out and Ben wants his typical black coffee he orders a long black which is a double shot of espresso mixed with hot water.  A flat white is a shot of espresso with steamed milk and no froth.  I order cafe lattes which are the same as a flat white but with foam.  There is also a coffee flavored milk drink sold cold in the grocery stores in cardboard milk cartons.

When we are home having coffee or tea we have been enjoying these Koala cookies:

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