Even though Brits are known as a nation of tea drinkers, you certainly love your coffee too! Yet more often than not it's always 'to-go' with few choosing to sit down in a café to enjoy. This culture sees more than seven million cups of coffee purchased a day - and as well as a caffeine hit, this packs an environmental punch too.
Kopi, the local coffee of Singapore and Malaysia, is probably the best-kept secret outside its home region. But it deserves a much wider fan base. Those of you who, like us, have had the pleasure of travelling in Southeast Asia may also have had the unique experience of visiting a kopitiam, the place where kopi is served.
It's estimated that 2.5billion coffee cups end up in landfill every year. It's sadly undeniable that we have a cultural problem with litter blighting our beautiful countryside: a leaf-denuded autumnal hedge pockmarked with flapping supermarket plastic bags is viscerally awful, and what a miserable scene a litter-strewn high street is at any time of the year.
Tea gets a bad rep these days as everyone is so bothered about that strong smelling coffee stuff and tea is suffering. If one more coffee drinker tells me about magic beans, you'd think I lived in a panto. We've forgotten how good tea is and how much we love it, let's bring tea back into fashion London.
In 2016 Can There Be No More Prets, Starbucks, Neros and Costas, and More Local, Independent Coffee Shops?
What positive change could be generated in the UK if there were more local coffee shops? A common disappointment in the UK is a loss of a sense of community and networks among citizens. Could the humble local coffee shop help to reverse this trend?
This rant could literally be an essay but alas let's just stick with this for now but welcome to an average day of your local Barista who most definitely hates you.
A Korean designer with a deep-seated love of coffee and kisses has found a rather bizarre way to merge the two, by producing
"I'd like to get a large, half-caff, almond milk latté, four pumps vanilla one pump cinnamon, with an extra half shot, sweetened
Over the past few weeks, I have looked in to a whole variety of ways of keeping myself sane while I write. It's not as though I want to chat all day, but having the odd conversation with an adult every so often would be nice, even if I don't get to share their pizza.
Caffeine addiction is something from which more people 'suffer' than would probably care to admit, because really we don't see it as an addiction. Nicotine dependence gives you cancer and emphysema; alcoholism gives you liver disease and driving bans; meth could result in a face different to the one you were born with.