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Sydney coffee – a few favourite things

It’s okay to have favourites, isn’t it? Favourite food, favourite show, favourite child… I wouldn’t dare rule on the best cafes in Sydney – that’s very much a matter of personal taste. It’s a bit like commenting on the best band. And while I’m a Nine Inch Nails fan, there’s always a Mumford & Sons […]

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Berlin: a tale of cheesecake, more coffee, less lycra

Berlin has so much going for it. Over the last 20+ years, it’s transformed itself from a grim, antisocial, graffiti-covered orphan to an artistic, happy and cosmopolitan metropolis. This post will serve as a guide for my friend ShirleyTemple, visiting soon, but it’s also an update of my favourite Berlin places. But first, a rant […]

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Berlin baristas on fire

Can we blame the Europeans for Starbucks being so bad? Maybe I’m being a little unfair, but please bear with me. The Italians and Scandinavians have got coffee right, but much of Europe seems trapped in a love of filter coffee and burnt, watery espresso that tasted like someone emptied their ash-tray into your cup. […]

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Mon dieu! Good coffee in Paris

For a culture producing the finest food and wine in the world, the miserable standard of French coffee can come as a surprise. To make coffee this bad cannot be accidental – it’s a case of murdering coffee beans, not manslaughter. But another French revolution has been brewing (sorry) over the last few years. As […]

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