Aussies are some of the biggest coffee lovers in the world. With their intense fondness and affection for these black and russet pick-me-ups, they got to build a unique culture that even coffee lovers outside the country will desire to be part of.
Proofs of their intense passion for coffee include the emergence of independent brands like 7 Grams Coffee and the presence of different non-dairy coffee whiteners from other leading brands. If you’re looking to learn more about the Oz’s coffee culture, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some things that might interest you.
Where’s the Starbucks?
Coffee has been popular among Aussies even before Starbucks decided to set up their stores in the country. Although Starbucks offers coffees, they apparently had lost traction with the Aussie customers who favour independently owned shops. In 2008, the coffee giant closed 61 of their stores in the country. This only shows that the Oz coffee is so good that Starbucks find it hard to come up with better offerings.
High Regard for Baristas
As coffee is more than popular and well-loved in Australia, it’s easy to see why baristas are highly regarded and respected. The role is so important that the government’s training division came up with certain qualifications before someone can become a barista; this is, of course, to protect the profession and uphold quality.
The Rival of Cappuccino
The famous flat white drink is Australia’s response to the popular cappuccino. The flat white coffee drink is standardised in the 1980s and is well received around the world. Flat whites are prepared through the layering of milk and espresso; two shots of espresso serve as the base layer while steamed milk fills the remaining layer. Its velvety yet stable consistency is favoured by many coffee connoisseurs.
These are only some of the basics of Australia’s coffee culture. It also pays to know that some places in the country hold festivals and events dedicated to coffee. It’s also not impossible to stumble upon coffee societies organised by baristas, hobbyists and professionals, which only shows that Aussies take coffee seriously.