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Most Popular Cafes of 2012

The guys over at Beanhunter have put together their “25 Most Popular Cafes in Australia” list, which features some very well known and respected coffee institutions.  I was disappointed to see that no Adelaidian Coffee Spot made the top ten (see below) when my experiences so far in Melbourne indicate that Adelaide Coffee (Barun, Bar 9, Mother’s Milk, Paddy’s Lantern, Pure Expresso, Red Berry etc)  is better and more consistent…How many of the top 25 have you visited?

The Top 10

  1. Dandelion & Driftwood (Brisbane)
  2. Proud Mary (Melbourne)
  3. Coffee Alchemy (Sydney)
  4. Canteen Coffee (Gold Coast)
  5. No Name Lane (Gold Coast)
  6. Cartel (Breakwater) (Geelong)
  7. The Good Bean Espresso Bar (Sunshine Coast)
  8. The Baron Coffee Shop and Small Bar (Sydney)
  9. Axil Coffee Roasters (Melbourne)
  10. The Birds & The Beans Espresso Bar (Sunshine Coast)

Click HERE for the full article

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…the blog is mightier than the…

…the blog is mightier than the…

This amuses me – although that could just be reflective of a warped mind, or my exhaustion after a long week – but as of yesterday, my review of Blu C Cafe at Christies Beach had received a total of 14 hits since it was posted in November 2011.  Then, because the mysterious ‘garnis’ decided to take offence at my review while questioning my sexuality, my life, the things I find interesting, the level of detail that is contained in this, what is after all a COFFEE REVIEW BLOG – the same review is nearing 100 hits today…

Contrast the reaction to this honest review, with the gracious way the owners of Pure Espresso responded.

At the end of the day, my experience is – just that – MY EXPERIENCE – it may not be your experience, or someone else’s experience of that same place – they may produce the best coffee 99% of the time, and I may have purchased the 1% – but as Bobby over at Adelaide Coffee says “You’re only as good as your last coffee” and this blog is about my experiences out and about enjoying one of my passions.

Public Holiday Coffee

Public Holiday Coffee

This coming Monday is the Adelaide Cup Public Holiday – and I am hoping to use this time to come up to the ‘big smoke’ (aka Adelaide) and do some coffee sampling.  However, it dawned on me that perhaps Adelaide’s wonderful coffee people would also be using the Adelaide Cup Public Holiday as a chance to give their group handles a rest.  Can anyone out there in coffee land tell me who is open and who is closed on the Public Holiday Monday?

I would walk ten thousand….

I would walk ten thousand….

10,000 hits since the MakeCoffeeNotWar.com relaunch.  Thanks to my dedicated reader and your ability to hit refresh 😉

Seriously – thanks to all those who read regularly and to those who just stumble on through – this is my hobby, and my passion – and it is nice to know that I am not alone in loving great coffee!

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,900 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Coffee Withdrawal

Forgive me readers for I have sinned.

It has been over two weeks since my last purchased coffee and review.

I need to get out and about – where should I go?

Who is making the best South Australian coffee at the moment?

Who has recently opened?

Win an Otto Espresso Machine just for ‘liking’ Genovese Coffee

Win an Otto Espresso Machine just for ‘liking’ Genovese Coffee

“Melbourne’s favourite Coffee” company, Genovese Coffee is giving away an Otto Espresso Machine once it has reached 2000 likes on its company Facebook Page.  Once this mystical figure has been reached, they will randomly choose (not sure how – they don’t say) a fan, and award them the Machine!  How easy is that?

This generosity from Genovese is to celebrate the launch of their new logo, as pictured on van number one.  So if you love coffee (and if you didn’t you would be reading this stuff), and you love Genevese (who doesn’t) and you are semi-addicted to Facebook (that pretty much covers everybody – well accept you – but then you know who you are and why…) then get on over to the Genovese Facebook Page and simply click ‘Like.’

It goes without saying, which is why I will write it instead that if you happen to win the Otto Espresso machine and I don’t – and if you happened to learn about this excellent competition from me – then I expect you to invite me round for a ristretto and a latte.    Just click on the “Find us on Facebook” logo and click ‘Like’. 

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