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    Hi all,

    After having travelled to USA, Malaysia, Thailand in the last couple of years and having just come back from China, Ive discovered that other countries dont seem to have any sort of real good coffee (or indeed fresh milk) like we do in Australia.

    So it got me thinking - fellow CSers, when in no luck to find a good coffee in a foreign country, what do you resort to?

    And also, how does a "coffee culture" usually start?

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    Re: Coffee fix in other countries..

    Having travelled a lot I can agree with you and I fall back to one of the larger chains and often resort to drinking mochacinnos so even if they do make a bad coffee, I wont be too disappointed   ;D

    In China for example, nearly all places make your Latte with milk powder as fresh milk is not available or cost effective enough. 

    We recently spent some time training and assisting 2 Chinese Baristas to perfect a milk powder formula that would be able to be properly textured while still tasting something like milk so they could take it back to China and serve some decent coffee.  The reason... the customer is asking for it and so adds to the Coffee Culture in China 

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      Re: Coffee fix in other countries..

      Originally posted by 66474C464D5A4A280 link=1326513351/1#1 date=1326514405
      We recently spent some time training and assisting 2 Chinese Baristas to perfect a milk powder formula that would be able to be properly textured while still tasting something like milk so they could take it back to China and serve some decent coffee.
      But heres the part I dont get - they are serving coffee for anything between 20 rmb to 50 rmb for a coffee.. surely that cost for milk is covered then.

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        Re: Coffee fix in other countries..

        In Japan I found these nifty disposable drip filter units.  The first ones were starbucks branded, then we found some others which werent heaps better, but not terrible.

        It was a little cardboard and filter paper contraption which came in a foil pouch.  You squeezed it and it popped open to make a filter cone filled with ground coffee that sat on top of your cup.



        If Im going to be somewhere for more than a few days, I now travel with a porlex hand grinder and aeropress, and try to locate some fresh beans, unless I know the country will be okay with bringing coffee in.  Singapore will let anything in, NZ customs said they would allow it if they were sealed in a labelled bag, but I havent actually tried.

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          Re: Coffee fix in other countries..

          Ive got a plunger mug and I take a bag of coffee in case I cant get anything fresh.
          PS Taiwan is good for coffee beans these days.

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            Re: Coffee fix in other countries..

            I cant speak for the USA, but there is good coffee in Malaysia and Thailand. Have you checked the reviews in the "Good Coffee Where" section?

            I always do research on CS and other coffee websites before travelling and have rarely been dissapointed!

            Coffee culture probably starts with some mad enthusiasts like myself trying to introduce quality coffee in a place where it is rare...and over time quality becomes popular amongst coffee drinkers. During my 3 and a half yars in Thailand I have seen a dramatic increase in specialty roasters and good cafes in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Phuket is till far behind, something which I am hoping to help change.

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