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  • Coffee in China

    This is Flynn, your Asian correspondent (well one of them anyway)
    Currently in the lovely town of Dali in Yunnan, southern China.
    The coffee here isnt bad for what you might expect from a tourist area. Have tried two coffees here:
    Yunnan coffee: light, sweet without much body - like a Brazil coffee. But drinkable. This is a relatively dark roast. Dave, the guest house owner (Jade Emu) says that it comes from a farmer coop rather than the Hougu estate. Roasted on a large commercial roaster
    Baoshan: Also Yunnan coffee but a lighter roast with a bit more acidity as you might expect. Once again, sweet but no intense flavour or body.

    A few tourist notes: the foreigners here seem to be of my vintage and may be relics of the 70s hippy trail. There are some excellent adventures such as mountain hiking and more traditional touristy type things like Lake cruises and markets with lots of local crafts. The hawkers here arent as aggressive as you might find in other Asian destinations like India or Thailand. They seem to cater more for the Chinese tourist but a section of Dali (old town) has a number of guest houses that cater for foreign visitors. A large amount of evidence that other tastes may be catered for judging by the number of older single male tourists and smoking implements. We saw a couple of dope plants growing in the open outside the Three Pagodas ( another major tourist attraction) and one shop sold coke spoons. The shop owner insisted it was for cleaning your ears. Yeah, right, perhaps we looked too straight, but they were for sale alongside various other instruments for drug taking. No, we didnt buy any.

    Anyway, two more days here and then back to Singapore. Back in Oz on the 28th.

    See ya
    Steve

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    Re: Coffee in China

    Originally posted by 53594C5B5B544046350 link=1268711176/0#0 date=1268711176
    See ya
    ...on a future episode of Border Patrol
    ;D

    I suggest doing the laundry before returning to Oz and walking past the beagles.

    Sounds like a great adventure, I hope you are taking lots of coffee shots for the rest of us to vicariously enjoy China when you return.

    Have a ball!

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      Re: Coffee in China

      Originally posted by 5B747E631A0 link=1268711176/1#1 date=1268712423
      I suggest doing the laundry before returning to Oz and walking past the beagles.
      No risk there Andy - although I did buy a shirt made from hemp fibre today. My guess is that a lot of the plants growing wild are actually hemp fibre grade. I wont be sampling any to determine.

      I did ask about doing a coffee estate tour and, from what Dave could tell me, the estates are quite a distance from Dali and they arent really geared up for tours.

      My heart leaped when I found a specialty coffee shop today but while they sell some good gear (balance syphons), they also sell rubbish. Chinese espresso machines not unlike what you can buy on ee--bay, Chinese or Taiwanese imitation manual grinders. Also, the roast dates on the packets of whole or pre-ground seemed to be all 2009.
      A bit of a disappointment

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        Re: Coffee in China

        Originally posted by 7758524F360 link=1268711176/1#1 date=1268712423
        Originally posted by 53594C5B5B544046350 link=1268711176/0#0 date=1268711176
        See ya
        ...on a future episode of Border Patrol
        ;D

        I suggest doing the laundry before returning to Oz and walking past the beagles.

        Sounds like a great adventure, I hope you are taking lots of coffee shots for the rest of us to vicariously enjoy China when you return.

        Have a ball!
        Ahhh thats where you have gone, just sent you a PM wondering where you are

        its not the beagles you should fear, its the snap of those latex gloves ;D

        enjoy the rest of your trip mate

        Darren

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          Re: Coffee in China

          Originally posted by 13303F3B3E510 link=1268711176/3#3 date=1268777067
          its not the beagles you should fear, its the snap of those latex gloves
          Not speaking from experience here I hope Darren.

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            Re: Coffee in China

            Originally posted by 444E5B4C4C435751220 link=1268711176/4#4 date=1268787960
            Originally posted by 13303F3B3E510 link=1268711176/3#3 date=1268777067
            its not the beagles you should fear, its the snap of those latex gloves
            Not speaking from experience here I hope Darren.

            Is that returning to Australia or going into China ?

            We always had to use mules going into China from HK.. It was company policy, but strange as they always use non HK locals; as the mule  :  

            As to coming back into Australia... Only had an internal once in Cairns, on a return from PNG...  PS. I was being a smart ass; after 3 weeks of hell and being shot at etc it was late and we were all very tired...  I was also down with dysentery and worms etc etc.. He was a game customs agent...  Not something either of us enjoyed..

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              Re: Coffee in China

              Hey Flynn,
              Glad to hear youre enjoying the PRC. And off the beaten track too! *tips hat*

              Like you say, nigh impossible to find good coffee gear in China but I think youd love Taipei. Youll find both quality and crap there whereas the mainland only has the latter (with respect to coffee equip and paraphernalia).

              Safe travels

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