Hi and welcome!Originally Posted by 182C3B303D36275E0 link=1163710607/1053#1053 date=1275580806
This thread is more for introductions rather than questions so Ill leave it to a moderator to determine of a move is needed but you can still tell us a bit more about yourself. *8-)
My understanding of French is that they prefer darkly roasted coffee prepared with milk (cafe au lait) and served in bowls. I love French cinema and I notice this is how I have seen it in some movies as well.
In answer to your questions: yes, Australia is a high per capita consumer of coffee and we may even be evolving into a nation of coffee connoisseurs. I dont think it is part of our culture more so than other countries.
*Ill leave it to those who are more well-travelled than I to provide comparisons but certainly we are turning more to espresso style coffees or other preparation techniques rather than just instant.
Yes, there are quite a few cafes and roasteries in the major cities of Australia with Melbourne probably more recognised for that sort of culture but not sure if it is really that much ahead of Sydney. If you visit these cities are you are certain to find good coffee. I believe there is also some rural areas where good coffee is served. I have heard a rumour of a bakery in a place called Wee Waa.
The people on this forum do own expensive espresso equipment and do our own rossting - thjis is what the forum is about but *it is more about coffee appreciation.
By no means are we as famous for our coffee appreciation as the French are for their wine appreciation. I would say our wine appreciation exceeds our coffee appreciation and I think it is safe to say there are many more wine connoisseurs in Asutralia than coffee connoisseurs.
Yes, it is recent. This site has only been around since 2004 and I think that arose from a relatively small group that has grown to tens of thousands across Australia (naturally), New Zealand and several other countries.
I think most of our inquiries on the forum are from people looking for advice on buying a new machine. The more common coffee machine choices are the appliance type that can be bought in major department stores or the super automatic type which only require the user to place a cup and push a button to create a cup of coffee. Increasingly, some are turning to the European-made espresso machine, spending thousands of dollars; my machine costs up to $3000AUD - over €1800 in Australia.
Your English is very good.