i am in new zealand because of coffee. and god, i suppose. but it started with coffee.
when i went through a cleanse last year, i wrote about looking forward to my first cup of post-cleanse coffee. a ysmarko reader from new zealand named tash mcgill commented that if i were ever in new zealand, she would introduce me to real coffee. i told tash i would love to visit nz someday. and the next thing i know, tash is telling me she’s the program director of a large youth event, and wondering if i would consider being their speaker.
so it was only right that when my family landed in auckland a couple weeks ago, and tash picked us up, one of our first stops was a coffee shop. kiwis really do like their coffee. it’s a “cafe culture”, they say. but here’s the thing: they DO NOT like filter coffee, like we americans do. all their good coffee is espresso or espresso-related. a “short black” is a little single espresso. a “double short black” is, well, a double espresso. a “tall black” is a single or double espresso with some hot water in it (probably the closest thing to good strong coffee in the states). and a “flat white” is latte.
but this is interesting: they drink flat whites (lattes) in small glass tumblers, without a handle. like a small water glass. oh, and they often have two or three sizes — the very common large size called a “latte bowl”. and it’s served in a literal bowl, as in the pic below. again, no handles: so you have to pick it up and drink it like a chinese soup bowl.
i’ve come to love these “latte bowls”. i’m really gonna miss them. and i’m thinking someone could make a killing in the states if they opened a coffee shop that served coffee in the kiwi style.
oh, and, yes, i am wearing braids in this picture. deal with it.
4 thoughts on “who wants a bowl o’ coffee?”
I think you should keep the braids. With the current hair, is it about time to update the picture of you and your wife?
I am an American living in South African and most people here don’t drink filter coffee, but they love instant coffee. It’s sad really. Beautiful country, bad coffee. Cheers.
After the head band while camping you think braids are going to catch us off guard?
i just made it home!!!!!!!!!!!!
you know i bet that seeing as starbucks let you bring your own mug – they’d let you bring your own bowl. they’d look kinda sideways at you, but they’d let you do it.