Though only one half of the ETW team is a coffee lover – we’re both always interested in learning about different coffee cultures around the world. Just when we feel like we are getting a handle on the latest trends and variations – we encounter a totally new drink – in this case: The Flat White. Though it is becoming popular worldwide, we were interested to learn it was invented in New Zealand, a country so far not on our coffee radar. The Flat White is a double-shot coffee drink topped with foamed milk, somewhere between a latte and a cappuccino, but with a smaller size than typically expected of a latte. Still sound a little obtuse? There are several definitions on the Coffee Hunter site. Anyone have a place to order a flat white in Chicago?
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We enjoy latte art, though it usually doesn’t go much beyond a leaf or a heart. However, Japanese barista Kazuki Yamamoto takes latte art to a whole new level – even including some 3D creations.
M does not like cappuccino. Or coffee of any kind. At least this is the story he told himself, until an encounter with the most delectable, sweet, delicious coffee drink he has ever sampled: the famous cappuccino at Rio de Janeiro’s landmark Confeitaria Colombo. It took a lot of nudging for him to try it. With the parents visiting us in Rio for a week, M’s Mom raved about her cappuccino, proclaiming that it was the favorite thing she ate during her week in Rio. “Could it really be that good?” M thought to himself. A week later, having breakfast together with a friend, both L and friend were sampling cappuccinos in front of M, and finally, on a whim, he decided to go for it.
He would end up having two. Topped with a generous amount of homemade whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon, this is more a sweet coffee drink than a real Italian cappuccino, hitting sweet and spiced high notes that purist coffee drinkers may scoff at. But not M: this was a pastry in a coffee cup, and just what he needed to get over his dislike of coffee drinks. If you are ever in Rio, do yourself a favor and head into Confeitaria Colombo, even if just to sample its famous – and very worth it – cappuccino. Score local points by standing at the bar!
Kudu Coffee House
4 Vanderhorst St.
Charleston is a beautiful city, almost freakishly so – it seems like every elegant building is perfectly preserved in time (okay, maybe this creeps us out just a little). Amidst the grandeur, we noticed a relative lack of independent coffee shops. However, Kudu coffee house, an African-themed coffeehouse is filling the void. What really sets Kudu apart is its extensive selection of single-origin coffees from all over the continent: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Tanzania. A must-get is their signature Meru Mocha – a drink made from chocolate, mint, espresso and steamed milk. Kudu’s decor is bright and sunny, with African art pieces, flags and plants gracing the walls. Kudu also boasts a cool courtyard, and free wifi. Even on a hot summer day, the place was filled with groups of people puttering away on laptops.