Coffee in Australia

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The Luna Park ferris wheel illuminated by the Phantasos light installation during Vivid Sydney 2018.

Coffee in Australia is not just popular, but very popular. You can buy it on every corner, it is inexpensive, and the taste and smell – no doubt will bring pleasure to all lovers and heavily addicted. However, what is interesting to me, the coffee culture in Australia has many amusing features that I want to understand.

At the very beginning of the colonization of Australia, the number one drink was of course tea. This is not surprising, given the large number of English immigrants. However, with the beginning of the use of espresso coffee machines, the situation began to change. The key factor was the cultural boom that began after the Second World War, when the Australian government launched a new migration program, which made it possible for not only residents of the UK, but also other Europeans to move. Many Italians and Greeks brought with them the traditions of coffee making and coffee drinking.

Coffee with a sell without exaggeration at every corner. Many take it regularly on the way to work, so the vicinity of railway stations and other crowded places have long been occupied by small cafes. Locals get up quite early, so the coffee shops open in the morning, and they work …. before lunch. For example, in our house, which is located not far from the station, the cafe opens at 6 am and closes at 14:00. In general, few shops and cafes work on weekdays after 17:00. Although there are exceptions, for example, Starbucks, which is not very popular here, which are only two points in Brisbane, works from 5:30 to 20:00.

Of course, you can buy coffee in any shopping center in the food court, you might have thought. Of course there is truth in this. Moreover, coffee is sold not only in the food court itself, but also in small cafes around the shopping mall. After such a variety, it seems surprising that some fast food chains do not sell coffee. For example, in most parts of KFC there is no coffee, they simply don’t have a coffee machine. Why is the big question.

Yes, of course, all museums, galleries, zoos and any other places with regular traffic, necessarily have a cafe or restaurant, where they will surely offer light snacks, like fish and fries (fish and chips) and a cup of coffee. Looking at how everyone around them eats and drinks a cup of fragrant coffee, it’s hard not to join. It will not work for the hungry, although this is no longer about coffee, but about food in public places as a whole. By the way, there are always plenty of places in a cafe and you can bring snacks with you from home without any problems.