Regardless of where we come from, there’s one thing we all have in common. That’s drinking coffee. Whether you prefer it in the morning or afternoon, in company or alone, sweetened or bitter, we can all agree that coffee is something we can’t go without. The culture is widely spread and accepted. In places such as Australia, that’s even more evident. After all, with so many cultures in Australia, it is basically a microcosm. By observing its coffee culture, we can observe the glimpses of other cultures while also witnessing the creation of something entirely new.
1. Coffee with friends
As with many other countries, drinking coffee here is considered a social activity you should do with your friends and family. When you go to Australia and meet a local, you should definitely ask them to go get some coffee if you want to be friends with them. They’ll show you their favourite café and you’ll be on your way to making a new friend.
Drinking coffee might be the favourite pastime of many locals. That would explain the abundance of cafes all around. Being so laidback and relaxed, it’s almost logical to assume Aussies would prefer such a mild and calming activity. After all, what’s better than enjoying a cup of fine coffee with someone you love?
2. Growing coffee
The Down-under likes coffee so much they grow it themselves. The fact that Australia grows Arabica beans may be unfamiliar to many, but it’s still true. You can find the fields in Queensland and New South Wales, where the temperature is most suitable for coffee beans. The warm climate greatly helps the growth and ensures the quality of the coffee.
You’ll recognize authentic Australian coffee by its sweet and nutty taste, as well as a medium body. Another fact many are glad to know is that the coffee is mostly organic. In most cases, coffee farmers have no need to use pesticides, delivering you cups of pure and healthy coffee like you’ve never tasted before.
Australia loves being unique when it comes to their coffee. This is where you see the influence of all those cultures really come forward. Most cafes are independently owned, meaning that Aussies don’t really pay a lot of attention to coffee chains. This also means that each café looks very different. The items on the menu are various, too. Thanks to the design, you can see the personality of the owner as well as the people that come in.
This means you’ll be able to experiment with coffee like never before. Even if you thought you knew everything about a certain type of coffee, Australian cafes will show you that you haven’t even begun discovering the possibilities. Through coffee, you’ll also get to know the locals in those cafes and see if their tastes match the tone of the café. Finally, you’ll be able to find just the right café to match your tastes which will make you feel at home.
4. Coffee in the office
Australia’s coffee culture notably expands to the office environment more than the average country’s. the custom is as important to employers as it is to the employees, which might explain the reason they pay attention to quality so much. Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth coffee machines will all be newer models with various coffee options.
After all, coffee provides the perfect opportunity to mingle and get to know your coworkers. You spend half of your day with them, so you might as well get to know them. This is all in the interest of building team spirit and creating harmony. We can see that coffee, once again, brings people together and gives them common ground they can connect on.
5. Quality is everything
Even if the coffee turns out to be more expensive than you planned to spend, if it’s of the highest quality, you have to buy it. Making your own simple cup in the morning won’t suffice anymore, either. Everything is worth that perfect cup- waking up earlier, and even walking further just to get to your favourite café.
No matter how laidback Australians may seem, they take their coffee seriously. To ensure your day started on the right note, you really have to give it your all coffee-wise. It all comes as a price of thinking of coffee as a way of life.
As you can see, Australia is very colourful when it comes to the way they drink coffee. They might not be as traditional as some other countries, but the beauty is in the creation of something entirely new on the grounds of something entirely familiar. When you do visit Australia, you’ll be able to freely participate in their customs and even add something personal to the mix.