12 days of officially living in Sydney later and I finally feel as though I am getting the hang of this place. I have a week of work under my belt and can now successfully commute to work via either the bus or the train. Also, I managed to find an apartment!
So what exactly have I been up to the past week? Well, I walked the famous Bondi to Coggee beach walk, explored the weekend markets in the Rocks, and went to Manly beach twice. I also moved into my new apartment and started to explore the area around my new home. All in all its has been a good, but very busy first two weeks.
Now that the little Hannah’s life recap is over I can get to the real topic of this blog – coffee.
When most Americans hear the word they envision a giant Starbucks logo, or maybe Collectivo, or another big franchise name. That is far from the case here in Australia.
Walking down the street you do not see one coffee chain dominating the market, but rather a multitude of smaller stores each with their own unique brand. On my 10 minute walk to the train station I pass 7 different ones alone. In fact, I learned at my internship that Starbucks actually went bankrupt and closed a whopping 61 of its 84 stores back in 2008. I’ve attached an article about it here.
Besides the individuality of the coffee shops, another major difference is the coffee itself. Whereas Starbucks coffee drinks come in Tall (12oz), Grande (16oz), and Venti (20oz) in Australia they only two sizes, Regular (8oz) and Large (10oz). In some cases the large may be 12oz, but never more than that. They also have gotten rid of all of the frills of coffee such as sugary add-ins, specialty flavors, and even types of milk really. The options are simple: you either get a long black, or a flat white. *(Now technically there are 9 major types of coffee drinks you can get in Australia, but I prefer to simplify it a bit).
A long black is essentially and Americano, espresso with hot water. A flat white is espresso with steamed milk. There are no big pots of coffee brewed, its all single made espresso shots which explains why after one small cup my head is already buzzing. The menus are simple and often done up in chalk. Simple, easy, and quite frankly extremely delicious.
In comparison to the rest of food and drink in Australia, their coffee is pretty reasonably priced. Around $3 for the reg and $4 for the large which is great news for me because knowing I can get a cup on my way to work is
one of the only good thing about waking up at 5:45 every weekday.