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COFFEE

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Many people know my weaknesses and I will share them with you!

In no particular order as that order changes from day to day:

  1. Wine
  2. Coffee
  3. Chocolates/Sweets/Cupcakes

But today I will elaborate on my weakness or as I call it my absolute love for COFFEE.

My exposure to COFFEE can be categorized in 4 groups:

  1. Everyday drink coffee – what ever was on special at Costco
  2. Starbucks – A treat when out and about
  3. Nespresso – Super special HOME MADE coffee
  4. Unique Coffee shop coffee

I cannot start my day without a cuppa joe (make that 3 cups of coffee).

Being in a new Country has many benefits and one of them is that you get to try new products and find new favorites. On the account that my old favorite coffees are not available in the local stores here in Charlotte, USA. Every month we try a new coffee and usually it is a coffee on special at Costco so I do not have a favorite coffee as of yet but I will keep you posted.

An absolute plus (for me) living in the USA, is Starbucks. As a child when we traveled overseas we would spoil ourselves with Starbucks Coffee as there were no Starbucks cafes in South Africa then so I guess I might be nostalgic or sentimental about Starbucks because maybe I still associate having Starbucks Coffee with my family holidays as a child.

starbucks

We received our Nespresso Machine as a wedding gift from my Mother and father in-law. I guess she picked up on us LOVING good coffee. We just enjoy our Nespresso Machine so much. I will make myself a Nespresso Coffee after a long day (before my wine) or just when I need to feel a little less like a dirty dish cloth. There is just something about choosing a Nespresso pod and running it through my little red machine. The pods come in different intensities to fit any mood. Unfortunately there are no Nespresso Stores here in Charlotte so we make use of the online ordering service Nespresso website provides, the only bad thing about this is that we do not get to taste new flavors in a store front as we did at our Nespresso Store in Sandton, South Africa but coffee delivered to your door, now that is amazing. Click on their link to order coffee.

https://www.nespresso.com/us/en/

Nespresso-Capsules

But I do so love visiting an unique coffee shop. The smell lingering in and around the shop and the taste of a real brewed coffee – oh, its to die for!

I read an article: Worlds best coffee shops: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/drinks/the-worlds-best-coffee-shops/ and you might notice that the number one coffee shop in the world (according to some UK’nians) is Truth Coffee in Cape Town, South Africa (2 years in a row). I have had the pleasure to enjoy their coffee before the BIG move to the US and can concur with that ranking. As soon as you walk through the doors, you feel like you are in a whole other world, almost Alice in wonderland meets steampunk world. The decor is amazing and so different, the waiters all dressed up in outfits made for broadway and the coffee making equipment so over the top and cool but wait there’s more!! They have a menu with eats fitting this “out of this world” atmosphere and the coffee is really that good!

A genuine must see and experience for next time you are in Cape Town.

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http://www.truthcoffee.com

I will try and make my way through the rest of the worlds best coffee shop seeing as I am claiming that I love coffee so much.

A close second favorite coffee shop of mine is Vintage Coffee in Centurion, South Africa.

Vintage

This coffee shop is so plain and simple but so unique (less is definitely more!) and stylish. They give away a portion of their profits to charities in and around South Africa but what is even more cool about that is that you get to chose where the profit from your coffee will go to. Every month they chose 3 new charities to support so as to help as many people from different places and situations as they possibly can.

There are so many more amazing coffee shops in South Africa, click here to find the Top 10:

http://www.coffeyandcake.com/2015/09/10-of-the-best-coffee-shops-in-south-africa.html

As I am still in the EXPLORING North Carolina phase, I have not concluded my favorite coffee shops as of yet but I have heard only good things about Smelly Cat in NODA, Charlotte, USA. Here is a list of the best Coffee Shops in North Carolina.

http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/morning-edition/2015/02/these-charlotte-coffee-shops-are-rated-among-state.html

Another favorite popping up in conversation with other coffee loving mothers is Amelie’s Bakery but I think is more to do with the “salted caramel brownie” than the coffee.

To end off my ode to coffee: “YOU CANT BUY HAPPINESS, BUT YOU CAN BUY COFFEE AND THAT’S PRETTY CLOSE”!

 

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