Monday, May 19, 2008

Coffee number 9

Bistro Guillaume
Crown Entertainment Complex
8 Whiteman St
Southbank Victoria 3006
(03) 9693-3888

Cafe Latte - $5

Restaurant coffees are always expensive. Economically speaking, the high price is a result of the low price elasticity of demand for restaurant coffees. With there being few close substitutes for the coffee, (none, in fact, if you wish to stay in the restaurant, rather than searching for a still-open café), restaurants can charge higher prices than a cafés could. Not that I’m complaining. I love finishing off a good meal with a good coffee, and find myself looking forward to it as soon as they clear the plates away. I daresay I prefer it to wine! (How uncool am I?)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Coffee number 8

I actually haven’t bought a coffee for over a week. You’ll know that I’m trying hard to limit my coffee intake to one every other day, and that I’m still breaking in my new KitchenAid espresso machine. (Just typing those words makes me deliriously happy). I’ve also just started a new job where I can get free coffees all day. Are you teasing me, God? Just kidding.

So, this week, I don’t have a new coffee hot-spot to share, just a picture of a flat white I made at home. Too many bubbles in the foam, but I’m getting there!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Coffee Number 7

Caffe Romeo
319 Doncaster Road, Balwyn North, Vic
(03) 9857-6444

$7.50 - 250g Premium Blend Coffee

I love my new KitchenAid Espresso maker. Thank-you Dad! It has been easy to set up and use. As soon it was ready, I bought a small packet of freshly ground coffee from suburban coffee heaven, Caffe Romeo. It smells so good! What I like most about the machine, apart from its jaunty colour, is that it has 2 separate boilers: one for espresso, one for milk. You can prepare both simultaneously, without the milk getting cold, or the crema dissolving into feral-ness. I’m working on getting the milk right, but we’re already enjoying cappuccini and lattés all day long.