“Hey, mate. How are you doing? Want to grab a cup of coffee? This is how most conversations in Australia begin, whether with a friend, a colleague, or a tinder date. The coffee culture in Australia is huge and growing. We have much to learn from other countries.
1. Coffee to the full
We like to keep things simple and stick with our old ways in the cold Nordics. We don’t believe that change is good. We drink a lot of coffee. It wakes us up each morning, and then it keeps us going through the day. We don’t know that coffee can be enjoyed.
Perhaps quality is more important than quantity. Coffee is a way of living in Australia. It is a way of life. People live, breathe, and dream about it. It’s okay to love it deeply, but it’s also fine to walk a little further to reach your favorite cafe.
Finnish people don’t like to have their morning coffee at home. We should walk to a nearby cafe to order our morning coffee. It’s a part of many people’s morning routine in Australia, regardless of where they work or how much money they make.
When I lived in Sydney, I fell for the delicious breakfast plates offered by most cafes. A beautiful cappuccino or caffe latte was the cherry on top. The world would be more peaceful if everyone had the time to enjoy quality coffee. The wars could stop. Bennett St Dairy is a great place to grab delicious breakfast plates and coffee when you’re in Sydney. You don’t want to be in a rush and can’t find time to go to a cafe, so a coffee and takeaway coffee on the train is a great alternative.
2. Follow your taste buds.
Latte art is becoming more popular in Finland. However, you can’t guarantee that you will get it if your order includes a cappuccino. A cafe in Australia won’t last more than a month if its baristas aren’t skilled at making latte art. It is believed to make the coffee look prettier, but it affects the taste. Why? There are three reasons.
- It’s impossible to make a latte art if your milk hasn’t been frothed perfectly.
- If your milk doesn’t get froth perfectly, it could be either burnt, not smooth, shiny, or silky.
- If your milk isn’t perfectly frothed, it will ruin your perfect espresso experience.
The look of the food and its presentation can make a difference. Coffee should be treated the same.
3. Find out the difference between quality and quantity.
Starbucks failed to penetrate Australia’s markets because Australians weren’t happy with their poor coffee quality and average customer service (Munchies). Australians desire coffee that tastes good. People want coffee with the right flavors and aromas. They also expect quality roasting and brewing.
The grinder’s settings can make a big difference in taste and quality. Finlanders don’t know that your grinder should be adjusted every day. Every. Single. Day. You’re probably selling poor coffee if you don’t do it. This is the truth.
The saddest thing about this is that most customers don’t know how to differentiate between good, bad or excellent coffee. When it comes to a beautiful thing you love, it is okay to be demanding. It would be a mistake to eat old chocolate or surf with a damaged board. This would ruin the experience. Coffee is no different.
4. Be unique
Individuals own 95% of cafes in Australia, so each is unique. I love unique cafes that are personal and have a sense of the owner’s personality. These kinds of places are often warm, welcoming, and cozy. These places make you won’t stay for a while, or even a few hours. You can enjoy coffee or breakfast in peace, read a newspaper, or watch people walk by.
Interior design is a passion of mine. I pay close attention to details everywhere I go. It doesn’t matter what chair I choose or the wall color, I love beautiful things. Finland isn’t interested in making something unique and memorable. In Australia, however, almost every cafe wanted to be the most stylish, modern, or chicest, such as Gertrude & Alice Cafe or Brewtown Cafe. This is something I know of no one in Finland. Be personal. Be you. Let it shine.
We are slowly moving in that direction in Finland, but it is happening. Kissakahvila Helkatti is one place that stands out for me. It is a cafe filled with cats. Its interior design was created for humans as well as cats. This is a wonderful idea. It’s hard to imagine a better way than spending time with playful, happy cats while enjoying your cup of coffee. Paulig Kulma, another cafe I love, stands out above the rest. They are trendy and modern and offer a wide range of coffees and food. The coolest thing about the cafe is the roastery.
There’s Cafe Kuuma, a cute little cafe that offers delicious breakfast plates and a cozy atmosphere. Good coffee. You can easily spend half the day here reading or gossiping with friends.
Although each cafe is different, they all share one thing: a unique perspective and passion for what it does. That’s all I ask.
5. Get inspired!
Passionate people can create a platform for innovative ideas. You can love something and want to make it yours. The flat white was the result of this love. They wanted a coffee they could call their own and that would satisfy their taste buds.
We could create something in Finland that compliments the cold weather or makes you smile even during the darkness. What would it look like if there was a trend in Finland next year that everyone follows?
Let’s be more innovative, bold and willing to try new things and spread the coffee gospel! Coffee is precious and beautiful. It deserves to be treated with love, care, and respect. Coffee should be loved as much as your family.