Confessions of a Coffee Addict

I know, I know! I haven’t posted anything recently on this particular blog of mine, but fear not (if you were fearing) for I have found a topic that I wish to discuss! (Wild applause)

Ever since Riva disappeared from the shelves, I have been desperately searching for a replacement to supplement my love of coffee. More often than not I am disappointed by the lack of taste or general weakness that a particular blend provides, but upon smelling the fragrance of the Avalanche Duo, and noticing that it was the first coffee since Riva that smelt genuine, I thought I was onto something special.

You will notice I am speaking in past tense, yes – well, that will be revealed soon!

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I always heave two mounds into my cup, with one mound of sugar and no milk (I have always felt that milk deafens the taste). Basically, there are no difficult steps that need to be taken to adequately create a cup of Avalanche coffee, which is surprising because after my first cup of it I could have sworn that something had gone terribly wrong.

Now, for legal reasons, I will say this; I am not a professional reviewer, and this opinion is simply my own!

Okay, now back onto the review…

The first thing I noticed was that each mouthful of Avalanche Duo is thick. Riva and every other coffee blend I have ever drunk was thin, like water, and easily slid down my throat, and unless I am drinking cappuccino, I cannot imagine why a regular coffee would be as thick as this. If that is not enough, the drink is also quite sticky, and it felt as though there was something caught on my teeth, which is the last thing I need to feel whilst attempting to enjoy myself. Drinking coffee is meant to be a relaxing pastime right, not an annoying one?

If this is not enough, although Avalanche Duo smells like coffee, it tastes much different than what I was initially expecting. Instead of tasting, well, like coffee, Avalanche Duo has what I might call a fake chocolate taste to it. Safe to say, if I wanted the equivalent of hot chocolate, I would have bought that rather than coffee.

Lastly, and this is the most important part I realised, the last mouthful, albeit, rather large mouthful, was filled with sludge. Now, I called the hotline for Avalanche Coffee, (which was in New Zealand by the way so I am guessing my phone bill this month is going to be bigger than my ego) and I was told that this is meant to be this way. You see, 15% of this particular coffee is Infused Fresh Coffee, and this is what is supposed to happen when this particular variant is used, although I for the life of me cannot see how this is in anyway tolerated. Imagine drinking a cup of tea, and in the last couple of mouthfuls finding yourself choking on all of the leaves that have spilled out from the bag? That is how this is like, and as you might imagine it was quite a shock for someone who was not at all expecting this, and just as much the second time when this moron forgot what had happened the day before. Imagine that? Forgetful much?

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There is however a way around this issue. If you are like me, you don’t drink your coffee immediately after you make it; you have your lunch/snack, before beginning to savor your coffee afterwards once it has cooled down by a couple of degrees. This is the problem. If you do not drink Avalanche Duo immediately after stiring it, the coffee will accumulate at the bottom in a sludge after returning to its original state. So, if you drink your coffee like I do, you need to stir it again before proceeding to drink – although I must admit one quick stir will not suffice – you need to really put some elbow grease in there, and then it should be alright. Only once though, over the course of the four times I have had Avalanche Duo, have I not had to suffer the sludge at the bottom of my cup.

My concluding review? Well, this is just my opinion and you dear reader may actually enjoy it. I however, a guy who does not believe in wasting food; good, bad or indifferent, cannot wait to finish the bottle that I bought. Must buy? For me, nope, never again I am afraid!

If you have tasted Avalanche Duo and have your own opinion, please comment if you wish.

Thank you for reading, and have a good day! Oh, and good coffee too!

As black as night & as sweet as true beauty

 

I had not planned on writing another post for a couple more days (because I am at the moment editing a 212 page manuscript, sigh!), but it seems that I have been called out from my temporary hiatus.

A fellow blogger, Miss. Zen Scribbles (whose blog can be found at this here link: http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/) requested a few of her happy followers to answer some caffeinated questions if they wished. At the very mention of ‘coffee’ my mind was immediately made up, and before I knew it I had a late night cup of coffee in my hands and my fingers flying across the keyboard as I attempted to do justice to such interesting questions.

The questions that Miss. Zen Scribbles answered can be found at the following link: http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/would-you-like-coffee-with-your-sugar/

Thank you ma’am for allowing me the opportunity to take part!

Right, now, on with the questions!

1: How many cups of coffee per day do you drink?

Between two and three. On occasion I have begun my mornings with coffee, but I usually prefer a cold drink in the morning. I especially enjoy coffee at midday and night.

2: What is your favorite caffeine delivery system?

I will have to say that I would prefer to take my coffee orally. What? Not serious enough? Oh, alright…I prefer coffee in a cup – hot, black, often without sugar because that can sometimes dilute the flavor.
I was a huge Riva Coffee drinker, and I was incredibly disappointed two years ago to find that the product was no longer in vogue. I am down to my last bottle now. I have recently discovered a Colombian brand which is not bad, but I often find that many brands of coffee are quite disappointing because they fail to accurately capture the richness of the flavor. Coffee is meant to be a seductress that awakens you from your slumber – not an intolerable tall drink of water incapable of awakening your soul.

3: What was your best cup of coffee?

Hmmm…I don’t have one favorite, but three…
One: as previously mentioned, I love Riva, so any cup of Riva is a good choice.
Two: cappuccino in Watergradens Town Centre, outside Target – great little place I used to drink at there. Should return there some day.
Three: Ice Coffee recipe I conceived on my own, but I’m sure other people can come up with such a recipe:
Instructions:
-first off, find a tall glass – yes, glass. Not a cup. Reminds me of Lygon Street over in the city – they always use glasses rather than cups over there, and using a glass makes me feel like I am walking down the great restaurant based suburb.
-throw in four teaspoons of coffee and either an equal amount of sugar, or two spoons – user discretion
-fill a third of the glass with hot water – stir
-fill the next two quarters of the cup with milk – does not matter which variety, light, full cream, etc. Stir again.
-now, take out that container of vanilla ice cream from the fridge and throw a few spoons on top
-done!

4: What was your worst cup of coffee?

Easy – I experienced this particular brew in November. My boss at the time purchased me a coffee at Queen Victoria Market from a Turkish restaurant – WORST CUP OF COFFEE EVER! I did drink the entire thing though, but I did warn my fellow employees that the chance of me falling onto my back with my arms  and legs in the air was incredibly high. The sickly after taste of such an awful cup remained with me for an unbelievably long period of time after that. To make it worse, later that night I had a glass of the most sour wine imaginable.

5: What does your favorite mug say?

I have four: One has the image of a panting dog on the side. Another says ‘boss’. Another has the word ‘Gangst@’ written across the side. The last is an Easter based mug and has the words ‘some bunny loves you’ upon it.

6: How do you take your coffee?

I think I previously mentioned this – hot, black, and preferably from a well known and very reliable brand.

7: When did you have your first cup?

When I was eight. A girl I knew at the time said she enjoyed having tea, so I tried that, and the following week I had a go at coffee – instant attraction. There was never a love story quite like Naughty Nefarious and his coffee.

8: Have you ever gone on a coffee date?

On a few occasions actually. I have gone with family, friends and work colleagues. Some very pleasant conversations I have experienced over the past few years have been over coffee.

Now, I am going to tag a few people to undertake this quiz as well. Here goes…

http://allworldissues.com/

http://courtingmadness.wordpress.com/

http://ourconsciousness.wordpress.com/

http://prinsesamusang.wordpress.com/

http://stuffitellmysister.me/

If you wish to undertake the coffee quiz, then by all means. Additionally, if I didn’t tag you and you wish to take the quiz, I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to do so…

Cheers!

My Christmas Post

 

I’m not religious – nor am I truly into the whole Christmas spirit. With that said however, that does not mean that I do not celebrate such an event. Just because I no longer put up a beautiful sparkling tree and other decorations about my residence does not mean that I do not choose to celebrate such an event. I mean, Christmas? It’s an excuse to be a spend thrift. For some reason I often acquire more pleasure from buying gifts for others than I do from buying presents for myself. Additionally, the act of acquiring gifts is quite fun for often you are given presents that you may not purchase yourself due to a potentially excessive price. Then there is the excuse to eat something quite deliciously bad for your health, and the additional excuse to consume large amounts of alcohol. Long story short – it is in my best interest to celebrate such an event even if my Christmas spirit has, over the past few years, dwindled.

I think Christmas is mainly for the children. Personally, I believe that I am too adult and mature to fully appreciate what Christmas once meant for me when I was a child. It was so exciting to such an extent that on several occasions I was unable to eat my own breakfast because of the anxiety I felt in regards to imagining what gifts I would receive that day. Now that I have experienced this same event a good number of times, I basically know what is going to happen because I have enjoyed it before, and even though it is Christmas, it is still repetitive.

I do however believe that Christmas is about spending time with family and friends, and thanking them for being a part of your life by showering them with gifts. This year I spent Christmas with family; namely my mum and dad. In the past I have had friends and even prior partners that I have enjoyed the event with, but this year – not so much.

That however does not make the act of receiving gifts any less enjoyable.

My pile of presents

My pile of presents

My mother's presents that I purchased for her

My mother’s presents that I purchased for her

...and the gifts I bought my father. If you can't alreday tekll - that gold parcel - real bastard to wrap that thing was

…and the gifts I bought my father. If you can’t already tell – that gold parcel – real bastard to wrap that thing was

In my view, the act of wrapping up the presents that you buy is as important as purchasing them. This opinion is one that I have always held. In my view, wrapping up a present is an act of love, for you are taking time out from your busy schedule to wrap that which will most likely not want to be wrapped, and will no doubt fight you tooth and nail to not be tucked away beneath an endless amount of wrapping paper. However, over the past couple of years I have noticed many individuals making their way to stalls within supermarkets to have their presents wrapped for them by others. In my opinion, this contradicts an essential part of what Christmas stands for. Do you have an opinion on this?

As I mentioned earlier in this post, Christmas is an excuse to indulge in that which you normally wouldn’t. Safe to say my exercise routine has been severely compromised from such a feast.

yummy?

yummy?

...on closer inspection. And yes, I made Christmas dinner this year. Also, that gravey - probably has more calories than the entire meal combined

…on closer inspection. And yes, I made Christmas dinner this year. Also, that gravy – probably has more calories than the entire meal combined

Dessert - the Pavlova.

Dessert – the Pavlova.

I really love my cappuccino

I really love my cappuccino

After dinner, I was as stuffed as this guy. I kid you not - I looked like the side of a house

After dinner, I was as stuffed as this guy. I kid you not – I looked like the side of a house

I know that many cooks often hate that which they make (or so I have been told) but I have to say I think I did a not half bad job. On the plus side my mother was glad to be out of the kitchen, for Christmas dinner is often a long drawn out process.

One thing I have always enjoyed, although I cannot entirely explain why, are the bon bons. This year however, they were surprisingly worse than usual. Only two of them contained jokes, so I was ripped off on four separate occasions (not that the jokes are ever really funny – I mean ‘why did the germ move across the microscope? To get to the other side!’ – that ain’t even Christmasy. Nor it is funny). You may have noticed a bottle opener in one of my above photos – yeah – you just know where that came from. If it can actually open a bottle, I would be deeply surprised.

On another note, the favourite gift I received for Christmas this year would have to be the Halo 4 Original Soundtrack, along with the additional six songs that I downloaded online. True, a soundtrack may not sound very impressive, but after playing the game a couple times over I had come to really appreciate the musical genius of the entertaining piece.

My second most favourite present would have to be Castle, seasons three and four. For reasons I cannot explain this series is always ridiculously expensive, so to have these two seasons purchased for me, is a relaxing weight off my shoulders.

The third favourite gift I received this year was a new Samsung mobile – a GT-C3520 Clam Shell. I realise that a phone in the eyes of many others would potentially be the most prized present received, but for me, it is simply a communicative device – nothing more. Additionally, I realise that Smart Phones are incredibly popular these days, but never have I come to truly appreciate them. I know they are capable of a wide variety of different things, but really – I find them a waste. True – you can watch films, surf the net, read and write documents, play music and do a whole manner of other things from playing games to no doubt eliminating Sunday drivers. In my opinion though, if you want to watch a film – buy a BluRay player. You want to read a book; buy a Kindle or other like device, or go out there and physically buy a living breathing book. Not that books live and breathe – that would be scary. If you want to surf the net or type a document – use a laptop. What happened to the days when phones were used to talk to people from long distances, or am I just old fashioned? But that’s my opinion, so please excuse my semi-rant for a moment there.

Lastly, I did enjoy my Christmas this year, and I hope everyone else did too.

Did you enjoy your Christmas this year? Did you see this holiday as an excuse to pig out? What are your thoughts and feelings about this annual holiday celebration?

Cheers!

Bailey’s Christmas Recipe

Incredibly alcoholic – little kiddies, stay away!

Ingredients:

-1 tin Condensed Milk (400 millilitres)

-5 tablespoons (80 millilitres) chocolate topping

-300 millilitres bottle cream

-250 millilitres whiskey

-2 millilitres coconut essence

Directions:

-add all ingredients to a bowl and beat on low speed with an electric mixer for 3 minutes

-then, beat on a medium speed for one minute

-taste! In regards to the chocolate topping, this is a personal choice. If you want your Bailey’s to have a more chocolate flavour, add more chocolate topping

This recipe makes approximately one bottle full. If you want more, simply double the quantity of ingredients.

Enjoy!