Hard to believe with all my posts about Australia, but it’s been more than a month since I came home from my trip down under. While I experienced a lot of great food, I think what I miss the most is the coffee.

Surprised, huh? Especially since some of you might know I’ve only been drinking coffee (mostly lattes) since last year. I wasn’t a big coffee drinker before I went on vacation, but you have to drink it in Australia where there’s a cafe on every block, and luckily none of them are named Starbucks.

One of the many soy lattes I had in Australia. They're often served room temperature in a glass because it's so hot there.

One of the many soy lattes I had in Australia. They’re often served room temperature in a glass because it’s so hot there.

The coffee houses were almost all independents, and they all had fun, creative names like Workshop, Blue Bird, Gumption or Sample. Each cafe had its own look, especially in Sydney where I found many cool-looking spots.

What I love about the coffee in Australia was the consistently creamy foam on top of my soy lattes. I don’t know how they did it, but everywhere made it the same way, with a thick foam top that was creamy but light. It made the drinking experience so much more fun.

Fancy brewing pots at Market Lane Coffee at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne.

Fancy drip brewing pots at Market Lane Coffee at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne.

Side note: I’ve tried to find a place back in the Bay Area that can make the same type of foam, and so far I haven’t been able to find a place. Until last Saturday when I was in Healdsburg and got a soy latte from Moustache Baked Goods (a cupcake shop). They serve Blue Bottle Coffee but the way the barista prepared the foam for my soy latte was spot on. Sigh, but still have to drive almost two hours to get a cup.

A busy coffee stand in Sydney.

A busy coffee stand in Sydney.

Here’s a photo essay of a variety of coffee houses in Australia. And as always, check out my other slideshows in my Exhibits page.

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3 Responses to A Photo Essay of Australian Coffee Houses

  1. Row says:

    The creamy foam on the top of the latte is my favourite part! So much yummy-looking coffee… I think I’d be bouncing around from all of coffee I’d be consuming over there. 😀

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    The Aussies definitely have a strong coffee culture. Was told when I was there that Starbucks tried to come in, but failed to succeed. Seems the Aussies like their independent cafes better. Good for them!

    • Ben Ben says:

      Not so much in Sydney, but you do see a few Starbucks in Melbourne. I think because that city is really more cosmopolitan and touristy. But it’s not overrun by Starbucks, luckily.