Coffee

The Mpanga – the best Burundi coffee

Today I tried the best Burundi coffee in the world – the Mpanga.

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The Mpanga won the Burundi Cup of Excellence Competition and was bought at auction for 62 times the market price of coffee.

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While I’m no expert on coffee, especially Burundi coffee, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew!

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The Espresso & Coffee Guide blog provides information on all things coffee including Burundi coffee.

I went to my local Campos Coffee in Dulwich Hill for this. Today is Burundi Champion Day at selected stores.

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Qahhwat al-bun “wine of the bean”

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Campos Coffee

I LOVE coffee! I drink it everyday. I love the smell, the taste (unless it’s poorly made), and the ritual involved.

Here in Sydney we are very fortunate to have Campos Coffee, their shop is a 10 minute walk from my office. My supervisor and I make the trek (rain or shine), on a near-daily basis to get our coffee fix. And it’s well worth, every barista there makes a perfect cup of coffee!

I read this blog this morning about the origin of the word “coffee” courtesy of Dictionary.com. It’s meaning in Arabic of wine of the bean really sums it up in my mind. Whether you have a shot black, espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, or a soy latte like me… enjoy!

Learn the mystery of coffee’s name (and a beautiful phrase along the way)
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Just how caffeinated do you like to be? A medical study has found that the more coffee subjects guzzled during the day, the lower their risk of contracting a rare form of head and neck cancer. People who drank at least 4 cups a day seemed to cut their risk by one-third.

Who doesn’t love to have a vice transformed into a virtue? A classic part of coffee’s mystique is the name “coffee” itself. The uncertainty around its etymology spans continents.

Leave it to the Italians to introduce coffee to the rest of Europe, as caffe. This word derives from the Turkish kahveh, which in turn stems from Arabic qahwah, short for qahhwat al-bun, meaning “wine of the bean.” This poetic phrase led to the misunderstanding that qahwah also meant “wine.”

Take another sip before you read on. Some researchers suggest that the story of coffee’s name goes further, originating from the Ethiopian region of Kaffa which is one of the historic homes of the bean. In Kaffa, coffee is called buno, and in Arabic the raw bean can be known as bunn. Returning to the lovely “wine of the bean,” qahhwat al-bun, both Ethiopian words are present.

To close, here are a few lesser-known coffee drinks. See if you know how they are made, and what they taste like.

Café-brûlot

Café royale

Macchiato

If you’re in Sydney this Sunday, the Aroma Festival is on!! I’ll be getting my $2 coffee! 🙂