Neighbourhood is on the move ; )

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it’s ok to be sad

“If you are sad, ask yourself why you are sad. Then pick up the phone and call someone and tell him the answer to the question. If you don’t know anyone, call the operator and tell him. Most people don’t know that the operator has to listen, it is a law. Also, the postman is not allowed to go inside your house, but you can talk to him on public property for up to four minutes or until he wants to go, whichever comes first.” ― Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You

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oh, hi there city.

Haven’t really been spending much time in the city… Suburbs just have so much to offer. Oh Melbourne you are SO big! And interesting. I give you that one.

Hey, would you like to see more of the random street photos? Should I make an effort and get out there? Get that bike a little further? Don’t be so lazy and take more photos of other things than coffee and food? Really? You think?


I agree.

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Hey you!

Melbourne loves you.

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Winter is coming. Time for tea?

What do I prefer: hot or cold coffees? Well well… During summer those icy beverages were a true bliss and a lifesaver. Refreshing, clean and well… mostly fruity! (yes I am still talking about coffee) Nevertheless, the winter is on its way kids and with that in I will probably have to say ‘bye for now’ to the cool-me-offs. But hey! There is no need to worry. I shall be satisfied after all! And in order to warm up the upcoming long evenings I do not have to switch tea completely either. It seems like I will be drinking more and more coffee with a distinctive bergamot aroma. (Sorry Earl Grey you won’t be alone there!).

Totally enjoyed the Ethiopia Sidamo the other day at the Ora Cafe. Thanks to Aidan I had a chance to compare cold and hot aeropress starring these beans. And as much as  loved the icy and refreshing cup, I  couldn’t help but notice how surprisingly calming yet invigorating it felt to drink the warm version of the brew. Just got me wanting more. Especially now since the sun is gone and I am feeling slightly cold when I wake up in the morning. I know I know… But hey, just because I am Polish it doesn’t mean my skin is 10 times thicker and I don’t feel the temperature drop unless it reaches minus 30. And it definitely doesn’t mean I like cold weather. Ok I said it. It’s out there people. And while we are on the whole stereotypes topic – just because I come from Poland it doesn’t mean I like vodka.  I don’t. Actually I believe most people don’t. Well at least they don’t enjoy it as much as they claim. Anyway I went to far with my train of thoughts.

Lets just stick with pictures.

Am I boring you with my topic choices?

PS. To those who would like to know what else is up with me in Melbourne, well… I am great 😀 Rhys is also great. WE are both really really great 😉


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catch the sunshine!

Winter is seriously creeping in. Enjoying the sun while it lasts. Last week it was warm enough to go to the beach and take a dip.

Yesterday was lovely too. Warm. Sunny. Lots of cycling, food eating and coffee drinking. Went to Ora Cafe in Kew and had some delicious Ethiopian Sidamo brews prepared by Aidan. Oh, and the taste of THE pancake… almonds, gently poached strawberries and milky ice cream… Divine! Will be back.

Needed to seriously cool off the heat after cycling back home. What does one do in such situation? Jumps into our backyard pool. Bliss. Roasted lemon and thyme chicken for dinner. Probably last meal eaten in the garden. 4 bottles of red and 4 happy faces.

Perfect Day Off.

So, how’s that spring over in Europe guys?  🙂

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All this fuss about 16 grams of coffee and some hot water.

Aeropress. Need to have it. Gotta love it. Ok, You should at least try it.

The other day I went to The Victorian Aeropress Championship and it was a blast. Lots of people, lost of coffee and excitement in the air. By the end of the night it was really hot in normally the rather spacious and airy Seven Seeds cafe. Being fairly new to the whole coffee industry and the specific coffee community of Melbourne I felt thrilled and overwhelmed at the same time. But as soon as the coffee beans hit the grinders and the hot water was being poured it didn’t matter. It was all about the coffee and those 8 minutes per round to brew a delicious beverage.

The winner’s brew was oh so sweet (yes I had a chance to taste it!) but let’s face it the competition was pretty intense and closer to the final the differences weren’t that obvious. I just started to get to know the aeropress brewing method. And even as a newbie I realise there are many factors playing a role here. It is not just about the dosage, temperature and the time of the brewing. Some competitors used Norwegian water, hand grinders, different vessels to cool their brew. But there was one thing they all had in common, all of them looked damn good rocking that aeropress ; ) All this makes me want to have a coffee now…

Well well. Time to introduce the winner. Meet Aidan Knight people. I loved his immaculate white shirt, his very neat and steady performance and his extremely photogenic hands. Oh yeah, not to mention the ridiculously sweet final brew.

Funny thing… He was the first person I met and talked to that night. 2 hours later… surprise surprise! All this makes me want to have a coffee now. Tomorrow I might go to Ora Cafe in Kew and try some more of Aidan’s beverages.

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