Stuff White People Like – So Good it HURTS!

I can’t help myself, I love my Vespa, If I am not in my veggie powered 4WD (with Apple sticker on the back window), I drive my Vespa to sit in a non-franchised, un-corporate cafe drinking fairtrade organic coffee, in front of me on the table is my Apple Macbook with a Molskine notebook on top and my iPhone alongside.

I AM A STEREOTYPE – aghhhhhh, I need a new life!  🙂   This website I found has caught me out. I am predictable, readable and … aghhh it hurts so much I could not help but laugh … and laugh  … and laugh. I had tears running down my cheeks. Christine has been saying the things this guy blogs about for years to me. This is so clever!

He was on Triple J last week apparently. He writes about Things White People Like, here is his list – You need to visit his site!


I Drink Good Coffee!

People say, “you drink a lot of coffee”. Until recently [when I realized I actually DO drink too much] I used to say no, I don’t drink much I just drink well. I drink good quality coffee. I always prided myself on the fact that when I would go to a coffee shop I would look for Fiori or 5 Senses (Fiori being my outright fav.), and when I buy beans…every few weeks, it is always Fiori beans I buy, admittedly not roasted by Justin at Fiori, but rather Matt at Dancing Goat…Currambine 🙂

My point?

Fiori have just won The Golden Bean award for the coffee roaster with the most consistently high-quality blends across the espresso and milk-coffee! Read Grendles summary here. Thus proving my theory about me drinking good coffee!

Well done Justin Gardner (Roaster man) and Kamran Nowduschani and Louise Gordon, owners of Fiori for a great coffee – right here in WA!

Coffee Stats for You

Quarter of Aussies ‘addicted to coffee’
One quarter of Australians are addicted to coffee and cannot function without it, a survey reveals.
In a Home Beautiful magazine poll of 552 people, 26 per cent of respondents admitted they were addicted to caffeine.

About 12 per cent said they drank four or more cups of coffee a day while 14 per cent said they drank up to three cups every day.
The self-proclaimed addicts said they could not speak to anyone before they had their first caffeine hit in the morning.
“Coffee is the life blood of Australians, it’s what makes us get out of bed in the morning,” Home Beautiful magazine editor Wendy Moore said.
“This survey proves how integral coffee is to everyday life – without it, Australia could come to a standstill.”
The survey found one quarter of Australians never drink coffee and prefer tea or juice.
About 27 per cent of those polled said they had about two cups of coffee a day as a way to relax, while 24 per cent said they drank one cup or less a day and only while catching up with friends.
According to the Australian Coffee Traders Association, Australian coffee drinkers consume 2.4kg each a year, compared to just over half a kilogram 50 years ago.

I have to confess, although I LOVE coffee I would only average a cup a day…ok, maybe 2.

Grendel Ponders the Bean Again Christians…

By “Grendel”

Coffee and religion have a long history it seems, and like many drugs I suppose it should not be surprising that a drug renowned for its sociable use should be found linked with communities of faith.

Coffee’s origins in Ethiopia make for an interesting religious circumstance. Ethiopia is one of the unique places where the three Abramaic faiths have co-existed for a long time. Judaism, Christianity and Islam…read full article here.

My Coffee Machine

Some people ask me…”You are a bit of a coffee fanatic, what kind of a coffee machine do you make your coffee on?”
I don’t…I like coffee too much to kill it in a cheap machine, so I plunge or stove top.

BUT if you want to help make a nice home coffee, all donations welcome for the machine posted below, this is a coffee consumers dream! I know, I know, how many children in Ethiopia could I save if I sent them the $3000 it would take to get this domestic machine into my kitchen…but then again, I could buy lots of Ethiopian coffee off them and help them that way!!

The ISOMAC La Modiale.


Additional Options

Coffee Visit

I have followed the life of a guy I heard about in unusual circumstances. My family met Dean first at some mutual friends birthday function. Not long after that my family (minus me, as I was in Sydney studying theology) were traveling the red dusty road of the north west when their car broke down. Who should come past but this same guy, Dean, he was a knight in shining armor to them at this time.

The monster roaster

I met Dean from time to time in the years that followed. He had begun a coffee importing/roasting/distribution business and I enjoyed coffee. When I was looking after coffee at Whitford, it was always Dean’s coffee (Five Senses) I would buy for our machine.

Cooling the beans after a roast – PNG AA

Last Friday I have the opportunity to meet Dean again, on his turf, down in Rockingham at the Five Senses head office. The trip was organized through Coffee Snob’s, Grendel. But my major interest (apart from catching up with Dean again) was to hear his heart for mission, fair trade and wealth distribution. (Oh – and “cupping” some FINE coffee!) He has an amazing heart for empowering people in the developing world with the ability to generate wealth and use their abilities to produce and market their wares.

The “Bean Store”

I highly commend Dean and his great team to you as a company with a heart for the marginalized of our world, but not just a heart, but a hand – actually reaching out making a difference…and making some incredible coffee along the way.

Dean at the small roaster.

Grendel’s Story here