Sunday, June 11, 2006

Cut out coffee to save. The Sunday Times. June 11 2006

The Sunday Times reported that online superannuation comapany has issued a challenge to people to top up retirement nest eggs by gvining up the daily caffeine fix.

A online survey found that if the average 30-year old took up the latte challenge and cut out a few coffees and put the funds into a super fund they could end up with $162 000 or more at retirement...Small changes even for those in the lowest salary bracket can have a sizeable imput on retirement savings with minimal compromise to lifestyle.

Drinking coffee is about other things than having a caffeine fix. Like drinking and being with other people, or taking time out for oneself from the daily grind of life. It is the little pleasures that often keep us going.
Bean Scene The Coffee Culture Magazine Winter 2006

A great little magazine about all the things close to my heart coffee and chocolate. I have brought 4 copies over the past 6 months and in the last issue they decided to change the print size to 8. It was difficult to read and find the articles amongst all the advertisements. But this issue they have reverted to a normal size print. I love the events section, a summary of things around Australia and a list of new webpages to visit and products to buy.

There is a great article on the failure and success of a cafe...'Without proper training, encouragement, support and follow up the Barista can be the reason a cafe or espresso bar succeeds or fails'. How true. Why go back to a place where the coffee is not make to my liking even if the food, service and atmosphere are excellent?
Top 5 Caffeine Hits in Perth Sunday Times January 8 2006

Wild Fig Cafe, 33 West Coast Drive, Waterman
Panache Gourmet Food and Wine, Shop 1, 50 Square Subiaco
Cafe 130, 130 Oxford Street, Leederville
Boucia Giftware and Cafe, 349 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Milkd, 32 Angrove Street, North Perth

Soto Espresso, 507 Beaufort Street, Highgate
Dome Cafe, 649a Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Globe Coffee House, 1/663 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Diva, 676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley

Van's Cafe and Deli, 1 Napoleon Street, Cottesloe was named best cafe in WA by Gourment Traveller in its Best of the Best issue in April 2006. ABC Delicious placed it on its list of places to eat in Perth in August 2005.

I am trying very hard to get to all of them in the next couple of months but what we do when we find somewhere we love with great atmosphere, food and service.
Gold Plate Awards

What makes a coffee shop or cafe win a Gold Plate Award in Perth

Coffee Shop Finalists
Sensations en Ardross, Applecross
Left Bank Bar and Cafe, East Fremantle
Cafe Fez, Bunbury

Sensations en Ardross, Applecross

Premier's Award
Le Paris Brest Cafe, Kalamunda
Best Sweets Gourment Traveller April 2006

European style patisseries, cakes, layered delights, rich aroma of coffee, real chocolate, five-textured chocolate cake, sorbet, icecream chequer board

Circa, 2 Acland Street, St Kilda
Cream Patisserie, Shop 3 380 Cavendish Road Corrparoo
Quay, Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, West Circular Quay
Vulcans, 33 Goverts Leap Road, Blackheath
Yellow, 57-59 Macleay Street, Potts Point
Best Cafes Gourmet Traveller April 2006

outstanding Genovese coffee, excellent locally roasted Rio blends, top baristas, pastries, tarts and great gelato, quality food, great service

Bambini Trust, 185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Cafe Racer, 15 a Marine Parade, St Kilda
Cibo, 218 Rundle Street, (corner Frome Street), Adelaide
Degraves, 23-25 Degraves Street, Melbourne
Gertrude Street Enoteca, 229 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
The Gun shop, 53 Mollison Street, West End
Journal, Shop 1, Level 1, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Ten Buck Alley, 1?185 Bourke Street, East Sydney
Vans, 1 Neapleon Street, Cottesloe, WA
Wall, 280 Carlisle Street, Balaclava, Vic
9583 8280?80 Campbell Street, Surry Hills