New Zealand has the best coffee

Bear with me as I go on my coffee rant….

As mentioned before, I was working in a local cafe for several months before leaving Auckland for university (college as the Americans call it). It was a great work experience and my boss provided me with barista training. By the time I left my job, I could make a decent (ranging from averagely decent to good decent) cup of coffee from grinding the beans to extracting the espresso to steaming the milk to pouring the milk. You name it, a cappuchino, latte, flat white, long black, moccachino or hot chocolate. It took me a while to overcome the bitter espresso and the burnt milk but eventually I was happy to have picked up a new skill; although if you were to ask me to make one now, I wouldn’t have high expectations…

While I was overseas, I came to the realisation that coffee in New Zealand is truly of a gold standard. For example, I was shocked at the numerous times where I was served coffee with bubbly milk that was far from the velvety texture it should have been. There were also lattes filled with way too much foam. I would never have dared to serve customers some of the coffees that I was served. Keep in mind I am absolutely not, a coffee snob.  I don’t know a whole lot about the art of coffee making and coffee flavour. But at the risk of sounding like a pretentious customer whining about absurd experiences, I am disappointed by the overall standard of coffees overseas.

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Finding a good cup of coffee is a mission and the filter coffee served at my school cafeteria is very questionable. There are also several differences between coffee culture here and in the states. 90% of the time, cafés serve their coffees in takeout cups regardless of whether I was staying in or taking out. Also, I soon realised after my first few visits to the local coffee shops around my school that often just ‘coffee’ refers to filter coffee and self-serve milk over the counter as opposed to coffee made from the espresso machine with steamed milk. Another thing is that a flat white is almost an unheard of thing in the states. In February this year, I was in New York over the weekend and noticed signs with phrases along the lines of ‘try our new flat white!’ in several coffee shops. Given that flat whites have been around in New Zealand for many many years it was surprising to find that it is only being introduced in America recently.

Since coming back home for a month in my summer break, it sure is great finally drinking a tasty latte. My solitary café visits are reignited!

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Movie Bucket List

I am a self- professed movie junkie. Although, I seem to know about many films but I haven’t actually watched many.

 

Around the end of 2013, I created a movies bucket list as the end of a hectic and stressful year coming to a close meant I could finally binge into the realm of film.  

 

  1. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
  2. Lost in translation ✔
  3. Into the wild
  4. Liberal arts ✔
  5. Somewhere
  6. Little miss sunshine
  7. Ginger and Rosa ✔
  8. Inception
  9. The butterfly effect
  10. The fight club
  11. The breakfast club
  12. Sixteen candles
  13. Fireproof
  14. Letters to God
  15. Facing the giants
  16. It’s kind of a funny story
  17. Ruby sparks
  18. A beautiful mind
  19. The help  ✔
  20. Extremely loud and incredibly close
  21. Intouchables   ✔
  22. Amelie   ✔
  23. Pursuit of happiness
  24. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  25. American beauty ✔
  26. Keith
  27. It’s a wonderful life
  28. Finding Mr Right
  29. Godfather
  30. V for vendetta
  31. Romeo and Juliet (Baz lurhman)
  32. Moulin Rouge
  33. The Pianist
  34. The art of getting by   ✔
  35. Midnight in Paris
  36. Love and other Drugs   ✔
  37. Silver Linings Playbook ✔
  38. Kings Speech  ✔
  39. Les Miserables
  40. Emma ✔
  41. An Education ✔
  42. New York, I love You
  43. Atonement
  44. Iron Man 1,2,3
  45. Spider man  ✔
  46. Nick and Norah’s infinite playlist
  47. Life is Beautiful
  48. Casablanca
  49. The illusionist
  50. Blood diamond
  51. Silence of the lambs
  52. Crazy/beautiful
  53. Stuck in love  ✔
  54. Casanova
  55. Short Term 12

 

As you can see I still have a long way to go before I even get close to checking everything off.

 

Currently watching: Midnight in Paris

Next up: (Most likely) Finding Mr Right. After seeing Tang Wei in Late Autumn (which is now one of my favourite movies of all time!) with Hyun Bin (K drama fans should appreciate this) I wanted to watch some of Wei’s other works.

 

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the movies I’ve watched so far on my list but here are some gems I’d like to highlight. Note: In brackets I’ve included words that come to mind associated with each film)

 

-Lost in Translation (indie, artsy vibes, drama, culture differences, isolation, friendship)

-Ginger and Rosa (friendship, drama, history, cold war, coming of age)

-Intouchables (drama, comedy, inspirational, French, class differences)

-American beauty (drama, satire, love, conformity, identity, materialism)