• Friday , 24 October 2014

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Vietnamese egg coffee + recipe

Vietnamese egg coffee + recipe

You'll see a little sign next to a tiny alley way - just walk all the way down until you find the cafe. If it looks like you've just walked into a random persons front room, then you're at the right place." Those were the directions I'd received from a random Polish man I'd met on the bus, to one of Hanoi's most famous coffee shops, Café Giảng. This was my third time back to Hanoi, and I still hadn't tried its famous egg coffee (Cà Phê Trứng). My bus driver dropped me off, and pointed me in the direction. Somehow, even with the useful finger pointing , I still managed to get lost trying to find it.

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Why I gave up coffee in Korea

Why I gave up coffee in Korea

Six months ago, I was sitting on a large volcanic island within Lake Toba, sipping on exquisite Indonesian coffee, (and yes, that includes the famous "poop coffee" - kopi luwak). I drank coffee with every meal and at every opportunity that arose. I'd look forward to drinking it as I walked to my usual restaurant for breakfast, and I'd try to resist downing the whole thing before the food actually arrived.

Although not a large producer of coffee like Indonesia, coffee culture is booming in Korea, and that's apparent when you walk down any street. There are coffee shops, both independent and chains, absolutely everywhere. Supermarkets and convenient stores have aisles upon aisles of options, and the nation has become the fastest-growing market for arabica coffee in Asia - but I'm still not convinced.

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