Know your coffee.
Malaysians these days like to drink "Gourmet" coffee...at franchised cafes...talking away on their hand phones and tapping away at their laptops, while sipping their favorite java. Wah, how classy ! - just like in Paris or New York ;)
Not important facts about coffee
Coffee can trace its history as early as the 9th century, from the highlands of Ethiopia. From Ethiopia, coffee spread to the Middle East and to rest of Africa, then to Italy (and Europe).
Although there are about 10 types of coffee species in the world, Arabica and Robusta are the most common coffee beans traded.
Arabica, however, represents about 75% of the world's coffee trade.
Arabica is a species of coffee indigenous to Ethiopia; it is hand picked by the natives.
Robusta is grown mainly in Africa, Brazil and Vietnam.
Arabica beans are considered superior to Robusta. Robustas are usually limited to lower grade coffee blends as a filler - usually used for instant coffee.
Important facts about coffee
Different coffee companies blend and "brand" its coffee differently, just to confuse people. It's more or less the same shit, with different names.
Anyway, coffee beans are relatively cheap as it is produced in 3rd world countries. Why then, you may ask, is coffee so expensive when you buy it in the shops ?
Why is regular petrol (RON 92 - RM1.88 sen per litre) still very much cheaper than a mug of the cheapest coffee ("coffee of the day") at Starbucks ?
A regular / medium mug (about 300 ml) of the cheapest coffee (coffee of the day) at Starbucks cost about RM8.
300 ml of petrol cost only about RM0.56 sen.
I can see you coffee drinkers are all sad already...
Now you know who is the super Star and who has the big Bucks. ;) - sorry, it ain't you.
Pointed out earlier, the coffee beans itself are cheap.
What special expertise does it take to make a cup of coffee ? A Rm4.50 per hour waiter (opps...Barista) ? Absolutely not.
No high technology or expertise required, at all, to make a cup of coffee. And yet, its.....RM ? per mug.
At least for petrol, there are high costs for exploration, extraction, research, scientists, chemists, engineers etc etc just to produce the final product. But it is still very much cheaper than....hehehe....coffee.
Ok, I wont make you people depressed anymore...
On the bright side, this is what all the exotic stuff you've been drinking mean:
view Coffee For Dummies
To cheer you up further, I've also included a fun quiz Do You Know Your Coffee ?
You won't win any prizes if you get all the answers correct, but its a great time waster and it is free ! :)
Comments please - "Gourmet" coffee and tea drinkers are especially invited to comment after you "cool down".