What is it about Melbournians and their obsession for coffee? If my research and general understanding succeeds me, I realise that people have been drinking all types of coffee for years now all over the world. With this knowledge in tact, I cannot for the life of me understand why people living in Melbourne seem to be under the impression that their coffee drinking abilities, their cafés and their ‘instagram flics of their latest brew’ are far more fascinating and important than all the cities in the world. Being a tall, strong, hot skinny caramel latte drinker myself I guess it is hard for me to judge the general population as I too have succumbed to this ‘coffee-drinking phenomenon’ however some tiny small inch of my being can still see the light… and the light is telling me… coffee is coffee! When did coffee become so complicated?
I guess in a city where we are continuously experiencing four seasons per day, where the possibility of ‘dressing for the weather’ or having a ‘good hair day’ is simply out of the question, the only thing left to a Melbournians control is the quality of their morning brew. And so they control just that. A Melbournian would never enter a café and ask simply for ‘just coffee’; in fact an intellectual barista would not even allow it. Melbournians are too busy ordering soy chai lattes with extra honey and cinnamon or white chocolate mocha Frappuccino’s with double whipped cream and an extra shot of espresso.
Is it the hustle and bustle of the city, the stress of our office jobs or the lack of functioning public transportation in Melbourne that makes coffee drinking so much more desirable than in other countries? I guess we will never really know. But what we do know is that since coffee took over our society, Melbournians will forever be judged for the cafes they frequent and for the type of coffee they drink. I guess we will never be able to pin point the exact moment where the prestige of becoming a barista outweighed that of a barrister… well at least not in todays rant anyways.