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Have you ever noticed that coffee tastes terrible straight after cleaning your teeth or drinking orange juice? According to research that's because coffee tastes best with foods that contain similar flavour tones. For example when my wife asks me if I want 'coffee and cake' for morning tea I instantly start salivating at the thought, this is because the sweetness in cakes matches the natural nutty, caramel and cocoa tones found in well roasted specialty coffees. The Italians cottoned on to this 'sweet food-coffee' concept with their wildy popular and exquisite pairing of ice cream and a shot of coffee,...

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The term 'Specialty Coffee' is fast becoming, if not already the hottest buzz word in the coffee industry, whether tasting the treasures found in Specialty coffee cafes in Marrackiville, Newtown, Surry Hills, Katoomba, inner city Melbourne and just about any other suburb in Australia's capital cities, you are sure to come across this term 'specialty coffee'. So that begs the question; what is specialty coffee. First of all to answer this we need to acknowledge a couple of the common misconceptions of what specialty coffee is. For instance just because coffee is 'fair trade' this does not mean it is...

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