Cafes and coffee shops receive awards for a variety of reasons, not all of which will be meaningful when making your coffee or dining choice. So how do you go about finding an award winning cafe to suit your tastes?
The basis of most coffee drinks is espresso. This is a dark, strong coffee brew made by forcing pressurised hot water through finely ground coffee. One of more 'shots' of espresso are then used to make up the desired coffee option; be that cappuccino, latte, macchiato, or something different.
A cafe used to be a small simple place, somewhere you might get a cup of tea or coffee and maybe a cake or sandwich. My, how things have changed. These days, there are as many types and styles of cafe as there are personal dining tastes. The modern cafe offers something for everyone.
The term Fair Trade seems to be more and more popular these days, but what does it really mean? How can you be sure that your good intentions - and the money you spend - are really helping the people who grow the coffee?