A cappuccino worth the money you paid for it.

It sounds like a simple thing but how often do you walk away from a cafe thinking “now that was a cappuccino worth what I paid for”. I find only about 10% of the time I could say that was a really good coffee and in fact 5% of the time when I can say that coffee was spot on. So why is it so hard to get a really good cup of coffee. Quite simply, it is poor training.

I met a barista many years ago who worked at the Melbourne markets selling hundreds of coffees a day to a market where they know what a coffee should taste like. She stated how the coffee had to tampered to the right pressure, ground to the right consistency, and make allowances for the humidity, room temperature and more. Also the milk had to be very fresh and frothed to the right consistency I envied those living near her cafe.

Most people making your coffee are poorly trained and haven’t a clue on how to make a great cup of coffee. They make a basic coffee and frequently overheat the milk often to the point of burning it. Frequently it is bitter because they allowed the dregs because they ran the coffee filter too long.

How do I judge a good cappuccino? If I need to sweeten it they have made a poor cappuccino. I am a sweet tooth and used to sugar my coffee until one day I tried a very good coffee. Not bitter, temperature warm, not hot and milk frothed but not above the cup. Try your coffee without sugar and savour the taste. If its bitter, tastes milky, too hot or insipid start purchasing somewhere else and search for that truly great cappuccino experience..

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Daylesford in Victoria

I have been visiting Daylesford and Hepburn Springs for over two decades and have seen it change from a laid back alternative town to a trendy, thriving popular destination. There is still a little of the alternative lifestyle but it has been engulfed by popular spas, cafes, and shopping aimed at the Melbourne market.
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs connect seamlessly (although they would never admit it) with Daylesford having the main attractions including the lakes, shopping and dining while Hepburn Springs has the main spa centres. Both should be included on your visit.
Daylesford is so popular with Melburnians it is like an outer trendy suburb – especially being a little over an hours drive.. For those wanting to get out of the city but retain the dining and shopping they are used to Daylesford offers an unparalleled rural destination.
When you are visiting you should not you will be in the Central Highlands with Spa Country smack in the middle. You are now walking over 70% of Victoria’s mineral water so try some from a pump while you are there.
It is a beautiful location offering undulating hills with a background of the Wombat Park natural forest and has two Lakes, the Daylesford Lake and Lake Jubilee with both offering picnic facilities and paddleboats or canoes if you like being on the water. Due to the depth and cold waters they are unsuitable for swimming although many people do.
Attractions include the Convent Gallery, Lavandula and the Wombat Hill Park. Daylesford offers luxurious dining with views of the lake, specialty shops galore and accommodation from budget to luxury. It is a suitable destination all year round and a great spot for day tripping.

Geelong as a base for the Great Ocean Road

Unless you intend to stay at each beach resort town along the Great Ocean Road you will probably want to pick a location as a base to set off from. Consider Geelong as your base especially if you want all the advantages of a city lifestyle. Geelong has so many restaurants, cafes and venues you may get sidetracked from your daily coastal trips.
You should be able to visit both Torquay and Anglesea on the same day. Torquay is only a 25 minute drive from the CBD. It has plenty to see including its beaches,cafes and restaurants. Only 15 minutes further on is Anglesea which is smaller than Torquay but still has impressive beaches and dining.
On your next day take a drive to Lorne which is a little over an hour from Geelong. Many will include it on the journey with Torquay and Anglesea but Lorne is big and quite exciting so you should make an outing dedicated to this resort town.
If you want to include two locations then include Apollo Bay with Lorne. These are two larger coastal resort towns with some sophisticated shopping and dining with most facing out over the beach. It is around one and three quarter hours to get to Apollo Bay so this is probably as far as you will want to go in one trip.
If you want to go further then stay the night at Lorne or Apollo Bay. Another alternative is to drive to Warrnambool from Geelong inland which is only around a two hour drive. From Warrnambool (after you have explored its wonders), Port Fairy is only 15 minutes away and in the opposite direction Port Campbell is only 50 minutes away.
Enjoy your drive but enjoy your stays as well.