Coffee culture

Yesterday I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, especially since moving to Australia.

I learned how to make coffee.

Not just instant, filtered or drip coffee you can get in a diner or fast food joint. I learned how to make proper espresso.


I took a course at Merlo Coffee in Fortitude Valley where I learned about the different blends they use, their roasting techniques, what grinds work best with their Wega machines and how to extract the perfect shot of espresso.

I tested my milk frothing skills, making a piccolo, flat white, latte, cappuccino and we even sampled ristrettos (half the extraction of a normal shot of espresso), long and short blacks.

While I am not a pro yet, it was great to get an insight on Australia’s coffee culture and the inspiration behind the company that a lawyer started years ago, to address the dilemma of finding a good cup in Queensland.

I can’t wait to apply my new barista skills and espresso knowledge overseas!

Published by Amy Maureen Lynch

Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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