Ethiopia, Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia…

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM

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The irrepressible and irascible Travelling GourmetTM goes to Roosevelt to taste…

MARVELLOUS Coffee! The Barista of Roosevelt, friendly and enthusiastic Rudel from the Philippines prepared four types of Coffee for me to taste. They were selected Coffee beans from Ethiopia in Africa (the home of Coffee), and from South America..Guatemala, Colombia and Brazil. They had been produced by the “Wash”method.

First we smelled the selected beans…Ethiopia had nice fruity notes of sour cherries while Guatemala had pleasing nuances of dark chocolate. Colombia and Brazil were more subdued with woody and earthy notes.

Then we smelled the ground Coffee beans by putting our noses as close as possible to the Coffee…but not in the Coffee, Ha! Ha!

Next Rudel poured boiling hot water into the cups and we let the bubbly Crust form…




The next step was to use a spoon to ‘break the crust’ and then…to smell the back of the spoon to try and discover as many different aromas as possible.

Finally, we tasted the black Coffee, with no sugar added, by slurping the liquid into our mouths thus getting it all over our taste buds so as to try to identify all the different flavours. Very different from the Kopi Tiam coffees made with Indonesian Robusta Coffee beans with their smoky burnt flavour. These gourmet Coffees have a typical sour acidity from the Arabica Coffee beans and a lovely body with flavours of chocolate, dark berry fruit and earthy nuances. The process of tasting Coffee is called “Cupping” and is used by Coffee buyers and producers to determine the quality of the Coffee.

There is nothing quite like a nice hot cup of “Java”…except perhaps dipping a warm all butter Croissant into the Coffee before eating it!

I like my coffee hot with a Croissant…and my women smart…with brains and beauty.



At this link is one of my favourite songs…it is called “Brazil!” They have very good coffee there…


Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar

331 New Bridge Road, #01-02

Singapore 088764

Tel: 6538 3518


About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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