Raise your cup of java to mark coffee day

"MAKING the perfect coffee is an art form and requires a lot more skill than most people would believe."

That is the opinion of barista Sarah Senius who has been perfecting her skills for several years.

Today she will be sharing her secrets as coffee connoisseurs around the world celebrate International Coffee Day.

"We extract our beans every two hours to ensure a rich and full taste," Ms Senius said.

"Our blend is 90% Arabica beans and 10% Robusta."

For a coffee novice, Arabica and Robusta may not mean much but to coffee lovers, they say everything.

"Arabica is mild and aromatic, whereas Robusta is more bitter-tasting but has 50% more caffeine," Ms Senius said.

"Robusta, to coffee lovers is worth its weight in gold."

Coffee consumption in Gladstone has increased rapidly in the past three years, with five new specialised outlets recently opening their doors.

But there is one element missing if Gladstone is to assert itself as a serious coffee mecca, with Tom Adeenen calling for a local roaster in town.

"It's such a pleasure being able to drink a freshly roasted coffee," he said.

"If one were to come to Gladstone it would put the rest out of business."

We're mad about coffee:

  • More than 12 million Australians drink coffee daily
  • More than two billion cups of coffee are served to Australians each year
  • A coffee made at a cafe provides double the amount of caffeine compared to instant coffee
  • Coffee is most commonly consumed outside of the household, while tea is predominately served at home
  • The average time taken to savour a coffee is 37 minutes
  • The most popular coffee is a cappuccino (29%) followed by a flat white (28%) and latte (20%)
  • 100 cups of coffee is a lethal dose
  • Regular coffee drinkers have a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • The amount of coffee produced around the world is close to six million metric tonnes
  • Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth

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