Why Australian Coffee is the Best on the Planet

Whether it is cappuccino or espresso, a morning energy booster or a part of a social occasion, everybody loves coffee. There are many different types of this delicious beverage, and there are many different ways of serving it. In time, coffee has become much more than a simple drink – it has become a culture we all share. However, not every culture is the same, and Australian coffee seems to stand out when it comes to its taste, quality, and even the appearance. Some would even say that it is the best coffee on the planet, and here are some of the reasons why that statement might just be true.

The human factor

The thing is, Australians have high criteria when it comes to their coffee. This was best seen in 2008, when Starbucks closed over 70% of their stores in Australia because, well, nobody was buying their coffee. This is because everybody knew at least a few independently owned cafés near Starbucks that sold better coffee and had much better customer service. Today, there are only around 20 Starbucks cafés in the whole country, which says a lot considering the popularity of Starbucks in the rest of the world. Australia is actually the only country in which their business couldn’t grow, and Aussies are completely fine with that.

The espresso

This type of coffee plays an important role in Australian coffee culture. During the 50s, when most of the world drank some type of filter coffee, Australians enjoyed quality espresso coffee made in some of the finest Italian cafés around the country. Sure, espresso might be smaller in size than the regular filter coffee, but it’s much better in taste. Nowadays, this espresso-based culture is so stable, there are numerous independently owned coffee shops serving some of the finest espresso-based drinks in the world. Plus, the fact that they are independently owned also means that every café looks different and offers a unique, personal, and memorable experience. In Australia, a café is not just a café – it’s a second home where you can relax, read, or just enjoy your meal and drink in peace.

However, Italians also prefer espresso, so what is it that sets apart the Land Down Under?

Creativity

Unlike Italian coffee that is mostly simple and traditional, Aussie coffee is everything but simple. They have used espresso as a base for the other types –  the flat white, long black, iced Vietnamese, Sweet Mexican, etc. Moreover, they aren’t afraid of experimenting with temperatures, blends, and beans. For example, there are many reliable coffee suppliers from Melbourne that offer unique blends ranging from organic for those who are more eco-conscious to strong for those who are looking for that kick only a good cup of coffee can provide. And next to all that, Australian cafés employ baristas who are more like chefs than waiters. They know so much about coffee, they are able to tell you the origins of your coffee, the variety, the time of the harvest, and much more.

Finally, creativity is also an important part of the visual presentation. In Australia, a café won’t last a month if its baristas don’t know how to make good latte art. And it’s not just about the appearance – it says a lot about the quality of the coffee as well. That’s because you can’t make any kind of latte art if the milk isn’t perfectly frothed; in other words, if it looks good, it definitely is good.

When you’re passionate about something, naturally, you’re more likely to be good at it. This is exactly what makes Australia the best place for quality coffee – they love everything about their coffee culture. They know how to recognise good quality, they appreciate great customer service, they know how to be unique and creative, and they are proud of having high coffee standards. So, if you ever want to experience the best coffee on the planet, visit the Land Down Under – it’ll be worth the trip.

DIY Brown Sugar Scrub

I absolutely hate paying top dollar for beauty treatments and often make my own at home for a fraction of the cost. There are plenty of items in your kitchen that can be used to make your own and it’s very nice to actually know what is in your products. This DIY Brown Sugar Scrub is great for using on your face, hands, heels and elbows… pretty much anywhere! It’s an all-in-one product that exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time. So head into the kitchen and let’s get ready to have a spa night!

5 ways to calm your wedding nerves

Your wedding day is the first day of the rest of your life, which can be scary to think about. Wedding nerves are extremely common among both brides and grooms – it’s supposed to be the best day of your life, so it’s perfectly normal to be feeling a little anxious on the big day. If you’ve found yourself feeling a little on edge on the lead up to your wedding, then our five tips to help you calm your wedding nerves are sure to help you.

Why Unresolved Sex Problems Will Ruin Your Marriage

Whether you’re married or not, the Honeymoon stage of a relationship doesn’t last forever. This is why underlying sex problems need to be resolved sooner rather than later. So they don’t ruin your marriage.

Sex problems including erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and being unable to achieve orgasm generally don’t go away by themselves. Unresolved sex problems can be a source of ongoing anxiety and stress and may result in ruining your marriage. If you’re not yet married they will create instability, doubt and insecurities about the future direction of the relationship!

While most experts will tell you that medical issues are the cause of these sexual “malfunctions” most of the time it is simply a misdirection of one’s attention. This causes the brain to become confused as to what the person actually wants. While most people think that sex “just happens” in reality our brain requires a sequential combination of “messages” which then triggers blood flow, hormonal responses and the relevant muscle programs.

When the wrong messages are given to the brain then the brain cannot respond with the wanted program and the resulting chaos (known as sexual dysfunctions) occurs. These problems can be caused by mental, emotional or physical distractions or any other mental contamination. The resulting disappointment causes anxiety and mental duress to all concerned!

Imagining the Worst Scenarios

It’s interesting to note that we’re not taught a complete start to end procedure for sex (for either gender) and therefore we don’t understand the order in which the sexual programs must work. Because of this lack of relevant knowledge we often come to the conclusion that these sex problems are happening for an entirely different reason. Many men and women imagine that they are in some way deficient as a human being and therefore incapable of being able to enjoy normal sex. For others, it’s a torturous turmoil of imagined realities as they try to figure out the reason behind their partner’s sexual dysfunction.

It’s common for men to lose erection hardness during foreplay. This usually happens when he is putting too much of his attention on his partner’s fulfillment. However, from her uninformed perspective she imagines he is no longer attracted to her, doesn’t love her – or worse, is having an affair!

Many relationships are affected and then fail due to imagined scenarios which just aren’t true. This is caused in part by resisting the related emotional responses which then contribute to increasing resentment, tension, anxiety and fear caused by an ongoing cycle of unwanted thoughts.

Emotional and Sexual Withdrawal

When we don’t know how to cope with an unwanted sexual dysfunction we have a tendency to withdraw emotionally as we try to figure it out. Many men will watch porn instead of having sex with their partner because they’re afraid of failing. A woman who is constantly unable to achieve orgasm can lose her desire for sex as she struggles to not judge herself as being sexually deficient.

A woman will frequently refrain from initiating sex so she doesn’t put pressure on her partner, whereas in reality, her apparent lack of interest increases his burden and performance anxiety. All of these problems result in declining libidos when sex appears to be too difficult and emotionally taxing for either or both partners.

In Summary

If you or your spouse or fiancee are suffering from sex problems it’s better to take action sooner rather than later so it doesn’t ruin your marriage. Regardless of whether they occur intermittently or are an ongoing source of anxiety and stress, please understand that the real deficiency is a lack of relevant knowledge of correct sexual technique. This can be easily learned and the related problems immediately solved. With this advanced knowledge, you will be able to transform an ailing sex life into a mutually fulfilling sex life where both partners are able to feel relaxed, happy, confident and connected. This will set your marriage up for life.

8 Mistakes that Can Sabotage a Relationship

Nobody’s the perfect partner all the time, and all relationships go through rocky patches. However, certain mistakes we make can have dire consequences. If you want your long-term relationship to remain happy and fulfilling, avoid these eight common pitfalls.

  1. Not discussing relationship rules

Many couples make a commitment thinking that everything will just work out. But major disagreements or misunderstandings can develop if you don’t agree on certain ‘rules’ from the start. For example, what constitutes ‘cheating’? Is it okay for your partner to have virtual sex in a chat room or with someone’s avatar in an online game? Finances are another area where lack of initial discussion can lead to big arguments. Does your partner need to talk to you first before buying certain things or spending money over a certain amount? If there are behaviors you just won’t tolerate within a relationship, make sure your other-half understands and agrees. On top of that you need to feel open enough to talk about the things you like does your partner have any of these common fetishes? Would you know if they did? These are the sort of things you need to know about the person you love if you expect to have a long and lasting relationship.

  1. Attempting to change your partner

Everyone wants to feel loved and accepted for who they are, not who someone else would like them to be. People also need to feel free to make decisions about their own lives. This is why attempting to change your partner’s opinions, habits or lifestyle will only result in exasperation and resentment. Nagger, badgering or manipulating your partner is unlikely to change them, but it will certainly cause friction within the relationship. That doesn’t mean you can’t discuss your concerns with your partner and try to persuade them to change something, just accept that, ultimately, it’s their life and their choice.

  1. Complaining about your partner

If something your partner does is getting on your nerves, you may feel the urge to complain about them to a friend or relative. It’s might seem easier to vent your frustration to a sympathetic ear than to confront your partner about what’s bothering you. This tactic is counterproductive. If you don’t discuss the problem with your other-half, you’re not giving them a chance to resolve it. They might not even be aware of what’s bothering you. Moreover, if your partner hears about the complaint through a third party, they will feel betrayed. Then, when you do discuss the issue, they’ll be more reluctant to see things from your perspective.

  1. Decreasing physical contact

When a couple first falls in love, they usually can’t keep their hands off each other. Once they settle down together, passionate displays of affection tend to become less frequent. However, if you become so physically distant that you only touch your partner during sex, both of you are likely to grow emotionally distant as well. During close physical contact, the pituitary gland releases the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin which plays an important role in human pair-bonding. Oxytocin helps two people establish a sense of intimacy and attachment. Regular cuddles keep couples together.

  1. Breaking your word

Within any relationship, partners need to feel they can count on each other. If your other-half asks you to do something and you agree to do it, it’s essential that you follow through. It could be something trivial like taking out the trash or something important like paying an overdue bill. If you make a habit of disappointing your partner or leaving them to pick up the pieces, the relationship will soon be in jeopardy. If, with the best intentions, you aren’t able to follow through on a promise due to unforeseen circumstances, apologize and explain.

  1. Holding Grudges

If your partner says or does something that makes you feel angry, insulted or hurt, it’s vital that you deal with the issue and then let it go. Reacting in passive-aggressive ways such as not speaking to your partner or maintaining your distance will not make the situation any better. The longer behavior such as this continues, the more likely you are to drive your partner away. If your other-half forgets your birthday, you may take it as a sign that they don’t care about you. Instead of punishing them by pretending that you don’t care either, let them know how upset you are. Then give them a chance to make it up to you.

  1. Getting stuck in a boring rut

It’s easy for committed couples to slip into a comfortable routine. But if you rarely share new experiences, you or your partner may be tempted to seek stimulation elsewhere. Several studies have shown that couples who do exciting things together feel more satisfaction in their relationship. Doing unfamiliar or challenging activities with your partner will help you to see each other afresh, appreciate each other more and feel like a team. Travel to somewhere off the beaten path, learn ballroom dancing, go abseiling or just try a strange foreign cuisine.

  1. Having unrealistic expectations

If you expect your relationship to be perfect or your partner to be the man or woman of your dreams, you are in for a big disappointment. Don’t expect intense, crazy romantic love to last forever. Over time, it evolves into a calmer sort of intimacy.

Don’t expect your partner to always understand you or be able to see things from your point of view. No two people are exactly alike, and no one can read your mind. Don’t expect your partner to save you from all your personal problems. The best they can do is to offer their support. Finally, don’t assume that a good relationship is one without conflict. It’s how you resolve disputes that matters.