New Zealand has the two prerequisites for civilisation I was once told (by a New Zealander) : good coffee and excellent wines.
The necessary terminology for ordering a cup of coffee in New Zealand is however, slightly different. In addition to the normal cappuccinos, lattes and espresso New Zealand has a ‘Flat White’ and a ‘Long Black’. The Flat White is a cappuccino without all the froth and chocolate topping and a ‘Long Black’ is an espresso with hot water added. These might not be the official definitions, they are mine and I am happy for any of our readers to correct me or add to the New Zealand coffee barista’s repertoire for me.
In the picture above Val can be seen with a ‘Flat White’ and a Jaffa. Coffees are often served with a Jaffa here in NZ. What is a Jaffa? I hear my English friends asking. It’s a round chocolate confectionary with an orange candy coating. It is made by Cadburys and sold in packets, much like ‘smarties’ but all of orange and shaped as a ball. Do I have to explain what ‘smarties’ are for the New Zealand readers?
I should also mention that ‘Jafa’ – spelt with one ‘f’ is a derogatory term for someone from Auckland.