The Caribbean is known for its crystalline blue water, white sand beaches, and cultural dishes. Did you know, however, there are some hidden gems to obtain a fantastic coffee? In a recent visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands (British West Indies) which dances at the right-hand outer edge of the Caribbean island family – we discovered some amazing little spots around Providenciales (also known as Provo – the main island) to sip on a delicious (iced) cup of coffee. We wanted to share with our readers in the case they can let us know if they too have had the pleasure of trying them out. If not, consider it a great guide on where to go for a caffeinated treat. Caribbean coffee, here we come!
“I’d like my coffee with Pantone, cream and sugar, please.”
It is no secret we love coffee. (That’s a good thing for you guys). It’s also no secret that the majority of the population relies on coffee to get their day going. Mom needs it to commandeer the car full of kids on the way to school. Dad needs it to muster the energy for that outdoor deck project. Teachers, Construction Workers, Lawyers, Artists and Fashion Models all drink it.
Speaking of models, recently it came to our knowledge that the fashion world relies on coffee as well. Not as a drink, but as a muse. According to Sprudge, there are 14 Pantone colors that have coffee or coffee-related names, like “Turkish Coffee”, “Mocha Mousse” or “Coffee Liqueúr.” These colors have graced the runways, laying the yucky “brown” stigma to rest. Some of these colors match beautifully with other Pantone choices, so we thought we’d feature some looks!
We are excited to work with Kuxtal Coffee (they are the cold brew we serve) and we wanted to feature them on the Cupa Cabana blog because they are an awesome company who cares about their workers, the environment, and overall run a great business.
Learn a little about them from this short video.
We are all about quality, and these guys know how to bring it.
So – why cold brew coffee? Well, the brewing process isn’t about heat – it’s about time. It also minimizes the unfavorable bitter oils and fatty acids – leaving a smoother tasting cup of coffee with less bite.
Visit their site: Kuxtal Coffee
Australia. The land of kangaroos, vegemite, and the Great Barrier Reef. Well, don’t forget the coffee. Interestingly enough, the Australian take on coffee is much different from that in the USA. While we Americans usually find ourselves on an early morning, weary-eyed hunt for a cup of coffee to fuel our day, Australia coffee culture consists of a much more laid back approach.
Australian Coffee Culture is all about Sharing
Most coffee shops in NYC are filled with patrons, Wi-Fi engaged and focused on their computer screens. Gone are the days of sitting with a friend or even a stranger – and discussing life’s complexities over a cup of coffee. It seems that we lean on coffee as a necessity, a way to survive our day. On the other hand, Australians have embraced the coffee shop culture, and the patrons it is meant to attract. It is not uncommon for surfers to include coffee as part of their surfing lifestyle – a cafe on the coast is an excellent way to put some pep in their paddle.
Australia Coffee Culture has Italian Roots
Post WWII, a large amount of Europeans moved to Australia to rebuild a new life. They brought their customs and cultural aspects to the coastal towns (where most of Australia’s population is located) – which included food and drink. Italian’s introduced Australia to espresso, and years later when Australia hosted the Olympics – the country saw a boom of activity in their business, including the Australian cafes. This surge of activity and increase in the cities’ population was fueled by the cafe culture – where people would meet to discuss new business and happenings in their booming city.
So is there a special coffee or espresso drink in Australia? Yes! A Flat White. A little interesting information about it?
In Part 2 of the Indian Wedding feature, we take a closer look at the bride (and groom’s) traditional wedding wear. We’ll also continue to look at some of the traditions, as well as the meaning of natural components that are selected for presentation at the marriage ceremony.
Bride and Groom Outfits
Indian Bridal gowns are some of the most beautiful and detailed garments you’ll ever have a chance to see. In Indian and Hindu culture, white symbolizes life’s passing – therefore, traditionally there are no white gowns. This is more of a Western bridal tradition. In India, red is the most popular color as it symbolizes love, strength, and success. The bride will opt to wear a saree or a lehenga (a type of dress) and will be decked out with large amounts of gold jewelry and gems. Her bridal party will also wear bright colors, likely not as bright as to not outshine the bride.
Thr groom will tend to wear a few key components in his outfit. The Sherwani, long-sleeved, dress-like top traditional to the Hindu groom. It’s worn with a pair of skinny pants and typically comes in pale gold, maroon, or brown, but other colors are seen as well, including red. In his safa (wedding turban) the groom will wear a sarpech – which is a peacock feather or something that closely resembles one, and is often adorned with jewels as well.
Indian Wedding Service
At the wedding service, the parents and close relatives of the couple participate. Mantras from the Vedas are chanted, originally written in Sanskrit – with the presence of the below natural elements:
- Fresh flowers – signifies beauty.
- Coconut – signifies fertility.
- Grains (rice) – signifies food necessary for the sustenance of life.
- Ghee (purified butter) – or purified butter – for the sacred fire.
- Vermillion – red powder used for marking the forehead to signify good luck and represents the Third Eye (wisdom).
The wedding ceremony takes place under a mandap, which is an ornate altar-like structure, covered over with beautiful fabrics and flowers. It is an ancient custom to be married under the mandap and is described in Sanskrit texts.
After the ceremony, a final reception will be held to celebrate the bride and groom’s new life and commitment to one another. Feasting, drinking, dancing, and mingling will go into the early hours of the morning. It is a fitting finale to such a colorful and ritual-filled marriage party.
Don’t be afraid to boast bright colors, gold jewelry and put on your best for an Indian Wedding celebration. Everyone makes sure to look their sparkling best, so have fun and be ready to eat incredible food, and dance the night away!