Where I work there is a giant commercial espresso machine; it has 4 brew heads and 2 steamers. I believe it operates on an auto-volumetric method, so it doesn't take *that* much skill to operate, however I'm finding it easy enough to screw up royally quite often. My tamping skills are slowly getting better. This speaks to the strange dedication New Zealand has to coffee. I'd be curious to know the per-capita coffee consumption, in particular espresso consumption. It's a strange surprise, but my sister gave me fair warning about it. A week in and I'm now most definitely addicted to coffee again.
|My barista skills leave something to be desired. No art .. yet.|
The cost of stuff is pretty interesting to someone who is used to buying things from companies with purchasing power (like Mountain Equipment Coop). As my ski bum from the bike shop put it, "to get things to the end of the earth costs a lot." I forgot my climbing shoes, and thank god that was the only thing I really forgot. Stuff is not *that* much more, but I'd say it's up to 150% of the price of an identical item back home for general sporting equipment. I tend to forget that in Canada, for example, tax (13%) is not included in the price, while it is here; it's also $1.00 NZD = ~$0.80 CAD, so I may be overestimating things slightly. However, it goes both ways - kiwi fruit and royal gala apples are reasonably priced. I assume lamb is too. Still, most imported goods are going to cost you, big time.
|$12.79 for 250ml of maple syrup. I didn't bother to check if it was actually from Canada.|