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Espresso escapes for Aussie coffee lovers and choccy cravers

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Barista Course Brisbane Cadbury Chocolate Cruise Hobart Hadleys Hobart

Need some sugar n spice in your life? Lost your zing? Get some black gold into you! No, not crude oil, but the re-energising elixirs that are coffee, tea and chocolate. Find out the secrets behind the perfect cuppa, indulge in quality chocolate and pick your pinkie up for high tea with these Aussie caffeine caper holidays and hotel hotspots.

Do you know the difference between Arabica and Robusta? Even if you’re not familiar with the types of coffee beans, you’ll enjoy learning all about how to make the perfect latte with a Barista Basics course in Brisbane. Over three hours, discover the elements that comprise a beautiful brew, you’ll even get a certificate. Cap off a cappuccino with more buzz at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane, where a Chocolate High Tea is available on weekends… yum!

Jolly good show! If you’re in the mood for some petticoat action, toddle off to a traditional high tea in Moorooduc, Victoria of the Mornington Peninsula. Sip on a glass of sparkling before tucking into the delicate finger sandwiches, rich cakes and freshly baked scones and choose your tea blend to match. If you’re hankering for a coffee the next morning, you’ll love the café at The Sebel Albert Park in Melbourne, with its range of espresso coffee gourmet teas and bakery items.

Scary fact. The average human eats 10,374 chocolate bars in their lifetime, so why not fill some of your quota with a visit to the Cadbury chocolate factory in Hobart as part of the Cadbury Cruise. You’ll get to try out samples as well as learn about how a sticky mess ends up in a pretty package. Take a bite of chocolate with a high tea in the suitably vintage Restaurant 1834 in the Grand Mercure Hadleys Hobart.

Just like wine, chocolate can be as rough as a watered down cask white, or as rich and smooth as an aged Grange Hermitage. Find out how to appreciate chocolate and its many varieties with a chocolate tasting evening in Sydney, including how to match chocolate and drinks, and how to use chocolate in cooking. Test your newfound knowledge of pralines, truffles and butter creams with a visit to Café Mix at the Shangri La Hotel, complete with a chocolate fountain and desserts — that you can even have for breakfast!

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