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What to get your coffee snob for Christmas

Last year you bought your coffee snob a voucher. But I know you. You’re better than that. You aspire to better things. So this year you want to get your coffee snob exactly the right gift. Something that shows you’ve been listening to the endless monologues about beans, grind, water and the tyranny of Starbucks. I’ve got you covered. I’m about to make you a hero. Here are some of the best gifts you can get for the coffee snob in your life: An online coffee course There are a few online courses available. My favorite one, and probably the most comprehensive, is this one on Skillshare, presented by Michael Phillips, Director of Training at Blue Bottle Coffee. Here’s a preview: Barista training One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself is take a week’s leave, fly to Cape Town and do the Origin Coffee Roasting barista training course. 3 days behind an espresso machine. Learning to pull the perfect shot. Burning my hands trying to froth milk like a champ. And the …

My Top 5 Travel Tips

I travel a bit. For Work (and pleasure, of course). And stay in hotels. I’ve been doing it for a while now. And have picked up a few tricks along the way to make my trips as comfortable as possible. I want to share some of those with you now. 1.  Don’t fly the airline, fly the loyalty program Do the research and find out which airlines belong to which loyalty programs. Then stay under that umbrella. I fly SAA whenever I can. SAA belongs to the Star Alliance program. So when I can’t fly SAA, I’ll fly with one of the partner airlines. For one simple reason: miles. Life is expensive. Might as well get something for free. I have enough air miles today for a great overseas holiday with the wife this year. 2.  Forget taxis, get a driver Truth be told, I think this makes most sense in Africa (where most of my travel is to these days). Reliable, safe, formal taxies are stupidly expensive. I’ve done the math and have saved …