Not only are we diametrically opposite our Antipodean cousins on the globe, but often in how we see the world. Words, banter and ribbings exchanged over cricket, rugby, warm flat beer or cold tinnies, all too wet versus far too hot. But when it comes to coffee, fair dinkum (as they say on the other side of the world) they beat us hands-down. While we languished in coffee-purgatory, Australians and New Zealanders created a coffee culture rooted in ruthless quality rather than convenience. Antipodeans just won’t buy crappy (or even average) coffee. It’s the best on the planet: they invented the Flat White, and the Long Black. They experiment with beans, blends, and temperatures; with baristas seen more like chefs than waiters.