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The Weekend Series: be your own barista with these instant specialty coffee goodies
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The Weekend Series: be your own barista with these instant specialty coffee goodies

Don’t get it twisted – we’re never going to give up our barista-made coffee completely. The joy of sipping an expertly made cuppa is nearly unparalleled, but for convenience sake we’re open to the idea of getting a comparable caffeine hit at home or at work. Specialty coffee is expanding into the realm of instant brew – we're talking DIY brew kits, pods and sachets, which means we don’t need to spend energy grinding, brewing and pouring on our own whenever the energy levels dip. Here are some ingenious products that will bolster your coffee game considerably (and sustainably) – just don’t let the crew at your local coffee joint find out! more

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Push the button – Pod & Parcel delivers smart, delicious and eco-friendly coffee pods
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Push the button – Pod & Parcel delivers smart, delicious and eco-friendly coffee pods

If you’re a java junkie, you will no doubt be familiar with some of the struggles it entails. Having access to high-quality coffee is an expensive habit, not to mention the effort that it can sometimes take to track down a good brew. Like most coffee addicts you probably have access to a machine that takes pods, but we all know that even the better options o the market don’t really compare to a barista-made brew. Good news, folks – Pod & Parcel heard you and has come up with an incredible solution. more

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Colour pop – how blue nail polish is helping to combat a global epidemic
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Colour pop – how blue nail polish is helping to combat a global epidemic

Anyone who is fond of statement pieces or accessories knows that even the smallest details can start a conversation. Whether it’s a pair of earrings or some loud socks, sometimes the little things that make a look pop are the things that get people talking. The legends at the Polished Man movement have cottoned on to this notion and are harnessing the power of a point of difference to start a national conversation about violence against children – and the team at East 9th Brewing has jumped on board to spread the message. more

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Bittersweet sips – get a flight of bottled negroni delivered to your door
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Bittersweet sips – get a flight of bottled negroni delivered to your door

Can you imagine life without negronis? We'd rather not even try. If you too are an appreciator of this classic Italian aperitif, then hear this – you can now get a tasting flight of pre-bottled negronis from around Australia delivered to your door. That's six different negroni styles from various boutique bars and distilleries, all made by hand before being bottled (or tinned) and shipped for your sipping pleasure. more


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Say cheese to Brisbane’s new charming charcuterie delivery service
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Say cheese to Brisbane’s new charming charcuterie delivery service

If you’re anything like us, putting together the perfect charcuterie platter is a crucially important task. To do it right you need to source the best goods and that means that you might need to make a few stops around town. If you need to impress with a primo platter but don’t have the time to dash from shop to shop, we suggest reaching out to the team from Say Cheese, a handy service delivering cheese platters to the inner-city suburbs of Brisbane. more

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The colour of beer captured in a new brew by East 9th Brewing
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The colour of beer captured in a new brew by East 9th Brewing

If the craft beer world has taught us anything, it’s that beer comes in all tastes and colours. That being said, the kind of golden colouring that most ales possess is what we usually attribute to the beverage when we consider it. East 9th Brewing has taken the cheeky step of trademarking the colour of beer. Didn’t think it was possible? Well, think again buddy. The brewers have linked up with street-art outfitters Ironlak to capture the ideal colouring, then recreated it, canned it and distributed it for all beer lovers to enjoy. more

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Wish you were beer – Brewquets brings boozy gift bouquets to your door
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Wish you were beer – Brewquets brings boozy gift bouquets to your door

What gift do you buy for the person who has everything? Forget socks or vouchers – a beautiful bouquet of beer is where it’s at. This is not a drill – beer bouquets actually exist. Brewquets is the local Queensland business behind this hoppy gift idea, which sees Australian craft brews and treats lovingly packed in hessian drawstring totes and shipped to lucky people around the country. Sometimes, it’s good to let the beer do the talking. more

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Expand your knowledge and your liquor cabinet with a whisky subscription from Whisky Loot
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Expand your knowledge and your liquor cabinet with a whisky subscription from Whisky Loot

Whether you're a self-professed whiskey expert or just an eager social sipper that knows your single malts from your blends, the world of whisk(e)y is gathering more and more popularity. Lads and ladies alike have developed a keen appreciation for the fine spirit and while there is plenty of choice out there, it's always the hard-to-find bottles and drops from small-batch distillers that we're most keen to get our lips on. Here's the solution – a boutique whisky subscription service called Whisky Loot. more

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Beans to beers – Fonzie Abbott swaps to hops for its range of craft brews
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Beans to beers – Fonzie Abbott swaps to hops for its range of craft brews

When you think about it, the similarities between craft-beer brewers and coffee roasters is extensive – both endeavour to create the perfect depth of flavour, both love boutique ingredients and both have a bottomless well of enthusiasm and a desire to attain perfection. What happens when a coffee roaster tries its hand at brewing beer? Well, just ask the team at Fonzie Abbott. The popular caffeine merchant has just unveiled a range of craft beers for locals to lose their minds over. more

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Spice up your home cooking with a dash of Long Chim's own Aahaarn Sriracha
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Spice up your home cooking with a dash of Long Chim’s own Aahaarn Sriracha

When David Thompson first came across the beloved condiment sriracha, it was a life-changing experience. After that first blissful introduction, the sauce soon became the lifeblood of his thriving culinary empire. The exact intoxicating condiment that David fell in love with could only be obtained at one market in Si Racha, south of Bangkok, so David committed himself to making trips to stock up regularly. Now, David is giving us the chance to take his preferred brand home, unveiling Aaharn Sririacha, which is available at his Long Chim restaurants across Australia. more

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Ditch the roses – Sweety’s Treat Boxes are a gift worth giving
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Ditch the roses – Sweety’s Treat Boxes are a gift worth giving

At this time of year, we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to find the perfect gift. It’s not just the festive period we do this in, either. Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries – the opportunities for gift giving are nearly endless. One thing almost everyone can enjoy is a big ol’ box of doughnuts and assorted confectionary, which is why Sweety’s Treat Boxes is a big deal. This new doughnut delivery service has just launched in Brisbane, and is distributing a huge amount of tasty treats – even the covetable doughnut bouquets – just in time for Christmas. more

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Crude food – Shannon’s Kitchen adds a splash of silliness to home cooking
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Crude food – Shannon’s Kitchen adds a splash of silliness to home cooking

Gordon Ramsay, eat your heart out! Shannon Kelly White is a new breed of chef that isn’t afraid to keep it real and drop a few f-bombs in the kitchen every now and then. Hailed as ‘the Donna Hay of not giving a fuck’ and self-described as a dickhead, this incredibly popular food blogger has been taking the piss out of food fads for a while, and is now beating the bullshit with her new profanity-laden cookbook. Shannon’s Kitchen is about giving you recipes that are healthy and nutritious without the pretence. more

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Sip stylishly on some rosé from Romance Was Born and Handpicked Wines
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Sip stylishly on some rosé from Romance Was Born and Handpicked Wines

What do you get when you combine one of the Yarra Valley’s finest vineyards with one of the country’s most beloved fashion labels? A damn fine drop, that’s for sure. Handpicked Wines has linked up with Romance Was Born to collab on a fashionable glass filler for its spring and summer collection, drawing inspiration from the label’s latest range Electric Orchid. more

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Perk up your picnic with a gourmet charcuterie box from Gerard’s Bar
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Perk up your picnic with a gourmet charcuterie box from Gerard’s Bar

Putting together the perfect hamper is a not-so-secret joy of ours, but if we were to give up the sacred duty to another then the team at Gerard’s Bar would be our pick. When we heard that Gerard’s Bar had released some takeaway charcuterie boxes for us all to enjoy we practically collapsed in excitement. Want to impress your pals next time you gather for a picnic? These bad boys will do the trick. more

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Sip smartly with the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip
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Sip smartly with the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip

If you’re partaking in Sober October, volunteering to be the designated driver, are expecting a child, or you simply aren’t a drinker, there are plenty of valid reasons to not indulge on a night out. Short of a mocktail or soft drink, there’s not a whole lot on offer for non-drinkers these days, but one enterprising entrepreneur is looking to change the way we drink. Seedlip is a distilled non-alcoholic spirit that is earning popularity all over the globe as a sophisticated alternative to the sugary and sweet options available at most bars. more