Challenging Coffee

Challenging Coffee

I’m all for trying new flavours, but sometimes things turn out so badly it quite puts me off for a while.

Take the lemon coffee here – which appeared as a ‘special’ on the blackboard at my current favourite brunch hangout. Iced lemon tea, or variations thereof, is very big in Singapore, so clearly this was an attempt to expand the idea into the coffee drinkers market.

But oh dear, the marriage of coffee and lemon juice was so awful I could not manage more than a token couple of sips.

Which is why a few days later I was prepared to do no more than take a photo of this durian coffee. Durian, of course, is one of those peculiarly Asian things that very few Westerners can tolerate. Sometimes even the smell as you go past a durian stall is enough to make tourists gag, not to mention the acrid taste and the decidedly unpleasant sensation involved in sucking the slimy flesh from the seeds. I do keep trying, but I will never be a fan.

But for anyone who is willing to sample this ‘rich concoction of creamy coffee with a noticeable durian dimension’ it is available not only at smarter supermarkets, but also at Changi airport.


Tropical Condoms

I do love a good look round the shops whenever we are on our travels. Not for the silly souvenirs aimed at passing tourists, but to see what the locals are buying and eating. As daughters #1 and #2 could tell you, parcels from the latest Julietours are more likely to contain bizarre snacks and beauty products than knickknacks for their shelves.

These condoms, for example, really made me laugh.

The Fiesta brand is actually based in the USA, but these banana and durian flavoured condoms are made for the Asian market and surely deserve full marks for entertainment value. I found them in Indonesia, and am still waiting for my testers to stop giggling and give me a sensible product review.

The pineapple and goya condoms turned up in Okinawa, where both these items are grown locally. There’s no flavour involved here, but instead the construction echoes the skin of the fruit or vegetable. The pineapple version, for example, has tiny bumps, whilst the goya is ribbed very like the actual vegetable, which is a speciality of these southernmost Japanese islands.

It’s a clever notion, and the packaging is funny, too. I wish I’d bought more!


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