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December 02, 2016

How to make a perfect coffee using a cafetiere

Making the perfect Cafetiere won’t happen the first time you try but in this instance practice really does make perfect.

So bear with the average tasting Coffees until you nail this life-affirming skill!


  1. First up you really do need great tools to make a great Coffee, so choose some great coffee beans and have them ground to right consistency for your chosen Coffee.
  2. Second, warm your Cafetiere. Remember they are usually made from glass so putting boiling water in or on it could cause it to crack. But you can fill it up with hot water and let it heat the glass up (Don’t forget to empty the water before the Coffee making extravaganza).
  3. Quality coffees will have been carefully roasted to bring out the flavours and characteristics unique to that blend if you don’t use the right amount of Coffee for the amount of water you won’t get the best the Coffee has to offer. Most commonly aiming for 7g of ground coffee per ‘cup’ is a great rule of thumb. This means for an 8-cup cafetiere (which is most common) you’d need to use 56g and always fill your cafetiere to capacity.
  4. Boil the kettle and then let it stand for a minute or so. If you want to go all out use bottled or at least filtered water, seems drastic but makes a difference!
  5. Pre Infuse your grounds by adding a small amount of water initially, stirring thoroughly and making sure the grounds have all absorbed some water.
  6. Add the remaining water to the capacity of your Cafetiere, stir a few times again ensuring all grounds are wet. Leave it to brew for a few minutes depending on the blend and then plunge and pour immediately.
  7. The last point is really important, pour the Coffee immediately to prevent over brewing.

There you go, that’s your step by step guide to a perfect Cafetiere Coffee.

November 25, 2016

How To Choose A Great Coffee

Choosing a great Coffee is not easy even when you know a little bit about it. Being faced with row after row of similar looking labels covered with marketing jargon can be intimidating at the best of times. So how do you choose a great Coffee when all you have to go on is a label?


Here are a few top tips:

  1. Always go for whole beans

I know not everyone has a grinder at home but you can ask the store or local barista to grind them for you. Coffee that is roasted and ground right away loses a fair amount of it taste and flavor. Manufacturers selling ground Coffee shows right away a lack of understanding of what it takes to make a really great Coffee, so you can skip the bags of pre ground Coffees!


  1. Roast Date

At absolute most roasted beans kept sealed and out of sunlight will last 4-6 months (although why you would keep great Coffee for that long is lost on me). So pay attention to the roasting date and use that as a purchase guideline.

If the bag doesn’t have a roasting date be even more concerned… back away slowly!


  1. Cupping Notes

When Coffee beans are roasted, they have a taster that writes a commentary about how the Coffee tastes and any individual elements. That process is called cupping and the person that carries it out is known as a cuppa.

So the cupping notes should be made when the Coffee is at it’s absolute best, if they can’t get excited about it then, by the time you get to taste it, it will only have gone downhill. If they have no cupping notes at all, they couldn’t be bothered to pay someone to taste their Coffee and write about it!


  1. Details about the farm

If you get seriously into your Coffee you will probably discover that you have a preference for a particular region but right now that’s not the point. You are looking on the packet for information about the particular region, farm or how it was sourced. The answer is almost irrelevant unless you are a Coffee aficionado, however the fact that the manufacturer has taken the time and care to include the information suggests the take care and attention over the sourcing of the produce.


  1. 100% Coffee

If a bag of Coffee beans feels the need to tell you it contains 100% Coffee as some kind of marketing play, drop it and walk away. 100% Coffee is pretty much a minimum requirement and not something to brag about!

November 18, 2016

How To Drink Espresso

Espresso is quite simply one of the coolest drinks in existence. If you can drink Espresso the way it is meant to be enjoyed you can go from being high school nerd to looking like the suavest person in town in under 30 seconds.

That’s the great news.

The bad news is that unless you happen to be born in some of the coolest places in Europe or were blessed to be surrounded with a Coffee culture then it is entirely possible to look like a chump and not the star of the next James Bond movie like you were hoping!

Now the good news, this is how you can drink Espresso like a rockstar in a few simple steps:


  1. Order an Espresso

Seems like an obvious first step but commonly people are afraid or intimidated to order an Espresso, but now’s the time so bite the bullet and order the drink! Remember that an Espresso is like a magnifying glass on Coffee, the process that it goes through accentuates and emphasises the flavours and blends. If initially the taste appears overwhelming bear with it and give it time, you will grow to love a truly special Coffee.

The Barista may ask if you would like a double or a single, when they do.. Make it a double!


  1. Sparkling Water

You should be offered a sparkling water while your Espresso is being created. This water acts as a palette cleanser, you are paying a lot for this one onze you want to be sure you can taste and enjoy it thoroughly.


  1. Smell the Espresso

Scent is a huge part of taste so using your fingertips to hold the handle raise the cup to your nose and inhale the scent.


  1. Consider the Crema

The light brown Crema layer is the most bitter part of the Coffee. There are a few approaches you can take to this part of the drink.

  1. Stir in the Crema ~ it will make the rest of the Espresso more bitter but will prevent you having a single bitter gulp.
  2. Sip the Crema ~ Some like to sip the Crema as they start out giving a bitter initial taste.
  3. Discard the Crema ~ This is of course sacrilege to Espresso traditionalists however beginners might choose to scrape the Crema off the top and discard it. It usually results in a sweeter, lighter and more evenly textured drink.
  1. Gulp or Sip

When it comes to actually enjoying the coffee there are again a couple of options.

Some say the flavour starts to change within 30 seconds of the Coffee being poured and so it should be enjoyed in one gulp.

There is a second camp that say Espresso should be enjoyed by way of a number of small sips. Because of the texture of the Coffee each sip coats your mouth and throat effectively changing the taste of each sip. Traditionalists often choose to sip water between each mouthful to refresh the palate and taste each sip anew.

So there you go. That’s how to drink Espresso like an Italian!

November 11, 2016

Awesome Coffee Lovers Gifts

Coffee lovers like their drinks are unique, complex and varied but always worth the effort it takes to find a good one! While they make the best friends or partners, they are a usually a nightmare to buy presents for..

So here’s the good news, we’ve done the hard work for you! These are some of the best presents out there for all your Coffee lovin’ homies..

  • 1) Coffee Sack Journal
  • With all that Caffeine surging through your veins, it’s impossible to remember what day it is never mind the many, many, many jobs on your to do list.

    Now all your thoughts and lists can be kept in this stylish Coffee sack and quality canvas journal notebook and cover. Filled with a plain paper recycled notebook, which is easily replaceable this is the answer to your note taking needs.


    2) Cafés do Brasil Laptop bag

    Does your laptop travel with you? Sick of carrying a laptop bag that trashes your outfit? Then these bad boys are what you are looking for.

    The two sided design lets you effortlessly switch from  city chic to funky after works drinks without so much as skipping a beat.

    A cotton shoulder strap with leather padding. A separate padded section will keep any laptop up to 15.6” safe and comfy.

    Detailed stitching ensures class is written all over this sexy piece and you can decide whether you want to match the smooth latte side or the Cafés do Brasil to your outfit choice of the day.


    3) Cafés Dos Brasil Women’s Handbag

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re flying somewhere warm and sunny and need a sophisticated tote to travel with or you’re woman around town, lugging a laptop, notebooks and of course snacks, this bag will complete your outfit and I would even be so bold as to say, your life! 100% Italian leather forms the lower half of this bag making it hard wearing, flexible and quite simply stunning especially in conjunction with the authentic and original upcycled Coffee sack.

    The interior is lined with a thick foam and then covered with a blue and white striped canvas quality cover to protect your goodies. A secure interior pocket for phone, keys and purse along with a large, easily accessible compartment complete this work of art. A must for all women on the go.


    4) Leather and Coffee Sack Ipad Air Sleeve

    These bad boys really do ooze style. Lined with the softest faux suede and supported by a firm padding your Ipad air slides into this sleeve with all the elegance of a supermodel sliding into a silk dress, it’s effortless and awesome.

    The superior quality 100% real Italian leather is stitched with meticulous detail into the coffee sack to provide a stunning solution for you to carry your Ipad while keeping it accessible, protected and stylish.

    What’s the point of having a super cool Ipad and then covering it with an ugly lump of plastic huh?! Good news, problem solved!


    5) 100% Real Italian leather Phone case

    Designed to snugly fit Iphone 4 / 5 (all variations) and similar sized phones this is super cool.

    Lined with the smoothest of smooth faux suede linings, and made out of 100% real Italian leather.

    The chocolate matte brown leather looks good enough to eat and hand stitched to a unique coffee sack makes for a slick addition to your outfit. This isn’t just a practical phone holder this really does become an extension of everything you stand for and your style!


    November 04, 2016

    Five Most Expensive Coffees In The World

    Believe it or not there are some Coffee beans that pound for pound are up there with the most expensive products on earth.

    Here are just a few:


    1. Black Ivory Coffee from Northern Thailand = up to $500 Lb

    The ‘curation’ of this coffee is an acquired taste for sure, and might not be everyone’s cuppa but there is no getting away from the fact that this is one of the most expensive Coffee’s we’ve come across.

    Made by feeding Arabica Coffee cherries to Elephants, the extra aromas and flavours are caused when the beans pass through the Elephants’ digestive system as the proteins are broken down. Without this process the Coffee is far more bitter and less aromatic. The creative manner of making this Coffee is what causes the exceptional price especially when combined with the fact that not many of the coffee cherries survive or can be found after being digested. Whether they are lost upon excretion, chewed up or break down too much during digestion is unclear but the result is that a lot of cherries go in one end and very few can be curated the other end.


    2. Hacienda La Esmeralda Coffee from Panama = up to $350 Lb

    This is an unusual Coffee in our top three because it isn’t ingested or partially digested by any animals. Rather it is simply a top quality speciality coffee curated by some of the most conscientious owners they are constantly chasing any new strategies or hints to improve their Coffee.

    Hacienda La Esmeralda Coffee is also unique as it is sold to retailers by way of their own auctions. A true gem made by Coffee lovers for Coffee lovers.

    3. Luwak Coffee from Indonesia = up to $160 Lb

    Luwak Coffee commonly called civet coffee,hits the top of this list not just because of the extravagant way it’s created but because it’s hefty and eye watering price tag. At $160 Lb this stuff is no joke. In case you’re new to the furore that surrounds Luwak Coffee it is made by Mongeese ingesting the coffee beans, digesting and then passing them.

    Now we’re not jumping either side of this controversial debate but the the fact remains that you won’t find many more expensive coffees!


    4. Helena Coffee from St. Helena = up to $79 Lb

    The Island of St Helena is located about 1200 miles West of Africa and in a unusual historical twist the Coffee was made famous and popularised by Napoleon Bonaparte who not only loved it but actually planted seeds during his exile in 1815.

    The bean is a green tipped Arabic Coffee bean that’s exclusive to St Helena.


    5. Fazenda Santa Ines from Brazil = up to $50 Lb

    Quintessentially Brazilian this Coffee is incredibly simple, stylish and straight to the point. Grown, and cultivated in the Minas Geraiz region of Brazil where to this day they still use traditional methods. That’s right, there is no automation at all in this process. As a result, when you ask people to describe the taste they use words like ‘sweet berry’ and caramel, the language you would expect from a beautiful product created by beautiful people. If you can afford $50 Lb this is one of the more affordable in the range.

    October 28, 2016

    5 Best Coffee Shops In The World

    It’s Ok we all get it. You love your Grande Chai Tea Latte, 3 Pump, Skim Milk, Lite Water, No Foam, Extra Hot. But go out in search of your usual brew while traveling abroad, and they’ll judge you HARD. And so will we.

    Here are some of the best places to hit up for authentic alternatives. No excuses, No Polystyrene, No ordering ‘to go’.

  • 1) Haas Coffee, Cape Town
  • Want to sample the best? The Haas Collective in Cape Town stocks some of the most expensive and most controversial coffees in the world. Rare gourmet blends form smooth tasting brews that go for $30 a cup, so sit, savour & enjoy. All the while take in all the bold oil paintings, whimsical and traditional furniture fill the space beautifully.

    Haas Coffee Collective South Africe

    2) Limestone Coffee Co. (Medford, Ore., USA)

    The Limestone Coffee Co. in Oregon is designed to be free from pretension and attitude, it looks like a spacious living room with lots of natural sunlight. The bar is made of reclaimed wood from a shuttered mill which makes all the cooler pour over jugs and Chemex that adorn the side look even cooler. Especially when combined with and a curved staircase that leads to more seating in an upper level. It’s a great place to squirrel away for an afternoon.

    3) Coffee Collective in Copenhagen

    The Coffee Collective is so cool and so cute you feel like you’re somewhere between an influencers social media account and a 90’s tv series about six friends! Stroll in and have a fresh brew, I highly recommend its classic set, which includes a shot of espresso served with a traditional-style cappuccino. There is also one of the world leading Barista’s, who isn't bad on the eye!

    4) Addison & Steele in Perth, Australia

    Unless you have ever had your coffee brewed by a fire and a siphon, this is an absolute must see! This artisan shop will give you plenty to stare at, such as the handmade light bulb chandeliers and other awesome nik naks and extras. Never fear however, the Coffees are not overwhelmed by the surroundings and stand up to even the most picky palettes.

    5) Amethyst (Chennai, India)

    Amethyst is beautiful in every sense of the word. It is an outdoor tropical garden designed with wicker chairs at a first glance. Your second glance affords you an insight of the interior with stunning marbled floors accompanied with portraits of the original family that owned the mansion that the cafe sits in.

    Should you be in need of a florist, a few books, some jewellery or clothing with a South Indian theme you can kill two birds with one stone at the in house stores.

    This Cafe is a favourite with expats and locals, who rock up for great food and a selection of hot and cold coffees.

    There are so many wonderful coffee shops in the world and it was a task to select just 5, so I will be featuring more of these divine, hip, cool, wonderful places in the future because frankly they are all places you should go as a fellow coffee lover.

    October 25, 2016

    Speciality Coffees: Worth it or Just Marketing?

    You’re just paying three times as much for the same stuff because of the label’, ‘you’re a sucker for the marketing’, ‘it’s probably exactly the same stuff as they put in instant coffee”.

    If you’ve ever had a conversation with anyone about speciality coffee this sentence has without doubt been uttered! Either it was you (Don’t be shy, we won’t judge...much) or it was one your friends (Get new friends immediately :) ).

    So to settle this age old debate about whether speciality coffee is worth the dollar or just a shady scheme, we’ve looked into it for you.

    What is speciality Coffee?

    An easier question to answer is probably what is regular Coffee.

    Regular Coffee is usually a pseudonym for mass produced, poor quality product with little concern placed upon sustainability, ecology or in fact anything besides profit. Conversely speciality Coffees are designed and ‘built’ from the ground up with these things in mind.

    The plantations are chosen because they use sustainable farming methods and often fair trade agreements with the farm owners and workers. Greater care is taken when it comes to considering how to transport the beans worldwide including the impact of the transport on the carbon footprint.

    There are three other big differentiators between regular and speciality coffee.1)

  • 1) Roasting
  • When Coffee beans are roasted they are heated to around 230 - 260 degrees celsius and kept moving continuously - this is the process that turns them from Green to Brown. Once the roasting is complete the beans are immediately cooled either with air or water, then the clock starts and you want those beans in your cup a maximum of 30 days from that point.

    The beans are (read: should be) checked at this point by a professional cupper aka taster. This person can tell a ton from the colour and texture of the Coffee before even tasting it, they'll then slurp and sniff their way through a tasting. Regular Coffees may skip this stage or employ a less experienced cupper so the quality control just isn’t there in the same way it is monitored in speciality Coffees.

    Another quick thing to note at this stage is that a great quality specialty Coffee can survive over 30 days from roasting to cup, poor quality Coffee doesn’t stand a chance!


    2) Grinding

    It is during grinding that a lot of the Aroma is lost so this needs to be  done appropriately and with care.

    Speciality Coffee is ground with care and caution, finely for espresso and a rough grind for a filter Coffee. In regular Coffees the grind tends to be a second thought rather than an integral cog in the machine working to create a great cup of Coffee.

    If you’ve never ground your own beans before and you’re a regular Coffee drinker, definitely consider adding it to your Coffee Repertoire. You get to capture the immediate aroma before it disperses and is lost forever. In case you think i’m building it up too much.. Give it a go! Check out how to get that great coffee experience at home


    3) Brewing

    Brewing Coffee is where all of the work comes together. When you are partaking of a really good speciality Coffee the worst thing you can do is throw a ton of boiling water over the grind and burn it. If you do that all of the work up until that point has been wasted.

    Yes, that is exactly what we do with regular Coffees which is why it’s a deal breaker for real Coffee aficionados.

    If at all possible, use filtered water if not bottled. The kettle boils usually at around 212 degrees fahrenheit so let it sit for 30 seconds which should drop the temperature to around 200 degrees. Then take 25 - 30 seconds pouring the water over the grind for espresso, for a drip system the water may be in contact with the grind for up to 5 minutes.

    Even speciality Coffee begins to lose some of the great taste immediately after brewing so as soon as that bad boys hit a nice temperature (usually 140 degrees fahrenheit) enjoy the glistening magic.

    So there you go, the difference between speciality coffee and regular? Basically everything! Is is worth it? Hell yes?!
    October 14, 2016

    Six Best Coffees In The World

    Around 70 countries now grow pretty great coffee beans so deciding the best six isn’t straight forward but don’t you worry, we’re up to the task and we’ve nailed a great selection right here.

    In fact they are so good, we think you should add a world coffee tour onto your bucket list, it’s pretty much a must do!

    Here are our top choices to waken your palette and brighten your day.  You can thank us later!


    1. Ceremonial Coffee - Ethiopia

    Ethiopia is the birthplace of Coffee, so prepare yourself for an hour long epic. No such thing as a quick cup for these savvy sippers.

    The process really is ceremonial and includes roasting the beans, grinding the beans and then brewing the coffee. They will usually brew in three different strengths from super strong, normal and weak.

    Take your time,enjoy the process and drink up!

    1. Kenya’s ‘Kenya Karatu’

    Produced by farmers in a Kenyan cooperative this coffee is distinct and intense. A medium - light roast with Brisk, floral acidity, a fudgy mouthfeel and toffee notes. Kenya continues to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees and this is no different.

    1. Cafe Cortado, Argentina

    Simply put Buenos Aires wouldn't function without the cafe cortado, a great Argentinian coffee served in a small cup that is roughly half coffee and half hot, frothed milk. In the morning a cortado in Buenos Aires is usually taken with two or three small, sweet croissants – at a cafe surrounded by friends.

    As with much of life in BA and all great Coffee’s, it's not a thing to be rushed.


    1. Ca phe sua da, Vietnam

    If you are looking for a delicious pick me up, Coffee prepared in the traditionally Vietnamese way is exactly what you are looking for. In Vietnam they prepare Coffee with hot water poured into a mini percolator of rich, dark grains that sits on top of a glass. The glossy black liquid then drips through that percolator and lands in a puddle of thick, sweet, condensed milk when combined with a handful of ice cubes you have a small piece of magic.


    1. Italian Espresso

    For Italians, an Espresso is something to be revered and cherished. Certainly nothing to be taken lightly or messed around with!

    Italians believe an espresso should have around 7 grams of Coffee, take no more than 25 seconds to make and should be enjoyed at the bar while chatting to the Barista.


    1. Mandheling - Sumatra Indonesia

    The coffees from Sumatra in Western Indonesia Indonesian are sweet, crisp and complex. The body is smooth, well-balanced and acidic, whilst containing notes of tobacco, cocoa, smoke, earth, and cedar wood. The name Mandheling, comes from the people who produce it.

    October 10, 2016

    The Best Handmade Quality Products From Upcycled Coffee Sacks

    The exciting reality is that the world is finally changing, our obsession with all things Poly- blend is coming to end! More and more of us are seeking out and buying gifts, clothes and products that prioritize quality, style, affordability and history. We love to buy things that have a story and come with a journey, especially when combined with style, charisma and just damn good quality.

    This is never more true than it is with accessories made with upcycled Coffee sacks.

    Each Coffee sack is unique, you see, when coffee is transported from plantations to the location it will be prepared in it is stamped with unique identifiers that identify the year, and usually either or both of the plantation and the bean. For the producers this is a challenge that means they can’t be reused.

    However for us it means we get to have super sexy accessories that are entirely unique, ethical, good for the environment and supporting communities. It just doesn’t get better than that.

    These are the most stylish must have coffee sack accessories around; get yours and join the story.

    Coffee Sack and Leather Ipad Air Sleeve

    These bad boys really do ooze style. Lined with the softest faux suede and supported by a firm padding your Ipad air slides into this sleeve with all the elegance of a supermodel sliding into a silk dress, it’s effortless and awesome.

    The superior quality 100% real Italian leather is stitched with meticulous detail into the coffee sack to provide a stunning solution for you to carry your iPad while keeping it accessible, protected and stylish.

    There are a few designs. Check them out iPad Sleeve


    Coffee Sack Journal Notebook

    Up until now Meeting notes & to do lists have been uninspiring and dull, well that is the case no longer. Now all your thoughts and musings can be kept in this stylish Coffee sack and quality canvas journal notebook and cover. Filled with a plain paper recycled notebook, and easily replaced this is the answer to your note taking needs.

    Check them out Coffee Sack Journal Notepad


    Cafés Dos Brasil Women’s Handbag

    Flying somewhere warm and sunny or woman around town? Don’t worry about choosing, this bag will complete your outfit and I don’t mind saying perhaps even your life. 100% Italian leather forms the lower half of this bag making it hard wearing, flexible and quite simply stunning especially in conjunction with the authentic and original Coffee sack.

    The interior is lined with a thick foam and then covered with a blue and white striped canvas quality cover to protect your goodies. A secure interior pocket for phone, keys and purse along with a large, easily accessible compartment.

    There are some more designs so go check them out. Women's Coffee Sack & Leather Handbag

    Cafés do Brasil Laptop bag

    Take your laptop to work? Sick of carrying a laptop bag that makes you look like a middle aged bore? Then these bad boys are what you are looking for.

    A cotton shoulder strap with leather padding. A separate padded section will keep any laptop up to 15.6” safe and comfy.

    Detailed stitching ensures class is written all over this sexy piece and you can decide whether you want to match the smooth latte side or the Cafés do Brasil to your outfit choice of the day.

    There are other sleek designs so go check them out. Laptop Bag Coffee Sack & Real Leather

    October 07, 2016

    How To Get That Great Coffee Experience At Home

    If you’re reading this then likely you drink coffee at least once per day, every day. Sometimes you can pop to your local Cafe and other times you are at home either busy or just plain hung over! Either way you don’t want the quality of your Coffee to drop.

    You want the same Cafe quality and taste experience while relaxing at home, without having to worry about brushing your hair.

    These are some Barista approved strategies guaranteed to get you great Coffee at home without breaking the bank or taking an hour.

    Caveat: It will take a little bit of time and a little bit of money but great Coffee is entirely worth it!

    1. Buy Whole Coffee Beans

    Buy fresh beans. It’s worth it! When not stored in directly sunlight and stored ideally in a ceramic jar fresh beans last a couple of weeks and really do form the basis of a great coffee.

    A few other things to keep in mind when storing your beans include; Avoid storing them in a fridge or freezer and definitely avoid air conditioners or heaters. Where possible stick to air tight conditioners.

    1. Grind your beans at home

    To unlock the maximum flavor potential of freshly ground coffee beans, grind coffee right before use - literally right before. There's a huge range of coffee bean grinders out on the market, and as expected, the pricier the grinder the better the grind. Don’t forget though, that there are different textures of grinds that correlate to each method of coffee brewing so check out your fav’s before you do a random purchase.

    Once you’ve made your cup don’t forget not to to freeze your grinds but instead store them in a dark, airtight container until your next taste of luxury.

    1. Use filtered water

    This really can’t be underestimated. Coffee is after all 99% water so if you use horrible water you will make a horrible coffee.

    This doesn’t have to be water collected by a unicorn under a rainbow, carried in a gold lined jar or anything excessive but a simple filter will do the trick.

    1. Consider a Chemex

    A Chemex is an hourglass-shaped glass coffee maker that uses specially designed filters to produce clear, pure flavorful coffee. This uniquely-shaped coffeepot is perfect for pour-overs and serious coffee drinkers alike.

    1. Don’t burn the beans

    Slowly, slowly, pour off the boil water over the beans. Your goal is to ‘wet’ them, so pour slow enough they absorb the water and it doesn’t just cause the beans to rise to the surface. Then pour in the hot water, again, slowly. Stirring gently.

    1. Make it your own

    The best way to really personalise your Coffee is to add any personal flavours that you happen to like. Traditional flavored syrups like chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut and caramel really step up your coffee creations.

    The first cup you make won’t be the best ever but will still be head and shoulders above the swill you have been drinking.