Hello and welcome to Larry’s Choice, the platform giving you a regular roundup of what’s happening in the world of drinks.

Bihari “Larry” B. Modi, CEO of Les Anciens Établissements Fratacci — B.B. Modi in Djibouti, offers you a “best-of” selection of drinks news every month.

Bihari “Larry” B. Modi

Global warming might sound the death knell for some French vineyards... or it might herald the birth of the next great vintage. Alongside the new prospects climate change might offer in the land of “good wine”, other more northern nations will perhaps have the pleasant surprise of seeing the future grands crus of the next century emerging...

A Coffee at Over €50

Some will perhaps shake their heads with a disapproving expression and dark looks, perhaps thinking that a coffee can never be worth more than €3, even if it comes served in a crystal champagne glass. In which case, why were Ferrari, Gucci, Chanel, Romané-Conti, and others of their ilk created... when cheap identical copies can be found?
So it’s said... Made solely from agave, this spirit contains very little sugar. That being so, it’s still first and foremost a question of good or bad habits when it comes to consuming any drink. A litre of cactus juice every day for six months will probably see you in the same condition as the best supermarket...
We knew of the South-Africans’ genius in a number of cultural and scientific fields, but attending mass with a bottle in you hand and 3 grams already in your bloodstream might perhaps be considered not entirely appropriate from a religious point of view. “Jesus taught us to cast our nets where there are fish”, or even better...
Foreign residents and non-abstinent natives are today saying it was the only thing that could be done to put an end to a certain moral and legal hypocrisy. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/21/abu-dhabi-ends-liquor-license-requirement-drinkers

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A Coffee Country That’s Not So in Vogue …

In this article, the magazine Vogue discusses countries that take their tea- and coffee-based drinks very seriously ... Of note, according to the article are Brazil, Portugal, and Australia ... Ethiopia, the...

Very Sweet Coffee Key to a Long Life

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