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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

Phallic art is not new. First and foremost a symbol of virility in several cultures and civilizations, it might be surprising these days and even shock some people if the “phallic object” is brought out without any warning. Although, in the art of winemaking, usually more attention is paid to the content than the container, this elementary principle of...
At the same time that a rise in coffee prices was announced, the sudden wave of offers (up to 35% off) “barista” type machines was accompanied by a top-notch publicity campaign. How can the dandy-chic, suave upper-crust image of George Clooney lauding the quality of Nespresso’s coffees and system be erased from viewers memories? The answer might be in...

The Tea of Kindness

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One day, before it disappears totally, you must try “the tea of kindness” in the world’s smallest tea room, which is also the oldest in Iran. In this place filled with memories and inscribed in the immaterial heritage of Iranian national culture, there is a tangible patina of time on every object. Kazeem, a world-weary former publicist, chose to...
It is not the first, and unfortunately, will not be the last time that an accident of this kind has occurred with Starbucks cups. Mary Simms, a Texan, has just filed a lawsuit against the takeaway coffee giant after having received first and second degree burns to her legs from a Starbucks coffee cup whose lid was inadvertently not...
Brewed since at least the Mesopotamian era and derided by the Romans who claimed it “smelled like a wet goat”, beer is nonetheless “an example of an enormous chemical complexity”, according to scientists at Munich’s technical university. Indeed, by analysing almost 400 beers, the German researchers were able to identify nearly 7,700 chemical formulas and tens of thousands of...

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Uncorked: Or for the Love of Wine

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There is a new Netflix series about and for wine-lovers. The winemaking world, in these uncertain and most anxious times will need to “brew” creativity in all its vats if it doesn’t want to...

Beer, the Other Enemy of Fire

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A Californian who’d run out of fire retardant solutions, but who had no shortage of ideas came up with an excellent one: putting out a fire essentially with beer... https://www.thevintagenews.com/2020/09/17/wildfire/

The Whisky of the Future

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Microsoft, known for its many mainstream software programs and operating systems, has decided to turn its hand to distillation using digital vapours. Artificial intelligence is going to discover the algorithm that can find the...

Australian Wine: The Preferred Tipple of the Chinese

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You might think the Chinese, like the English and many Americans, would prefer the magic art of Gaulish druids to make the “blood of the earth”. Well, think again! Australian wine exports to China...

Back from Outer Space: Bordeaux Comes Back Down to Earth after 12 Months Aboard...

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13 JANUARY 2021 Twelve bottles of Bordeaux wine will be opened in February, after spending a whole year aboard the International Space Station. Researchers will try, for the sake of agricultural science, to understand how...