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Discover coffee and cocoa

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Discover coffee and cocoa

story by: Tom Ricketts

The three Cs you should never go without: coffee, chocolate and a combination of both. We’ve reviewed the very best places to get your triple-C hit.

Fait Maison

SOUTH KENSINGTON, LONDON
If the delightfully vintage exterior doesn’t attract your atten­tion, the incredible window display full of heavenly cakes and sweets surely will. Inside, it’s delightfully English with plump armchairs and wonderful floral china and teapots. They’re famous for their wide selections of cakes which really will wow you, and as the name suggests, everything is homemade. The Brits aren't well known for their apt coffee making skills, but with a faithful nod to the French, the coffee is sublime, as of course, is the English Breakfast tea. Before paying take one last detour past the cabinet. Scone for the road old chap? Oh yes.

Cocohut

PLANTATION ISLAND, FIJI
To be fair, great coffee is not something you’d expect to find in Fiji, and for the most part that is true. But not so at Plantation Island Resort. Tired mums and dads doing the family thing at this iconic family resort can stop in to recharge their batteries, with an invigorat­ing brew. Early-risers will enjoy a morning walk along the seashore, rewarded with a fresh cup of coffee and sunrise views, and when the sun starts to sizzle, make it an iced coffee and retire to the adjacent beach. There are cakes and slices too, but you’re in Fiji, so why not go for some fresh coconut?

Melba

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
The five star Langham Hotel resides on the shores of Melbourne’s Yarra River. Inside, its famed buffet restau­rant, Melba, is no ordinary buffet. Comprising several stations, each manned with its own chef, there are tender morsels to tempt every palate. But we’re here for the dessert station. Dozens of plates with gorgeous treats surround the centrepiece, a five tier chocolate fountain. That’s right, five tiers of chocolate gushing down through a fountain. And yes, there are plenty of sticks to impale your desserts on. Of course, this is accompanied by a coffee station with its own barista, and the hotel's legendary flat white.

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