Full of beans
Barnaby has been relieved to find that Hungarians love coffee as much as he does, and serve all manner of espresso-based drinks in very upmarket cafés. Here in Eger he and Matt needed big lattes after all the wine tasting yesterday.
Barnaby supposes that the Hungarian passion for coffee must stem in some way from the presence of the Ottoman empire here some 500 years ago. The trend is so pervasive that even McDonald’s has caught on – there are ‘McCafes’ complete with Starbucks-style faux leather armchairs in every town. Barnaby is tempted to make a profound observation about imperialism, but hasn’t quite worked out what it is.