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(but can be completely clueless on other more important matters).
Likes her Joe (and her man?) black, her chocolate dark and her food spicy.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Have Coffee, Will Travel



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It seems like only yesterday we were together at the now-mostly-frowned-upon 'bad' coffee chain, parked securely at our favorite corner. We took our time, each with our laptops, him with his Americano, me with my double espresso. Sometimes he'd sneak in packed sushi from the nearby Japanese department store, on other occasions we would both discreetly ingest warm stuffed buns or pastries from the bakery downstairs. I was his solace and good company, he was my excuse to stay out all day, feeding my daily caffeine addiction.

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Back home those days we didn't have much options for a good cup except the typical chains. I didn't give it much thought. As long as the shots did their job in my blood stream, I was happy, blissful in my own ignorance, if you must.

coffee espresso latte piccolo mocha caffeine

coffee espresso latte piccolo mocha caffeine

coffee espresso latte piccolo mocha caffeine

Fast forward 6 years later, he now resides in Melbourne, while I've visited twice. We were always snobs to a certain degree, what with our Crumplers, Apples and passion for anything of great taste. Naturally, the chains became a thing of the past (unless we were stuck at airports, at which case chains would be heralded as blessings from above). Now, he has a decent piece of machine at home while I start my journey on the path of alternative brewing methods.

coffee espresso latte piccolo mocha caffeine
coffee espresso latte piccolo mocha caffeine

Last night, for the first time, my fingers felt what it is like at the bottom of a metal pitcher, steaming milk to about 65°C. I've cooked soft boiled eggs at 65°C, made a tangzhong starter at 65°C and started endless batches of Swiss meringue buttercream at 65°C. Nothing of those, however, came even close to preparing me for the near scalding sensation of creating perfect microfoam. There shall be no more looking down at those chain baristas and their individual clipped thermometers.

coffee espresso latte piccolo mocha caffeine

But for good coffee I will travel. And put my hands as well as other senses to what they are meant to do. As with most things, give coffee love in the hope that it loves you in return, and then some.


6 Comments on Have Coffee, Will Travel

Gorgeous pictures! The ice coffee is definitely my favorite. :D

Posted by Anonymous Linda, at Sep 26, 2012, 1:01:00 AM  

Coffee, coffee, coffee! So beautiful!

Posted by Blogger Eileen, at Sep 26, 2012, 2:22:00 AM  

Love your blog, your writing and your photos! I found your blog through hungerhunger.blogspot.com, keep up the good work! :)

Posted by Blogger Applegal, at Oct 1, 2012, 11:35:00 PM  

Love your writing and your photos! Found your blog through hungerhunger.blogspot.com, keep up the good work!

Posted by Blogger Applegal, at Oct 1, 2012, 11:36:00 PM  

Awesome coffee art! I always believe that a great start to have a great morning is to have a sip of perfectly made coffee.

Posted by Anonymous flight bookings, at Oct 29, 2012, 2:34:00 PM  

Love your writing and i like Coffee

Posted by Anonymous khairul044, at Dec 13, 2012, 8:33:00 PM  


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