Sunday, September 30, 2012

Coffee Appreciation Session with Chilla Cup

Last Saturday, my virgin visit to Subang Avenue was to Chilla Cup to attend the Coffee Appreciation Session that has been set up:

A nice quiet place to chill out with adequate seatings. The area to order:

Does this ordering system look familiar?
Tony Tang from School of Coffee was the invited trainer for this Coffee Appreciation Session.

 He's the owner of School of Coffee in Singapore Polytechnic and is a consultant for cafes and restaurants throughout Malaysia and Singapore on coffees. He is also the Regional Barista competition judge which makes it all the more credible, doesn't it?

 Together with his assistant that he brought along, Li Hebin, they're awaiting and are eager to educate us on the intricacies of coffee.

The many things that are set up for our eyes and taste buds to absorb:
The coffee grinder and coffee machine, a part of the instrument that's used:

It started on the introduction to coffee, detailing on the lifespan of coffee beans which is about only 14 days while coffee beans that's ground only last about 5 minutes of freshness, samples of defective coffee beans were passed around for us to have a look:

After a taste testing on chewing raw coffee beans to know the freshness, we finally get to taste some coffee. Goodies!
Started off with a small cup of Espresso, a really strong taste to it (that keeps me awake). What's interesting is that the coffee taste should linger in your mouth after consuming where the flavors just bursts out as you speak.

Next came the cup of Latte that was served with some art work:

Creamy and deliciously good.

There's also a cup of Piccolo Latte served which is actually not available in Chilla Cup:
My 1st time tasting Piccolo Latte. Never had it before. It's basically a mixture of Espresso and Latte, in other words, a milky, creamy Espresso.
Also, some Affogato:
Basically, Espresso with ice-cream to me. LOL.

So then came the show of brewing method. It actually also involves the sound of brewing but don't ask me about it, I wouldn't know how to differentiate it, haha.
So 1st method shown to us is the paper sieve method which I remember doing this and drinking cups of coffee with this method a long long time ago during my school days:

First wetting the paper and rinsing it off before putting in the coffee powder on top:

Then slowly let the hot water sink in and continue on after. Bubbles coming forth showing the degassing of the coffee:

Once it's done, it's good to go and ready to drink!

Next method shown involves the siphon method. Filling with water:
Light it up and wait for the water to boil:
When it's boiled, get ready to siphon it to the coffee:

Stir as water is siphon up:

Cos when it's nicely mixed together, it's time for the coffee to come down:

And there you have it. The siphon method of coffee. Looks like a science experiment.
After attending this coffee workshop, it gets a little harder to drink coffee at the local coffee shop and even harder to drink coffee from the pantry even though I already know the fact before that it's not fresh coffee and I'm mostly drinking sugar water but somehow it seems to have left a bigger impression on me than before.

Well, I can't have fresh coffee always. I guess, it'll take some time till I'm back with my normal habits.


Henry Lee said...

so now u no more virgin la? hahaha... only went to subang avenue not more than 3 times i think! :P

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Well, that's my first time going there.

FiSh said...

hows your espresso ice cream? :D nice?

Latest: Little Tiramisu Dream

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

LOL. It's called affogato! I like the Latte best!

foongpc said...

I love Chilla Cup! But I think that Subang Avenue is "hantu punya tempat" cos no one goes there! LOL!

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

oh? That day when I went there, there were quite a number of people there to chill.

Hulahu said...

waw nice

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

It sure is for coffee lovers. :)

TheJessicat said...

coffee always gets me going! :D

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

LOL. Different types of coffee has different effects on me.