Saturday, September 22, 2012

Chilla Cup Coffee Appreciation Workshop +closed down+

I am honored to participate in Chilla Cup's Coffee Appreciation Workshop this afternoon. For those who know me personally, will know that I love coffee. The good people of Chilla Cup organised this workshop with School of Coffee by KaffeeKultur, Singapore. There were 4 sessions in total from yesterday and today. My session consists of medias and bloggers which totals up to 10 people per session and it feels more private and easier interaction with the Master Roaster of KaffeeKultur.

Ms Wendy Lam of Chilla Cup kickstart the workshop with her opening speech and special thanks to everyone for taking the time to attend today's session of coffee appreciation workshop.

Mr Tony of KaffeeKultur, Singapore introduces himself.

The coffee sifu himself. An engaging individual that cracks joke during the workshop. We learnt that there are 3 class of coffee ; arabica, robusta and liberica. *eye opening*

Kenya coffee bean.

Various Arabica coffee beans for us to look see.

Samples of bad coffee beans. Who knows that there are so many and classified into different categories.

More cacat-ed coffee beans.

We smelled, cracked and chewed both freshly roasted and burnt coffee beans. Decomposition happens gradually after the beans are roasted. Once the beans are grinded, it will stay fresh for 5 minutes therefore it is essential to prepare the coffee immediately to ensure it's freshness.

Cafe Latte

Piccolo Latte.

Mr Tony demonstrates using alternative methods to prepare a cup of coffee. 

Vintage storage box.

A fellow coffee enthusiast aka my son aka Mr JL. (Not Justin Timberlake or J.Lo ok?)

Siphon and filtering.

Coffee is science.

The master sifu explains that by using this method, the coffee will come out cleaner and more concentrate. 

Stirring the freshly ground coffee.

This method requires a lot of attention to ensure that the result is constant everytime.

It's almost done now.

More stirring and smelling.

Mr Tony serving us the freshly brewed coffee (using Chilla Cup's special blend of course) - Siphon method.

The coffee residue.

Overall, it was a great experience. And I'm glad that I sacrifice my Saturday sleep to attend this. Being a coffee lover is one thing, learning about how much effort is put into making it happen is truly inspiring. 

Once again, I want to thank both Chilla Cup and KaffeeKultur (Singapore) for making this happen.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lighthouse Coffee Bar, Penang *CLOSED DOWN*

Malaysia Day long weekend was spent in Penang because the last time we were there was during the Chinese New Year break. Been longing to go back for a while but the thought of traffic jam overcomes our desire to travel. Especially during the peak season of Hari Raya celebration and Merdeka Day.

I come to know about Lighthouse Coffee Bar in Penang through some blogs I found before the CNY break. And I've been meaning to check this place out but they were closed during that festive season. This time though, we were lucky and they were opened for business.

Parking was a breeze because we got there early (4pm) and it was in between lunch and dinner hours. But I can't say the same for the inside. The place was packed and we stood around for a while before a table was available. I guess the people felt bad for making a pregnant woman (good friend's wife...hehe) stand too long and they quickly paid their bill. When in doubt and worry about no table, bring a pregnant lady.

Lighthouse Coffee Bar is located inside one of the many beautiful heritage buildings in Penang. See how pretty the facade is and it just makes you wanna go in and sit.

The signage inside the cafe. This pic came out shitty coz I cropped the bloody thing. Ah well, it still looks better than the original pic.

Place your order at the counter. This pic look dark and it's intentional. Photo snapped with my LX5 with the Art Filter (Silhouette).

Many well wishers here and from the post it notes here, many have came and drank here. Love the different lighting that appears here. From light to dark.

Mr BT's Iced Caffe Mocha

Mr Hubs' Long Black and brown sugar. According to him, it's a bit too light for his liking.

Mr BT's wife order (I call her Ms I) Iced Blended Mint Chocolate. According to her, the mint is not overpowering that it covers the chocolate but it's light as well. 

My order. The usual Cappuccino. To me, this is fine because the milk is nicely froth.

Surprise..surprise! French Vanilla Crepe. My favourite dessert. However, I've had better ones. The texture was a bit too hard for me and leaning towards the sweet side.

I heard that the Tiramisu here is a must try. Next round, I will definitely order that. And I'll wait til Ms I had given birth so that we can share a serving of that. It's laced with alcohol and she's currently preggers.

Here are some additional photos just for kicks. I thought it looked "mood" and the mini Diana is a naughty and fun little thing. She's photogenic too, don't you think?

 I will be back soon to try out their Signature drinks. They have Champagne Coffee or something which I spy with my little eye.

 Lighthouse Coffee Bar
Logan Heritage Building,
No.4, Bishop Street, 
Georgetown, Penang.
04-263 3628

Monday, September 10, 2012

Yamagoya Ramen, Setia Walk

Yamagoya Ramen has just opened a new outlet at Setia Walk recently. Their first outlet was opened in Publika. I heard a lot of rave review about this place and decided to give it a try. And it has been raining recently and that makes me crave for soup based food.

Mukashi Special Ramen - The noodle is springy and different from other Ramen restaurant. However, I do not like the bean sprouts..(personal dislike). The soup is a tad salty though.

Gyoza - pretty decent in size and filling.

Yamagoya Restaurant
C-8-G, Block C, 
Setiawalk Persiaran Wawasan,
Pusat Bandar Puchong,
47160 Selangor.

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