Home Barista: My daily hobby

in hobbyhub •  3 months ago

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Every morning at the break of dawn, I wake up to the sight of my beautiful companion, the source of my happiness. I wake up to this:

One of my favorite hobbies and one of the few that I have time for is brewing the perfect cup of coffee. I started brewing , my first cup with french presses. I learnt about it after studying in New Zealand where the coffee culture was relatively different from Malaysia. I grew up in a coffee drinking family, but it was always instant coffee that were sweet. I liked it initially, but after tasting the first cup of espresso, I felt like my world has changed.

I never knew coffee could taste so so good and how instant coffee could be so.... fake? I suppose that's how I would describe it. I apologize to all you instant coffee drinkers out there, I love you guys. But that first cup of espresso was as like the gentle caress of the morning sun, the sweet kiss from a loved one. As much as it was gentle, it was intense, like the adrenaline of skydiving.

I think I've exaggerated, but I'm sure those who have similar experiences understand. So after that time, I've been exploring this craft ever since.


The drinks I create

I create a few kinds of drinks. I use my french press to create cold brew.

I would grind freshly bought beans from a local roaster and steep the beans in room temperature water overnight. This brings out the flavor of the coffee and makes a great gift to friends. It stores longer than espresso and I have friends who enjoyed the cold brew after three days.

I've also been trying to create the perfect latte art, but that has been a learning curve. So here are my creations. Please try not to laugh if you are an actual barista.

So I think this was supposed to be a portrait of my wife. She looks much prettier in real life. This does not do her justice.

This was supposed to be a dog's paw. But by the looks of it, I think it could be something else perhaps...

I call this, trying to salvage a failure. But hey, it still tasted good.

Moving on, I do this everyday and even when I'm away on trips, I bring along my portable espresso machine to help me get a great cup of coffee.


Why I do it

I suppose one of the key reasons why I do it is that coffee relaxes me. I am a PhD student, I teach and I have two children whom I adore and all this requires that extra boost of energy that keeps me going. I would love going to cafes, but from where I'm from, the cost of making your own Espresso based drinks is three times cheaper than going to a cafe.

Aside from the monetary gains, I suppose its all about having a sense of achievement, about making that perfect cup of coffee. Something like cooking that perfect meal or creating that perfect Steemit article.

Also, this gives me a chance to explore all kinds of coffee. Each type of blend, coffee and roaster has its own unique story to it. I would normally refer to this book for those details:

The book is great as it not only talks about the origins of the beans but also about how to create the perfect cup. However, the challenge is not only on creating the right grind and the right brew time to create the right drink, but its also about appreciating where its from and what is the best way to make the drink.

A big shout out to hobby hub and @sweetpea for organizing this. If you are ever in Malaysia, I'll brew you a great cup =)

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I loved this post haha , that portrait of your wife was priceless ! LOL im still laughing just thinking about it ,im pretty sure it does not do her justice ! Good luck in the contest , I also love coffee !

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At least I got the long hair right... Kinda.. Haha.. It's nice meeting a fellow coffee lover

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LOL ! Thanks ! You too! Following🍵🍵🍵

You sure do love your coffee! And you put so much time and effort in to it! Seems like you are a coffee connoisseur. I had a good laugh at your coffee "art" ;) A for effort! Thank you for participating in this week's #hobbyhub challenge, upped and resteemed!

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You're welcome. I hope keeping it short is helpful, I don't want to overwhelm readers. What are your thoughts on it? I see some of the #hobbyhub posts are pretty detailed.

We have lots of Kopi kaki here.... I know @littlenewthings @ackhoo would definitely love to have a cup... So when you are in KL, call us out! Coffee cheers!

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yay! but only you guys know the best places in KL..haha.. if you come to sabah, i'll brew for you =)

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You sure do love your coffee! And you put so much time and effort in to it! Seems like you are a coffee connoisseur. I had a good laugh at your coffee "art" ;) A for effort! Thank you for participating in this week's #hobbyhub challenge, upped and resteemed!

Wow! You make it sound like I'm sooo underprivileged for not having tasted the 'perfect' cup! :D :D Look forward to one day trying your home made coffee... Unfortunately, I'm an instant coffee drinker... lol. Enjoy your next cuppa!

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Woops, I did say I love you guys =p
Sure, if you come to Sabah will brew you a cup.

That's a really nice hobby :D Did you ever try drinkig turkish coffee? I'm not even sure if this is the right name in english, but that's the way we drink it at home. The process is a bit easier but it still gives you the necesary boost in the morning. It's a bit older 'method' i think :D Anyway, thanks for sharing your coffee making process. It was very interesting to read.

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I have actually, it's pretty great but I like how espresso has some hints of sweetness or spiciness depending on the beans. I usually drink Turkish with beans from Vietnam, love how it goes with condensed milk. Do you take your Turkish coffee black?

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I will be right over...sounds and looks great except for the dog paw one..just kidding 🚀

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Lol.. No worries, I'm still learning.. Barista art is challenging. If you ever come over to Malaysia, coffee's on me!

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how about the plane fare? lol
Yes, I had a wonderful machine when we moved to the country I insisted my husband buy it for me. I miss it now.. So now I use a bialetti steam espresso maker, then I froth the milk with a frother.

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Where are you from? Wow.. So you make your coffee via the manual method?

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yes at times and also have a drip method for regular coffee ... I am in Nebraska in answer to your question.

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Nice, coffee is one of the small joys in life to keep me sane. Hmm.. In all likelihood, I just may be going there before you come to Malaysia. I have relatives in the states. Which state though, I've forgotten..haha

From what I hear, its a long long long flight to the states.

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