Coffee in 2020/21
So, you've been stuck at home, for too long now, and you miss you favorite cafe spot coffee taste.
Well, here's how you can re-create it at home, with no machine or milk-steaming wand.
Here's what you'll need :
Here are the steps:
1. Grind your beans (only grind the amount of beans you'll need).
The amount will depend on the brewing method you're using (check out the "Filtru" app to learn more about different brewing methods).
2. Now that you are more knowledgeable about your chosen method, and you have your coffee grounds, you can start to filter them through, with enough water running through the grounds to your desired amount and taste (but, also check out the app to learn more about the perfect filtering technique for different methods).
3. Now, this is the really technical step.
How do you froth milk without a steam wand?
Here are 2 ways of doing that:
1- the first one is to simply boil your milk in a sauce pan, and hope for the best (using heat and steam bubbles to form your froth).
2- alternatively, if you have a french press, you can heat your milk in a microwave, and froth it using your french press. This technique is a little more time consuming, but it gives you a better chance at actually getting latte art.
4. Now, you should have a decent cup of coffee (especially if you used the "Filtru" app!).
It may not be from your favorite place, but you made it all by yourself! And, if you were lucky enough, you even got some latte art (good job!).
5. And, if it didn't turn out good, don't worry, you'll be able to go to your favorite cafe soon.
And, if that cafe is the meeting place, I have good news for you: we are still open!
Top 10 Summer Cafe Songs
As a way to officially close summer 2021 at The Meeting Pace, we wanted to share our top 10 most played songs from the past season:
1. 103 - This New Light, TCOYS
2. Sunshine Bank Holiday - McDermott & North
3. Oh, Mexico - Jeremy Zucker
4. Canyon Moon - Harry Styles
5. In Every Season - Annika Hansen
6. Sunday Morning - Tyson Motsenbocker
7. Pastels - The Brook & The Bluff
8. Foreigner - Jordan Mackampa
9. Golden Hour - Matthew Pinder
10. To The Mountains - Lizzy McAlpine
Hope you enjoyed this list, and discovered new songs for your own playlist.
Don't forget to stop by the meeting place to listen to our current winter playlist,
and try out our winter specials drink menu.
So, at the meeting place, we have this drink: "A Salted Caramello".
It's an "espresso" beverage with espresso (optional) chocolate, caramel syrup, and a pinch of salt.
Although, this is a popular beverage, some people are still curious / concerned about putting salt in their coffee.
So, let's learn more about why adding salt to your coffee can actually be a creative and healthy way to alter the taste and experience of your coffee.
1. The first thing that happens when you put salt in your coffee is, it neutralizes the bitterness by blocking the taste buds responsible for tasting it.
2. This will also add thickness to the beverage, by making the water denser.
3. Adding just a pinch of salt will also help enhance the flavor of the espresso.
4. Adding salt also helps replenish some of the sodium that your body loses from drinking caffeine.
5. Salt in a coffee with milk helps break down some of the fats, and enzymes in the milk; for a more enjoyable after-taste / drinking experience.
Along with improving the flavours, salt can have many health benefits to you favorite coffee beverage, but, we recommend experimenting for yourself, as this process is not for all taste-buds.
So, if you're ever curious about adding salt to you coffee, come by the meeting place, and try our salted caramello (with espresso) to see if this is something for you!
We hope to see you soon!
How Coffee Builds Community..
So, at the meeting place cafe, we believe that coffee builds community. It's even written in our mission statement!
"To serve quality coffee in an environment that builds community!"
But, have you ever wondered why we say that; or what about coffee creates an environment that builds community?
Well, if you've ever asked those question, keep reading.
So, if you read our mission statement carefully, it explains exactly why, and how coffee can build community, in our opinion.
It's all about one specific word in our mission statement....
The environment created in a cafe is the determining factor of the strength of the community atmosphere inside.
And, at the meeting place, we pride ourselves in creating a positive, uplifting, and welcoming environment that brings people together with one common reason; to love & encourage each other while drinking a delicious beverage that they all love.
So, next time you find yourself wondering why you feel so comfortable in a cafe, or what makes a cafe atmosphere so welcoming; think about the people & staff you met there, and remember how that cafe made you feel because that environment is difficult to achieve in full.
But, when it is fully achieved and well-implemented, it's creates an unforgettable experience.
The environment (along with the taste of the coffee) are the main deciding factors of how memorable that cafe will be for most people.
We can't wait to meet you & make you feel welcome in our TMPC community!
Hope to see you soon!
Mocha / Macchiato March?
March is here! So, in honor of it being a month that starts with the letter "M".
We thought it would be fun to drink coffee beverages that begin with the same letter this month. And, the first ones that come to mind that we have available at The Meeting Place are mochas & macchiatos.
For those of you who don't really know what these drinks contain exactly, here's a short description (with pictures):
A drink combining chocolate, steam milk, and espresso (can also be iced).
Ask for whipped cream on top for a delicious treat.
Fun Fact: The name is derived from the city of Mocha, Yemen; which was one of the centers of early coffee trade.
An espresso coffee drink with a small amount of milk.
At the meeting place, we mostly serve it iced (also known as iced cowboy).
Fun Fact: In Italian, macchiato means "stained" or "spotted", so the literal translation of macchiato is “marked coffee.”
Hope to see you soon!
Make sure to try one of these two drinks during the month of March when you visit the meeting place!
And, if you don't know which one to try, don't be afraid to ask your friendly server or barista which one they recommend!
So, you're probably wondering what more you need to know about caffeine; it wakes you up and keeps you alert, right? What else do I need to know?
Well, let me just give you some fun facts that I think you'll find pretty interesting...
1. there is no ideal time to drink coffee
Some people say that the ideal time to drink coffee is between 9am and 10am because that's when you get the maximum impact of caffeine in terms of the functional benefits. But, there’s also other research out there showing that the impact of caffeine varies based on when you regularly consume caffeine. However, ultimately, everybody is different, so there’s no one perfect time of day to drink coffee that will be ideal for everyone.
2. decaf contains caffeine
it’s very hard to remove all of the caffeine from coffee, even with very selective and specific extraction processes.
That said, most decaf coffees contain about between about 1% and 10% of the residual caffeine, inside the coffee, depending on the method.
That’s still a lot less caffeine that’s available in coffee beforehand, and actually it’s about the same amount as in as in a hot chocolate. So clearly, it’s unlikely to affect you as much as a regular caffeinated coffee or tea.
3. filter coffee has more caffeine
While espresso has a higher concentration of coffee, per serving, filter coffee (eg French press, drip filter, etc) typically has more caffeine per cup.
The main reason is because you typically drink more filter coffee per cup than a standard espresso
a double shot of espresso averages about 80 mg of caffeine v.s. around 125 milligrams in a 240ml (8oz) filter coffee.
4. dark roast does not have more caffeine
People often say because dark roasted coffee tastes stronger, it has more caffeine.
I’ve also heard the opposite: that because it’s been roasted darker, some of the caffeine has been ‘roasted off’.
The first statement is false.. Dark roasted coffee does taste stronger; it has been roasted longer.
So, it is stronger, but not in caffeine.
So, now that you know more about caffeine, and know what you're drinking, we'll be waiting to make you that amazing cup of coffee.
What Coffee Are You?
So, you probably have a regular coffee order when you visit a cafe.
You know, the coffee that you always get because it's a safe option that you know you'll like, no matter where you are. But, what does your coffee order say about you?
Here's what type of coffee our cafe staff describe themselves as, based on their go-to coffee order:
(check out our staff spotlight posts to learn more about us - http://www.themeetingplace-cafe.com/blog/category/staff)
Michelle (cafe manager):
go-to order - flat white
how does it describe you? - simple, consistent, reliable
Emma (cafe assistant manage):
go-to order - long black
how does it describe you? - deep, bold, rich, classic, diverse
Maddie Mae (cafe intern):
go-to order - flat white
how does it describe you? - classic, simple, enthusiastic, awesome, well-presented
Ana (cafe intern):
go-to order - iced vanilla latte
how does it describe you? - sweet, strong, refreshing
Miriam (cafe intern):
go-to order - small flat white, double shot on oat milk with hazelnut
how does it describe you? - short, spunky, sweet, bold, complex
Joanna (cafe intern):
go-to order - iced hazelnut latte
how does it describe you? - dependable, consistent, refreshing, sweet
Now, it's your turn! Here are some links to help get you started:
1- Some fun quizzes to help you find out what your coffee order says about you -
2- An artists' Instagram account (pictures previewed above) of drawing people as coffee -
1- Having an aesthetically pleasing profile page; & making it easy to navigate!
2- Advertising products with a fun, & enticing picture!
3- Pictures of staff & customers enjoying the product!
Check out the meeting place cafe's Instagram by clinking the link below:
Our Blue Door Project
In case you're unfamiliar, our blue door project is our way of supporting the local artists in our community.
Click on the blue door project tab above to learn more.
How it started?
Cusco, Peru's cafe called: "the meeting place cafe", which we were originally going to be affiliated with also has a blue door. Our blue door project is how we show transparency with the donation we receive.
Who can sell products?
Creative individuals on staff with YWAM Brisbane.
What kind of things can be created & sold?
We want people to simply use their own unique creativity to create something that represents their style / personality for others to know who they are without even meeting them face to face. We do this in hopes to build community between the artists and our customers.
Why we want to support our community in this way?
We want to be able to support local artists, while also creating a creative space for artists to showcase and sell their art, and for community members to discover new art / artists they would like to support.
What all this means for our customers?
When purchasing a coffee from our cafe, your donation simply goes into our cafe's operating expenses.
But, when purchasing something from our blue door project, your donation goes directly to the artist.
Why you should support our blue door project?
At the meeting place cafe, we pride ourselves in building meaningful relationships with our customers. And, our blue door has proven to be an effective way of making an impact, while building good connections with local artists.
So, next time you're at the meeting place, check out our current blue door project creations, and maybe you can even meet one of the artists (they love meeting people that love & support their art).
Hope to see you soon!
The Importance of Latte Art!
I hope that before reading this you've received beautiful latte art at least once from a cafe...
But, have you ever actually asked the question: what does art even have to do with coffee? or why does it seem to change the flavour of my coffee, or the atmosphere of a cafe?
Well, let us tell you a little bit about what we, at The Meeting Place Cafe, think about the impact of latte art, and how it really does help build community in a cafe.
You see, you can usually find a cafe on almost any street corner. And, wherever you go in the world, you will find some type of coffee shop. It might not be your normal "Starbucks", but it will represent that culture very well, and you will learn so much about the people that live there.
This can be discovered through the decorations inside, the genre of music playing, the price of the items, the friendliness of the staff, the variety of items on the menu, and the latte art (if any) in your cup.
At The Meeting Place Cafe, we know that all of these aspects can affect the atmosphere of a cafe in many different ways. We also understand that building relationships with our customers is not only about seeing them every morning, but it's actually about knowing their regular order. It's not just about wishing them a good day, it's about giving them a favorite coffee shop where they can start their day in a good mood.
It's about making people feel at home as soon as they walk inside!
And, at the meeting place cafe, we love being able to use our coffee making talents (including latte art) because we know that a good cup of coffee in a nice environment can change the community around us. We love being able to use our latte art, and communication skills to build meaningful relationships with everyone that comes into our cafe.
So, why do we believe that latte art makes a difference in a cafe?
Well, if you ask us, we'd say that cafes are an amazing ministry opportunity because building relationships with people really is an art. And, latte art is a great conversation starter to showing people we care about the taste and aesthetic of their coffee experience, just as much as the mood we can bring to their day through a simple cup of coffee.
At the meeting place cafe, we pride ourselves in building meaningful relationships with our customers. And, latte art has proven to be an effective way of making an impact in someone's day!
So, next time you're at the meeting place, or any other cafe, and you look in your cup at the beautiful art; don't forget to compliment your barista. Also, because they will most likely compliment you back (who doesn't love beautiful, delicious coffee, and lovely compliments in the morning).
That's what the meeting place cafe is all about!
Hope to see you soon!
Blessing, & happy new year!
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