Each month, we release 10 creative prompts that we hope inspire and encourage the creative community around us. Whatever your craft may be, let one of these prompts inspire your next piece of work - and then show it to us! We'd love to see :) you can tag us in the picture of your creation @the_meeting_place
The Ten for July:
2. What's on your coffee table?
5. Something that rhymes with 'station'
7. Small question
8. Comfort looks like...
As a 'barista in training' when it comes to making coffee there is a lot of new words, smells, flavours, ideas and concepts that I suddenly need to understand."The slowest part of coffee extraction is not the rate at which compounds dissolve from the particulate surface. Rather, it’s the speed at which coffee flavor moves through the solid particle to the water-coffee interface, and this speed is increased with temperature."
Uhm what..? I'm always looking for inspiration and information as to how I can make good coffee without fully understanding the whole science behind it. And today I was stumbling over this little chart that just makes the coffee aspect of my life a little bit easier. Not only because we need to understand the difference between coarse and fine coffee grinds for different brewing methods, but because it compares the size of the grinds with something that we actually understand - like salt. So here it is. Hopefully making your coffee tasting better at home!
(Chart found on en.ilovecoffee.jp)
For those mornings when you don't have the chance to swing by the cafe before work (or for Sundays and Mondays, when we're closed!) but you find you're still craving a little something more than a dash of milk in your coffee, we’ve got some ideas for you. Today we’re sharing a few things you probably already own that can be swirled into your coffee to switch your plain black cuppa to a slow Sunday morning treat, or a sweet Monday morning pick-me-up!
1. Sweetened Condensed Milk
A thicker, more saccharine version of adding a splash of milk to your mug.
Adding a little cinnamon (and maybe some nutmeg!) gives your coffee a subtle, cheerful Christmas taste, while a spice like cardamom brings a bit more of an exotic flavor. Sprinkle some into your coffee grinds before you brew, or into the cup after.
3. Agave Nectar
A syrup-ish natural sweetener with a distinct taste of its own - I think of it as honey’s lesser-known cousin.
4. Vanilla or Almond Extract
Not just for baking! Try adding a few drops on their own, or mix some vanilla extract with coconut milk for a homemade flavored creamer.
5. Lavender Tea
Try letting a bag of lavender tea steep in your freshly brewed black coffee for a few minutes - or maybe experiment with any other floral teas you may have on hand.
While nothing beats a classic cup of regular ol’ coffee, it can be fun to see what you can mix in and end up enjoying. And of course, if it all goes horribly wrong, you can always just come to the cafe ;) Happy experimenting!
Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash
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