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...
We're advocates for coffee at any time - but there are some moments in particular that seem just a little incomplete without a good cuppa. It adds an element of coziness, familiarity, and delightful caffeination that can move a "good" moment to a "great" one, don't you think?
What are some of your favorite occasions that call for some coffee?
I'm relatively new to the culture of coffee. I've loved it for a long time - I even pretended to love it before I actually did, because it made me feel mature and better equipped to produce something brilliant - but I had no idea how much there was to KNOW about coffee. For most of my life I was thoroughly content to toss some cheap-bought grounds into a filtered-coffee machine and drink down whatever came out. I had no idea there could be so many complexities.
Every so often, we produce a little "just for fun" content here at TMPC. This month, we decided to make a poster regarding the many subtitles that can be given to a simple cup of coffee.
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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