This list of 10 creative prompts is something that the Meeting Place Cafe sends out the first week of every month to help you with your writer's block, your songwriting stuckness, pretty much any artistic road block you may have. We hope you enjoy these and use them to inspire others with your art form!
Exciting news! We have an inside look into what our heart for the community and this cafe is and why we do what we do here! To help us out, we have one of our very own staff, Chloe! Chloe is 20 years old, originally from Bundaberg, she loves making coffee, babies, and spending time with people she loves! Let's ask her some questions about her perspective into the Meeting Place...
What made you want to work in this cafe? What pulled you in?
I’ve worked in a specialty coffee shop before and loved the experience so much! I wanted to know what it would be like to work here and in this type of environment and focus, I thought it would actually help me grow in different ways than before.
What's your favorite part about being a barista?
I love being creative, and I love looking at cool unique things, so I enjoy creating latte art for other people to enjoy, along with being a great brew to drink!
What is it like to work in a donation based cafe? Is it different than a normal job?
There is so much focus on the relationship with the customers, making them feel welcome and part of the family! It’s so awesome to see the people who encourage the mission we are in by the extra donations they give! I think it’s interesting when people find out we aren’t getting payed but volunteering our time, they are so supportive to us and also to TMPC!
On a side note, do you have a favorite holiday? If so, what is it and why?
I love family and friends! I so enjoy catching up with people and spending time with them! I also enjoy going to the beach! I grew up along the coast of Queensland and that to me, feels like holidays!
Where do you see yourself fit in to the Meeting Place family? Where does your heart align with the heart of the cafe?
I see myself being someone to help support and encourage, and also help with any prior knowledge I have to offer the cafe! I so enjoy bringing someone a cup of coffee and just chatting to them, which is something we don’t always have time for, but I’ve been learning recently how much Jesus took time with people when He was here on earth and even though He was busy he was showing people the love of God. God always has time for us.
Thanks for reading! If you want to get a better sense of why we do what we do here, just pop in any time we're open, and I guarantee you any one of our staff wants to have a chat over a nice cuppa! Have a blessed and amazing day!
There are a lot of different kinds of coffee lovers in this world - the "purists," who like everything to be made traditionally and properly, with nothing added to the cup other than milk, espresso, and the every once in a while shake of chocolate powder on a cappuccino. There are those who are innovation focused, always on the hunt for new ideas, asking the question "how can we improve the old ways of doing coffee for the consumers that are enjoying it today?" Then there are those who just like the taste of coffee, who enjoy it for the convenience factor and use it in a more utilitarian fashion, drinking maybe a simple iced vanilla latte, or a flat white because it's the first one they saw on the menu.
Something that we here at the Meeting Place Cafe love so much about coffee and cafe culture is that, seemingly, there is such a wonderful balance between all three: tradition, innovation, and convenience/consumer appeal. You see cafes all around the world that have the convenience factor down, and they're thriving because it appeals so well to the customers they're attempting to attract. You see cafes that use traditionalism to reel in their target audience, making each cappuccino exactly how they would in a cafe in Italy in 1902, or a flat white exactly how it is meant to be prepared, using precision and skilled hands to provide for their customers a delicious cup of coffee. Those who are seeking innovation in their cafes are the ones that come up with all those crazy, but somehow intriguing ideas, that pull you into their cafe because you just HAVE to try that one. They use creativity and "out of the box" ideas to pull in those people who love adventure and always pick something new. No one way of preparing coffee is necessarily better than the other, and you don't have to sacrifice quality to obtain convenience. tradition OR innovation. Each way of making coffees is simply meant for different audiences who want different things
There's the beautiful thing about cafe culture - you can get it all at once, or choose one of them, and all around the world, there is a coffee lover out there who understands you and wants to give you what you're looking for. In an ideal world, there is no judgment in this culture, because everybody has a different way of enjoying their coffee, and everyone has different priorities in their lives, and that's really what it's all about; enjoying coffee. So whether you prefer a 6 ounce latte with exactly the right amount of foam, a vanilla caramel iced latte with whipped cream to give you that extra zing, or trying out a rainbow latte where the cup is an avocado, please do us a favor, enjoy it!
A lot of people are jumping on the train of environmentalism in the past few years, and that's amazing! A big question is though, how do I connect my passion for taking care of my home on Earth and some physical steps to actually taking CARE of it? Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle is a great foundation, but it can go a lot further than that. Let's explore some ways that you can reuse those coffee grounds that, before, you probably would have just thrown out. There are so many ways that we can be environmentally conscious, especially with our daily habits and intake of food products, like coffee.
Some Outside Uses for Old Coffee Grounds
1. Homemade Fertilizer! - Just sprinkle onto the ground you're trying to fertilize or mix grounds with 1/2 cup of water and make a fertilizer spray!
2. Bug Repellent - Sprinkle the grounds at the base of your house or put them in a bowl on the patio to keep bugs at bay
3. Tossing coffee grounds in your compost pile helps stabilize the pH level, which helps foods degrade more quickly, and more evenly. The coffee scent also helps with the smell
4. Coffee grounds can absorb the strong odors in your garbage. Fill up an old pair of pantyhose with some dry coffee grounds, and hang the mixture on the inside of your trash can lid
5. Scratch Repair - You can use coffee to hide scratches on dark wood or espresso finishes. Mix a small amount of grounds with warm water to make a paste, rub the paste over the scratch, and wipe it off with a towel. The grounds stain the wood, and make the scratch less noticeable
6. Face and Body Scrub - Natural body scrub to help your skin be silky smooth and keep the planet looking nice as well
Those were our favorites from the research we did! Check out a full list at the link below!
Our Ten for November is out and ready to inspire you in your next project! This list of 10 creative prompts is something that the Meeting Place Cafe sends out the first week of every month to help you with your writer's block, your songwriting stuckness, pretty much any artistic road block you may have. We hope you enjoy these and use them to inspire others with your art form!
I've been to a lot of cafes in Brisbane, and by a lot, I mean a lot. In my experience, pretty much every cafe in Brisbane has something to offer that the one before it doesn't, whether it be a cozy atmosphere or a sweet as flat white, a motorcycle in the corner or just the catchiest name ever, EVERY cafe has something worth discovering. Here's a list of my favorite cafes in the Brisbane area, and why I love them so much. Ready for a fun filled, cafe-crawl like weekend? Check these out!
1) Lost Boys Cafe - Fortitude Valley
With it's fairly small interior and super friendly staff, the experience at Lost Boys will never disappoint. Cool and cozy at the same time, they've got a nice bar to get work done and an open layout going to the outside that makes you feel right at home
2) Felix for Goodness - Brisbane CBD
Warm lights and warm wood for everyone! This super cute cafe just makes you want to wrap up in a nice blanket and have a nice long conversation, and the coffee's not half bad too!
3) Minnie's Espresso - Keperra
this cafe is the definition of quaint - in the best way possible. That hometown feel that makes you want to stay a while, and the quality of coffee to go along with it, you can't go wrong with this local cafe, other than maybe not being able to fit all of the customers in!
4) The Meeting Place Cafe - Mitchelton
And of course, to top off the list, the Meeting Place Cafe has a way about it to just make you feel so at peace, whether you're studying for finals, just getting a drink takeaway, or sitting down with family and friends, the atmosphere makes you feel like you can just be yourself. With handwritten notes on takeaway cups and international stories to hear from their widely varied customer base, you'll never be bored! Coffee quality doesn't suffer, either. Get a classic Aussie cappuccino or go crazy with a Salted Caramello, they've got something for everyone.
Everybody loves a good cafe, right? This list of 11 things, paired with enthusiastic gifs, explains why everyone loves to go to a cafe to work, to talk, or just to sit and people watch. If you could never put your finger on why you love them so much, maybe this will help! And if there's a race for best cafe out there with the coziest atmosphere, we think the Meeting Place Cafe's hat is in the ring, so come check us out if you haven't already and decide for yourself!
As you may or may not know, this blog sends out a list at the beginning of every month of different creative prompts that you can use to inspire you in whatever artful medium you so desire. These are the ten prompts for the month of October! Enjoy, and happy creating!
If you can't see the photo, here are the ten listed out for you!
1) The End
3) Open Doors
4) Baby Steps
5) Everyday Things
6) A Babbling Brook
7) That Feeling When You Find Something You Lost
9) Starry Night Sky
10) Your Favorite Story
Here at the Meeting Place Cafe, there are some of us that had the opportunity to attend and spectate a barista competition in West End on the 15th of September, and it was such an eye opening experience, we thought it would be cool if we shared some of what happened with you guys! Quick shout out to Venezzio Cafe for holding this barista competition and allowing us to come learn with you!
So we started the morning off with a lovely stroll through the streets of West End from our car park to where the competition would be held (a fair jaunt, mind you). As soon as we walked in the door, we were hit with a wave of creativity in the form of coffee smell, fashionably dressed hipsters, and the sounds of a cafe that would perk up any coffee lover's ears. One of us had been to a couple of these kinds of things before, but the rest of us? It was a totally new experience, and we weren't sure what to expect, so we did what anybody would do. We sat in the back and waited for the competition to start.
Basically, there are five things the judges are looking for in a competition like this: espresso quality, presentation, signature drink, milk drink, and timing. All of these factor into your scores at the end, so obviously the barista's skill of multitasking and time management both come into play. You have fifteen minutes to make your presentation, in which you have to pour four judges a shot of espresso, that your knowledge of the origins of said espresso has to be pretty specific, a milk drink, with an explanation as to why you chose that one, and a signature drink that brings into play the innovation and creativity that is so prevalent in cafe culture today. There were a total of six competitors, each one of them providing a totally new perspective on the way that we view coffee and it's origins, it's taste, and it's boundaries of what it can taste like. Everything counts when you're behind the bar, and whether or not it's your first ever barista competition, or this is basically your profession, the judges and the spectators just want you to have a good time showing off your craft. Barista competitions don't have to be scary, it just means you get a chance to show off everything that you've learned.
Our Favorite Parts
What were our favorite parts of the competition, you ask? Wonderful question!
Matt says his favorite part was "The combination of competition and creativity was incredible. Long hours of work and practice went into each presentation, complimented by technical skills, and a complete knowledge of sourcing, and flavours." Mish says her favorite part was "The beauty of science, art and creativity enhancing and adding to every element of the presentation made me love coffee more. It also opened my eyes to all the vast elements that go into making the perfect blend and how much more I have to learn about the incredible culture surrounding coffee." and Lizzie says her favorite part is "Honestly, I love the way that each of the competitor's personalities came through in the way that they presented. Getting to know each of them while they explain where their coffee came from or why they chose this signature drink was a unique experience for me and I thought it was rad. These guys have a lot of talent and skill, but I loved how they made their presentation their own."
If you've been to a thousand of these things, or if this is the first time you're hearing about it, there's always more to learn about coffee and cafe culture! If you're reading this blog, I'll assume that's you, and just watching coffee competition can make you ask questions you didn't know to ask, or maybe just to enjoy the presentations for a while. I hope this gained you a bit more insight into how the world of coffee competition operates!
Cheers from The Meeting Place Cafe
You know that feeling of when you walk into a cafe, you look at the menu, and you honestly don't know what half of the drinks even mean? Or the words like "latte" and "cappuccino" are familiar, but what do they actually mean? What's the difference?
I have a little chart for you that should hopefully clear some of that up! One way to think of it is from lowest to highest amount of foam is flat white, latte, cappuccino, and a piccolo is like a smaller and stronger flat white, a cortado is a smaller latte, and a macchiato is a smaller stronger cappuccino, in amounts of foam that is. Each coffee drink is it's own unique flavor and process, so giving them each a taste would not be a waste! See? I even rhymed it to make you want to try it.
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