Sometimes we pay RM10++ for a cup of coffee. Not often, but sometimes when we’re feeling rich and indulgent and recession is a figment of our imaginations. Then we become one of those whom we dislike for the sake of disliking, them who seemed too cavalier with their private funds. If we were to be honest with ourselves, it was envy speaking.
Let’s face it – in this economy, a RM10++ cuppa is a luxury. So if you’re smart, you’d better know the basics of your coffee to get your money worth. Then you wouldn’t be screwed by ignorant baristas who don’t know better (part-timers), don’t know enough or worse, don’t give a damn.
It pisses the shit out of me when I’m handed burnt-tasting latte and the barista tells me that nothing is wrong with the espresso. I’d like a fresh cuppa please, for my friend as well as hers has the same burnt taste. After three tries, I gave up and pretended to be satisfied so the proprietor and barista wouldn’t look fed up. Also, I’m practising patience.
I am no coffee expert, just your average consumer who has downed enough cuppas to know what they like or do not like. Or if the coffee’s not right or way off. I don’t know enough to tell you why it’s off, I just know what a regular latte, cappuccino or flat white is supposed to taste like.
Though after attending Università del Caffé della Malesia‘s Coffee Appreciation workshop, I understood (sort of) why a cuppa could be off. So many reasons, from human error to machine error. Some in-your-face obvious and some not so apparent.
Either way if you’re like me: enjoy coffee, want to know why your cuppa is ends up good or bad but don’t want to know everything, then the UCD Malaysia Coffee Appreciation class is for you. 2 hours of knowledge, latte art fun and free-flow Illy cappuccino… hard to say no to that! RM99 per pax on 11th May 2013, find out more at their website.