Category: Food and Drink

As someone who has definitely learned about his local coffee shop to its full potential, I definitely have experience with what goes on there. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind if you are a first-timer at the coffee shop.

Buy Something

Don’t be a coffee shop bum, and don’t make an employee have to ask you to patronize their establishment. As soon as you come into the shop, set up your laptop where it needs to go, grab your money, and go purchase a coffee, or a scone, or some other item from the shop. In some places, they will even give you free refills on coffee and drinks.

These establishments are stupid. They know that after sitting in the shop, especially one where food is served, for an extended period of time, you are going to get hungry. Both of you guys know that you can’t bring outside food into the shop while you work, so you are going to have to buy food from them if you plan to stay and eat. This is how some places are able to justify free wifi.

Set Up Near an Outlet

You’ll find that many people who come in with their laptops sit clustered in certain areas. This is because they are looking for a power outlet. Even if you feel confident in your laptop’s ability to hold a charge, still sit somewhere close to an outlet and plug up, just in case. When the shops are busy, you may find yourself in a situation where your laptop just died in the middle of a great ephiphany (coffee shops can be a great place to generate ideas), and all of the power outlets in the place are taken. You don’t want to lose that thought or work because of a simple lack of power.

Going to the Bathroom

Going to the bathroom can be a sticky situation. In some cases, you may feel comfortable leaving your laptop sitting outside there alone while you take a leak. I won’t do that unless I know that someone else with a laptop agrees to keep an eye on it. There are enough cases of people getting their laptops stolen for this to be a concern-you’re not paranoid. If no one, in particular, is watching your stuff, anyone in the shop can just assume that any random person grabbing your stuff is the legitimate owner.

So when going to the bathroom, be sure to either ask another laptop buddy to keep an eye on it, or pack your stuff up and take it with you.

Keep Your Coffee or Tea Separate

I lost the use of my laptop keyboard and ended up having to lug a PC keyboard around with me when I neglected to heed this piece of advice. Don’t ever place your laptop on the same table as your coffee or tea. When you are drinking, make sure that your face is far away from the keys. All it takes is a quick slip of the wrists for your entire laptop to get ruined.

If you are going to a coffee shop to work and take advantage of free wifi Internet service for the first time, be sure to take this advice with you. One last thing-be is aware of who is around you because there are scammers who target wifi HotSpots to steal information. Just do an Internet search to find out more.

It was a night out of their own. No boyfriends tagging along and no suitors following them around, just the girls meeting regularly on a Wednesday night after work.

Arlene, a brand manager in the leading beer company in the Philippines, prefers to have white chocolate mocha coffee. Anne, a marketing manager in an international chocolate company, loves latte without sugar. Sharon, a Dermatologist, who has a different taste of coffee depending on her mood, feels like having a cappuccino tonight. There are two things that bring them together on a Wednesday night. Coffee and the weekly novena at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

They are all at the top of their games. They are contemporary, yet religious women. They know how to enjoy the pleasant moments in life, such as having a girls’ night out, catching up with each other’s lives, and sharing some laughs with a great cup of coffee – their choice!

These girls are all too familiar in making a cup of coffee. To summarize, there are a few key components. These are; ingredients, equipment, and technique.

Ingredients

Always use the best ingredients available. The water should either be filtered or bottled. The temperature should be around 109 to 204 oF (43 to 96 oC) for maximum extraction.

For best results, use whole coffee beans. Place the beans in an opaque vacuum-sealed container stored in a cool dry location in the house. For longer storage time, you may place them in the freezer.

Equipment

Coffee grinder

The freshness of whole coffee beans will only be processed by using a coffee grinder. The duration of grinding will determine whether you want a course or a fine finish.

Invest in a French coffee press. The director of Starbucks, Scott McMartin, and the master cupper at Folgers Gourmet Selections, Rich Bertagna, both agree that French presses make the richest cup. The 5 best single serve coffee makers without pods are also one of the best equipment in making coffee as a great experience.

Technique

Grind

Place the whole coffee beans in a coffee grinder then “grind as you desire.” This is something that you will develop and would initially range from fifteen seconds or so.

Use the French Press

Place two generous scoops of ground coffee in the French press. You may want more, or less. A secret ingredient is a dash of salt to bring out the flavor. Add water with the described temperature. Put the lid on. Let it steep, then, when the coffee is ready, push the plunger. Pour the coffee into a cup.

Drink it fast

The freshness of the coffee lasts within twenty minutes once prepared.

The girls’ are about to finish their coffee and they are ready to go to church for their novena. Wherever the girls are, they know how they like their coffee. What makes a coffee great is sharing it with the company of good friends.