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Coffee Ritual – The 3rd Coffee Lovers Gathering

On March 8, we had our third Coffee Lovers Gathering at Coffee Ritual.

This time though, it was a bit different. Instead of espresso and cappuccino, we had Syphon’s brewed coffee instead. Thanks to Chin for inviting us to his place for a FREE sampling of Syphon coffee. It was a first experience for a few guys here.

The Crowd… including the cute lil baby girl that brightens our day.

Coffee ready to brew. This is a single origin from Columbia.

As the water begins to boil, the top part which holds the coffee will be properly attached to the lower parts that holds the water.

The moment the top part is attached, hot air inside the water compartment will have no place to go. Due to pressure differences, most of the hot water will be pushed up to the compartment containing the coffee. As the water wet the coffee, it is stirred to ensure all the coffee are properly saturated with the water. It is then allowed to steep for about 50 seconds.

Once the fire or heat source is removed, in a few seconds, the air inside the earlier water compartment cooled down. The coffee will gushed back down to the lower compartment.

We actually tried 3 types of single origin beans from Columbia, Brazil and one that I forgot (getting old, if anyone remember, do let me know).

I find that the Syphon way of brewing coffee to be quite romantic. You have the gadget, the glass, the fire…

Ok, how does it taste? I have to say the Syphon brewed coffee is quite nice. It is clean (as clean as the Aeropress), able to bring out the delicate flavour of the beans (if you have good beans and freshly roasted of course).

It is very comparable to the Aeropress (base on memory, not that I have a chance to really compare side by side). Both can brewed very tasty, delicate coffee. Aeropress is the most convenient. The Syphon is way more romantic and appeal to more than the taste sensation. But, you can drop the aeropress and no sweat but if you drop the syphon there goes your money… hahaha. In fact someone told me he is reluctant to get a syphon because there are many clumsy people in the house.

Do give them a try and check out the location here. Certainly the Best Coffee Place in Petaling Jaya.

Great Coffee For Great Party

My friend Marcus had a small CNY Potlucky Dinner party at his house last night.
Well, you can’t have great party without great coffee, right 🙂
So, while others brought food and I brought my coffee.

Of course in CNY dinner, we can’t do without the traditional “Lo Sang”

After that, on to the coffee.

The beginning of a shot of espresso. Note my pathetic knockbox on the left.

A close-up shot. Dripping like hot honey.

End of a double-shot of espresso. Bet you can’t find a shot like that in any cafe in Malaysia.

Well, credit to where credit is due. This particular shot was made from the Epic Espresso blend from Five Senses Coffee Australia courtesy of our friend Dennis. Beans roasted just 1 week ago.

500g cost about Rm100 including delivery charges and can make about 60 single shots. The taste is excellent. Aromatic, flavourful and I even tasted a tinge of chocolate. Truly yummy. I didn’t get any for myself this round. Need to cut cost.

But Dennis is a Moka Pot user. Here are some pics from the Moka Pot brewing method.

Sorry, didn’t have pic of the early stage of dosing the coffee inside the moka pot.

One of the most famous brand of Moka Pot.

Coffee started to brew.

That is delicious looking.

Now the taste of coffee brewed with the Moka Pot is quite different from the Espresso method.

Moka Pot gives a much “stronger” taste and heavier body. While with the espresso method, those delicate fruity, flora and acidity seems more pronounced. These are of course my initial impression. I don’t have a Moka Pot at home, so I can really compare with many different beans.

Let’s not forget… great party with great coffee… must also have great gals 🙂

The beauties who inspired us to brew better coffee.

Happy Chap Goh Mei everyone.