KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — Pour-over, drip, pressed, single origin, regular grind and brewing ratio — these coffee brewing related-terms can give one a headache if one isn’t a barista.
But what if you’re curious about specialty coffee and want to brew some at home?
Have no fear: Bangsar-based lifestyle goods store Snackfood (or in their own words, “the collector of happy things”) has invited coffee roaster Joey Mah from Three Little Birds Coffee to conduct a workshop on home brewing coffee on Saturday, 28 March.
Ibnu Alfadli, the store manager of Snackfood, says, “As a coffee addict, I have yet to understand in depth about the art of brewing your own coffee at home. We’ve seen a lot of Third Wave coffee shops around town and many have adopted coffee as their social lubricant.”
Observing how their customers have become more aware of coffee as the new culture and their search for a good cuppa to start the day, Ibnu and Snackfood owner Adeline Chong realised that conducting a home-brewing workshop will give café-goers the opportunity to understand the technique and science of brewing coffee at home.
“We approached Joey because of his background, knowledge and credentials when it comes to coffee,” says Ibnu. “We believe having him share his passion for coffee will make it more than just an ordinary workshop for the participants.”
For Mah, collaborating with Snackfood was a no-brainer. He says, “Together, we will make filter coffee more approachable to people who do not know much about specialty coffee or even hand-brewed coffee. Even the word ‘specialty coffee’ confuses some of us. So we will explain some common misunderstandings of specialty coffee and also coffee jargon.”
The topics for the workshop are being finalised at the moment and will likely include types of brewing methods, bean selection and origins, coffee equipment, and the pairing of coffee with cake.
Mah adds, “I will mostly cover the understanding of specialty coffee, how it is different, and why this matters. For example, how do we order coffee when we are in a café? We’ll also cover some basics of home brewing.”
According to Ibnu, “The class is for anyone who wants to know more about coffee — whether you're a coffee enthusiast or you just want a cup of good coffee to start your day.”
The home brewing class is part of the #takeoversnackfood campaign that started late last year. “Our team came out with the idea of “#takeoversnackfood” where we invite artists, designers and other creative businesses to share the space we have here at our store. So far we have conducted the Macabre Dinner Party by The Fancy Breakfast Club, Botanical Artistry showcasing neon planters by Nawwar Shukriah Ali, and most recently The Mossy Affair, a terrarium workshop by Charles Loh of Moss in Garden from Singapore.”
Snackfood will also carry an exclusive range of Hario coffee equipment and coffee-related books such as How to Make Coffee by Lani Kingston during this period.
Snackfood presents “The Art of Coffee at Home” Slow Brewing Class
17A, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 28 March 2015
Fee: RM120 per pax
Seats are limited to 10 pax and each participant will receive an Aesop goodie bag. Email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org