Crema is the term the Italians use to describe the golden layer of liquid on top of the espresso. In the same vein, espresso is also an Italian term used to call the extract of coffee that's the base of many many beautiful caffeine creations such as macchiato, americano, caffe latte, flat white, cappuccino, mocha and affogato. Those who frequent Gloria Jeans or Starbucks would be familiar with those Italian terms.
Truth to be told, sometimes I wonder if Mama is trying to turn our home into a cafe. Poor Dad has been turned into a lab rat. Not that he minds drinking copious cups of latte, flat white, cappuccino, mocha, macchiato and even hot chocolate. What has been happening?
Well, there was a "sale" at the famous Sydney Coffee School where you get 50% off the fees for a limited period. And, trust my Mama in not letting any "sale" pass her by. (OK...there are exceptions to the rule...like how she turned down her friends' invitation to the Noritake wholesaler's sale...but that's another story altogether.)
So, I digress. Anyway, instead of trawling the streets of Sydney for the best cuppa, Mama decided to make THE best cuppa by enrolling in a coffee barista class. Serious! She even went on to also sign up for the latte art class and get an accreditation for her skills. Then, she dragged us to Target and bought this set of espresso machine and coffee grinder. Then, she went to Gloria Jeans, Jamaica Blues and Robert Timm's to buy their coffee beans. Nope, not the ready ground ones, just whole roasted beans. Organic, Fairtrade, the whole lot. Oh, there were talks of her planting coffee at Dad's village but I treat that as wishful thinking. For now.
Hmmm....tea time is never the same again at our house. Oh, don't even let me get started on Mama's tea collection. That deserves another entry. OK, who wants a bottle of Nescafe? Nobody drinks that anymore around here.
The basics first: espresso with crema on top (about 30ml) with enough textured milk turn an ordinary cup of coffee into black gold.
Ms EM was Mama's teacher for the day. Look at those intricate designs of the cuppa. That's latte art.
Mama's interpretation of latte art. It's freestyling, she said. Designs are created using milk foam, chocolate and a bamboo stick.
Mama's first attempt at creating "the fern" with a single pour, meaning latte art is created by a special way of pouring the milk instead of using bamboo stick and chocolate sauce. (see above)
Monyet wisdom : At tea-time, drink tea. Coffee is only for cats.
Exquisite, darling!! There are a couple of cafes in Penang that do this beautifully. I have tried it MOST disastrously...Well done! I hope your mama can make me a cuppa one day when we get to meet!
Thanks for sharing!
Nope, no coffee to me angelina...sebab kalau i minum it will end up to the toilet several times...any teh tarik please!!!
We also drink chai latte and hot chocolate. With toasted banana bread...yummmm.... purrr....meow!
Hmmm...soon there'll be a Cafe Angelina somewhere... purrr....meow!
So you fancy tea more than coffee? No worries. Last count we have: T2 chamomile, Twining's Earl Grey, Traditional Afternoon, Darjeeling, English Breakfast, Russian Caravan, Prince of Wales, Orange Pekoe and BOH. Pilih saja yang mana satu. Or, chai latte? purrr....meow!
If your mama needs any volunteer to finish up all those coffee while she tries all the beautiful designs, count me in OK.
Coffeeeeee anytime! :)
KOPI-O SATU! KAWWW PUNYA!
Your mom is something huh, Angelina. She makes great kuih cara and now beautifully designed latte.
I'm kinda hooked to latte recently. Previously I will only take black coffee. But my coffee must always be a decaffeinated one. Kalau tak tak tidur semalaman lah jawabnya.
Enjoy your latte!
How long do Ayoh Wan have to wait for Cafe Angelina somewhere..
Maybe you can make those misai kucing coffee brew for Ayoh Wang.. hiargh ha..
Nice one this. It actually is not as easy as it looks (and I am sure your mama will attest to this). Lots of it is science - getting the milk just hot enough, getting the coffee well extracted etc, and the rest is art. I have been trained to do this but I still worry at having to make a cuppa where I work at.
Tell your mama her fern looks great!
@monyet king: I have to agree with you. a good orange pekoe is like way up there with the rest of life's greatest pleasures, tho at times nothing quite kicks like a good espresso.
@Kak Ezza: perhaps you can try the less acidic coffees then? stay away from the South American beans, they tend to be a bit acidic, some say this is the cause of the tummy discomfort.
Your adoption is still in progress....and you'll have to move here too. Then we can have great cuppa anytime.... purrr....meow!
Errr...we don't do those Tongkat Ali or Kacip Fatimah or 3-in-1 types.... purrr....meow!
Only decaf? Or, are you also one of those who drinks skinny latte? Hmmm...am sure we can arrange for some decaf beans from somewhere. Promise you'll come though. purrr....meow!
We definitely can try stirring the brew with misai kucing! (the whiskers, not the herb) As for Cafe Angelina....hmmm....if you can find the investors, why not? Anywhere...even in Pulau Duyung or Bukit Besar. purrrr....meow!
Dad has been cruel too, giving Mama bad ratings like 3/10 but with a wink and a sly smile on the side. Oh, Mama finds it a bit "leceh" adjusting from that humongous $5K commercial machine to the $500 home machine. But then, considering that the commercial machine is all automated, there's actually no excuse for the cafes to make bad coffee, eh? Yes, heaps of science in it but what's also important is the passion of the barista and experienced enough to adjust the grinding machine as the day progresses. purrr....meow!
Do you think your mummy will come and make me coffee? I looooove coffee!
Would Mama be willing to carry all of those coffee making stuff with her too? OK, take a number. purrr....meow!
Dell : me no coffee,but mamason once let me drink the tinned milk.No, I dont like it.Mamajade's taste better.
Jade : Dah tua tua pun,dok sentel susu lagi.Tak malu langsung Dell ni.
hey, that's beautiful !! Tell your mama to keep on practicing so I can learn from her someday hehehe ..when I get the chance to visit Sydney.
Tsk tsk tsk...Dell, apa ni dah tua-tua pun nak "nenen" lagi? purrr....meow!
Hie Sandy! You're not far from us! In fact, you can even do some serious island hopping and before you know it, you'll be at our doorstep. Love your blog. Love that "macet" pix. Yeah, crazy bus drivers are everywhere. Even Down Under! Mampir lagi ya? purrr....meow!
Yumms! Coofffeee... I need coffeee. But I am nicely cocooned in my warm duvet.. can I have room service, cat?
Finding investors..boleh.. kena tunggu Angelina pandai buat all those coffee dulu.. doakan Ayoh Wang berjaya dengan current farming project ni berjaya.. tentu Ayoh Wang boleh consider another investment..
Thanks a zillion for second visits.. ha kira nie balasan lawatan kedua dari Ayoh Wang..
like your aunty Ninot said "...
In your case, it's not just coffee that we'll deliver to your room......... but also cookies and biscotti and cakes and brownies and pies! (what were you thinking?) purrr....meow!
We believe that "kunjung-mengunjung membawa bahagia" sokmo! Mari kita sama-sama dream of Cafe Angelina first, lama-lama esok jadi kenyataan.... purrr...meow!
Your Mama and I would get on like a house on fire! I love coffee! We brew pots of them on football night, and when we come home from work. Your Mama's latte art is great! Her artwork looks so professional, especially that palm-frond-like design! Your Dad is very lucky indeed to have someone who loves making coffee. I wouldn't drink anything else if I lived in the same house!
Would you like to inherit Mama's percolator? Don't think she'll be using that anymore now that we have espresso machine. We've been egging her to draw a cat on a latte but so far she's only done some whiskers. purrr....meow!
I am sooo glad you decided to join us yesterday for the THANKFUL FUR 3 THURSDAY BLOG HOP at http://theteacherspets.blogspot.com and I hope you made plenty of new friends by joining us! I hope you made friends with our co-host, a tabby cat named Brian at http://brianshome-me.blogspot.com too because he is a very wise and wonderful kitty.
I really love the name of your blog...very original! I also love your header too...very creative!
Your mom sure does have an artistic flair when it comes to coffee and espresso! I loved the designs! Are you going to be the taste tester, kitty?
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Purrr....welcome Teacher's Pets! How may I address you? Drop by again for latte, a chat or even TLC. purrr....meow!
I saw the skillful barista did it at KL Convec the other day, and wow I was amazed. I am sure your mum will asquire the skill of designing it in no time. Unfortunately, I tak minum kopi lah, tak tau nak appreciate keenakan rasa kopi sebenar.
Hi Cat, I love coffee, as well this one in your posting. It sure looks delicious!
But believe it or not, I've never stepped into Starbucks, nor keen on those designer coffee....I love to make my own.
Maxwell House Rich Blend, and iced.
Have fun and keep well, Lee.
No worries. We'll make designer chai latte for you, OK? purrr....meow!
We're not Starbucks fans too. That's why decided to have her own machine at home. Am sure with the right ice crusher, we'll whip a super duper ice-blended coffee for you. yummm.... purrr....meow!
Not a bad job at all! Congrats to your Mama..
Now I can look forward to having her specially made latte when I go and visit, eh?
Hi! I love all types of coffee especially latte and macchiato. Kopi Kemaman kopitiam pun I like so much.
I love the latte art and always wonder how do we get that love shape!
Just latte? Mintaklah Mama to make cappuccino ke, mocha ke....purrr...meow!
Ahhh...a coffee lover too, eh? Nanti kita main-main melukis on buih susu, OK? purrr...meow!
What a shame I do not take coffee. Jaga badan.
Jaga badan? Hmmm...maybe we can offer you hot chocolate or chai latte instead? purrr....meow!
Yepp, I could drop by there to check out on your mom's Latte progress haha, I have a brother in Australia. It's either macet or banjir here in Jakarta ><.. Your mom is Malaysian kah? I used to study in Malaysia too ^^
My Mama? Oh, she's a citizen of the world, she said. Please drop by if ever you come visit your brother. Is he in Sydney? purrr....meow!
Who drinks nescafe anymore??? Huawawaaa... I do... :(
I would love to have one of those fancy art latte machine....
Mother of Ilham,
Jangan nangislah...come...I'll make you a cup of coffee, OK? purrr....meow!
Hi Cat, my brother is in Perth. Check out my blog, I just posted some cat videos there haha :D
Perth? That's so far away from us! I think Jakarta would be nearer for us. purrr....meow!
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