Monday, July 14, 2014
I’m a coffee drinker. Thus, to be invited and be one of the lucky few was a pleasure. It was an afternoon of learning and appreciating coffee, how it was started before we can actually drink it. The difference between the fragrance and aroma, the acidity level and which is stronger, is it the brewed or espresso? All of this happened on a cloudy afternoon sometime last last week at Alessi, Bonifacio Hight Street in Taguig.
But first let me tell who Conlin is. Eric Conlin is one of the Q Grader in the country, Philippines. (Well, we only have two!) A Q Grader is a professional cupper certified by the Coffee Quality Institute, an international organization that regulates the system of grading specialty coffee according to its quality. It requires more than just a sharp, defined palate, necessitating a deep knowledge of the entire art of making coffee. With that said, Eric decided to fly to Hong Kong to undertake the Q Grader exam — one of the most difficult tests for anyone in the coffee business. The distinction, however, more than outweighs the cost, and becoming one would help Conlins immeasurably, as Eric would be able to grade their coffee while being able to use his knowledge to educate other people about the craft.
More so, The Q Grader test subjects examinees to 22 trials over the course of six (6) days. From grading different levels of bitter, sweet, and salty; to triangulation tests; to identifying the origin of coffee and preparing your own cups — the Q grader challenges both the skills and the patience of each participant.
Now, Eric is the Chief Operating Officer of Conlins and Alessi Philippines, having helped Harris build the brand in the years that he’s been back. Since then, Conlins has grown and expanded, bringing in high-grade coffee makers from Europe and high-concept household items from Italian design company Alessi. But before that, Eric had been a dog washer, then he managed indoor playgrounds, then he worked in door-to-door sales, going up to random people and asking them to buy whatever he was selling at the time — all sorts of things. Eventually, he began to work in the espresso bars in Vancouver, before finally becoming the manager of a chain of toy stores.
|inside ALESSI store|
Coffee cherry is being carefully picked one by one then dries it up by using the natural (sun) or mechanical (machine). A process of sorting the good from the bad comes after. Why they need to sort it out? Well, the bad coffee cherry can affect the taste of the coffee. It has a tendency to make it sour, better or can be more acidic. The process of drying can also affect the taste of the coffee. Thus, being knowledgeable with the process is the key to make a good one. Panama coffee is one of the most expensive coffee in the world with its price of P20,000 per kilo. Well, I was so lucky then that I was able to smell and taste it. Did I like it? Without creamer and sugar, hmm not that much, it has a sour taste at first sip and a bitter after taste and less acidic. But I can say, it is more perfect and I’ll appreciate it more if there’s a bread bun with cheese on the side. Ha-ha. I’m thinking of a great breakfast already. Panama has an exceptional taste.
|different coffees for tasting - Colombia & Ecuador|
Comes next are Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and El Salavador. I like the four coffees, having El Salvador on my top list. For rainy and emotional days, I’d rather have Colombia or Ecuador for their smooth taste, it was relaxing and calming.
|Yeah, I tried to make one!|
Fragrance is the sweet and pleasant smelling such as the smell of a perfume or a flower. For me, the smell that only passed by on my nostrils and can be described by comparing to other things is fragrance. Hence, Aroma is the smell that lingers on me which is a smell from substances like food and spice. When I smell the raw Robusta Coffee, used by Nescafe, it was like an awakening fragrance. But when I tasted it, its aroma awakes my senses right there and then. And if you really wanted to stay awake then I suggest you take brewed coffee as it is stronger than espresso. Espresso is light and less acidity though. For now, espresso for me, please!
|how it looks like when water is poured. This set of coffee maker, except the coffee, is for only P1,300.|
During the coffee master class, Conlin also taught us how to make our own coffee without using coffee maker, what you only need are coffee, dripper with paper filter and hot water. You can buy this mechanical coffee maker package in Alessi for P1,300 only.
|random design in ALESSI store|
|cute tissue holders and condiments holders|
|Coffee Maker worth P200,00ish|
Basically, learning and knowing the right coffee for you is the best thing to make your day productive and energetic. Plus, drinking coffee may lower risk of death and it make your reproductive system happy are just few of the many advantages. Make it a habit! Cheers!
|Alessi in BGC|
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Alessi is available at the following stores:
Alessi Concept Store
‡ Bonifacio High Street in Taguig (856-4452)
Conlins Elements Stores
‡ Greenbelt 5 Makati (729.9698)
‡ Trinoma, Quezon City (900-0668)
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Monday, July 7, 2014
It’s the first time that two of our colleagues, Camz & Arlet, joined us on a night out, Friday night! Since most of them were on a Friday to Saturday; 1pm to 10pm shift we agreed to try the YOLO (you only live once) session that most of our teammates do during after shift on a Thursday night, dubbed as YOLO Thursday Sesh. For a working and responsible mom like Arlet, who would have thought of going out with her officemates at weee hours instead of going home early and play with her kids and for Camz who’s also a responsible daughter, thus, we push it thru the moment they said YES.
|Happy Aix and Yani with their Big Ass Caramel Beer|
|Four Season Juice or Mojito?|
|Seafood platter (I guess!)|
|camz & Arlet with Four Season Juice|
|Rue Bourbon's bar counter|
We’re not heavy drinkers, if we were to choose between tea or coffee and beer or margarita or tequila (not unless it is wine or champagne over a fancy bar or restaurant?) well, I assure, we had rather the first one. You may ask why we’re there. Well, as I’ve mentioned earlier, to try the YOLO sesh with the presence of alcohol and the deafening sound of music playing at the bar.
Since we are working in RCBC Plaza, we chose Rue Bourbon which is a walking distance bar & restaurant from the place we’ve been working at. Rue Bourbon is known for their Big Ass Caramel Beer and Rockin’ Good Time Mardi Grass on which of course Aix and Yani ordered. Since I just came from sickness and took antibiotic for 7 days, I have had to drink just only water. Yah, prevention is better than cure and that’s what I admire with my peers they wouldn’t force you to do something you can’t if it has something to do with health.
More so, Arlet & Camz do not drink, they only had Iced Tea and Four Season Juice and lots of foods. Ha-ha. Well, a good conversation over a drink (whatever it is) is the main element of having the best time in our life. It is the lessons that can be learn to someone else’s life and a great advice that could make an individual to have an awesome life. But most of the time, the lack of common sense on a certain scenario of a certain person could probably make all of us to laugh horribly or sometimes shed a tears from a broken heart.
Going back to the venue, Rue Bourbon located at Salcedo Village, Makati City is quite small. I haven’t had a chance to go on their 2nd level as it is their smoking area and since no one smoke we’d rather stayed at the ground floor which was crowded. I think, more or less, only 20 persons can fit in there. Though the service was great (hello, service charge!).
For the seven persons, we billed P2, 495 including tax and service charge for all the foods and drinks we/they got; 3 Classic Mojitos, 2 Caramel Beers, 1 Iced Tea, 1 Four Season Juice, Chicken Nachos (not in the photo ‘coz of empty battery phone) & 1 Buffalo wings. Stayed there for 2-3 hours and everything went well. A well-spent Friday night indeed!
Will I go back? Yes, I took a sip of Caramel Beer and I liked it. So, I am looking forward to fully have and enjoy it without inhibition. Plus, I want to try their other foods in the menu. Buffalo wings taste good, as well as the chicken nachos, well everything that we had were flavorful.
G/F Aguirre Bldg. 108 H.V Dela Costa Cor Tordesillas St.
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Salcedo Village, Makati City
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|BUBBLY FLUFFY. Food & Drink Unlimited|
If you’re following or add me as a friend on Facebook, I’m sure you’re able to see and read my wall post about migrating my food and travel blog to my lifestyle blog The Daily Posh. However, due to some circumstances like I already have had 600ish posts on this blog on which I think will eat so much time for me to migrate and edit each and every post. Yeah, I am OC like that. More so, my friends were telling me that my food blog will be put to waste, all the efforts and such. Aside from that, other direct advertisers already contacted me via Bubbly Fluffy’s Facebook Fan Page. And the most important of all, well, I guess, made me delayed the migration was that, BubblyFluffy is my first ever blog, where my true passion is, where I started my first event, where I started my first OOTD post, where I started my first online shopping, where I started my first travel post and the “firsts” list goes on. Thus, Bubbly Fluffy is the blog that really defines me, from where I started, horrible grammar to at least improved writing.
Yeah, I will maintain Bubbly Fluffy! And as I look forward to a new beginning, I made a new LOGO. Hooray! So foodies, let the journey continues!
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Sunday, June 22, 2014
|Batang 90’s Fun Snacks!|
Hi Foodies! Can you remember these classic “Batang 90’s” fun snacks?! Ha-ha. Pristos Ring on which I used to put on my fingers before eating, they're rings! DingDong, Milka, the old peso coin-sized chocolate, Stay Fresh and Orange! Got these as one of the games’ prizes at my friends baby shower. Cool, ayt?
So, what do you still remember about your childhood fun snacks? Hmm. Where’s ‘smarties’?
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