Describe briefly your early experience of drinking coffee
Coffee consumption was apparently a big deal when I was younger.
Aik Cheong Instant Coffee was my maiden taste of coffee. In fact my father freaked out when he knew that his 14 year old daughter does not order MIlo Peng or Teh C Peng anymore. His advice regarding caffeine consumption was lengthy – he even puts limits to the cups I drink in a day and the timing I take this beverage. Amidst the unnecessary chaos, I was thinking ‘WOW.. this is a really grown up, adult drink’. Later on, father was more relaxed – it became my way of knowing that father has started to accept that his little princess is entering the young-adult phase.
Despite my love for coffee, mainly for its aroma and temporary high alertness properties – I wouldn’t declare myself a fanatic. You could put a Trung Nguyen brew and a Kopi Luwak in front of me and I wouldn’t know the difference. Not that I’ve tasted the latter though.
Instant coffee have always been a my choice for the daily fix. I did buy a coffee maker machine to brew my own cuppa but unfortunately the pot fell off the counter and I haven’t been able to brew my own for ages. The Trung Nguyen grounded coffee is still standing strong in my pantry.
What do you look out for when you buy your coffee
Cheap Affordable or perhaps a better way of putting it – is good value for your money, anything that has ‘milk’ in it and a wonderful aroma.
In a cafe, what would be your favourite choice of coffee
I normally order the ones that I could easily pronounce – like Latte & Cappuccino. So a trip to Starbucks is very daunting and intimidating. Perhaps the most comfortable cafe I’ve been to is bing! in Kuching. I love not only the coffee but the tasty panini as well. They even serve many lovely pots of tea. My new favourite tea after Twinings Lady Grey has got to be their Camomile Tea.
Sadly, I have yet to try Coffee Art drinks – that would be a lovely experience innit
How important is coffee in your daily life – what benefits do you see in coffee
My 3-in-1 is my eye opener in the morning especially on oncall days when you’ve stayed up the whole night – managed to get a wink and suddenly you need to be on the roll again. My max number of servings in a day is probably two and I try to avoid taking them late in the evening as I treasure my sleeping hours very much.
I see it as a bonding agent, an element one could use for socialising or discussing serious matters. Don’t we always hear “let’s talk about this over a cup of coffee, ey?” or when you want to invite someone to your home ” would you like to come in for coffee?” Honestly just say yes even though she serves instant coffee.
Apparently, coffee too have beauty-related benefits. My father just came back from a working trip to Medan the other day and they had a spa session using coffee based skin scrubs. He said he smelled like a blend of Arabica and Robusta. Lol..
I am open to coffee products of SME businesses. For example the Hai O Mineral Coffee and the variety of Kopi Delima sold at Kip mart and all. These coffee however are usually not a mere 3 in 1. they sometimes have 14 in 1. *gasp*. interestingly, these alternative coffee are more expensive that the mainstream ones we see on TV like Nescafe and its friends. As of tomorrow, I’m just going to stick with my Old Town Hazelnut coffee.
Happy Coffee Day.