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Coffee:Deconstructed

May 18, 2010 13 comments


ACHTUNG! I am an engineering student, and I am in examination mode right now. So pardon me readers for sounding like an examination sheet in this post.

WHO THIS POST IS FOR?

This post is for all you coffee enthusiasts, budding coffee enthusiasts or people who go simply dumb upon seeing a menu card at a coffee shop(which you go to because of peer pressure and because its cool nowadays to hang out there), or those who simply did not understand why they puked out when they had that teeny-tiny glass of espresso the last time they were at Costa Coffee, or why after an uncultured sip of Cappuccino or Breve you looked like a pretty messed up version of Chacha Chaudhary. Why your girlfriend usually ends up ordering the Latte or the Mocha. This post is also dedicated to some people who call themselves coffee freaks, and end up ordering an Americano each time they go to a coffee shop(one of you is alright, the other one is a damn right poser :p)

WHAT DOES THIS TELL YOU?

The above figure tells you how 6 types of coffee drinks are made. This tells you about the intensity of the drink. If it contains loads of milk, cream and chocolate, it is bound to be on the lighter side. A shot of espresso for the untrained could be a disaster recipe.

APPLICATIONS OF KNOWING THIS

Take that girl you’ve been eying the past week out on a date, and impress her with your newly acquired uber cool knowledge. Also to save on a lot of money, by not ordering the wrong drink and ending up throwing it away. Perhaps the most important reason being, you know what you are drinking! A Barista-Lavazza menu card will not seem like a future Space Shuttle Launch Dossier prepared by NASA for Dr. George Fitzgerald Smoot III. Plus now you also know, Americano is not how Mexicans refer to the people from up north, it is a type of coffee.

NOW WHAT?

The next time you see a coffee shop, don’t simply give it a miss, try going in, you’ll enjoy the experience. You’ll meet new people, have a good time, and enjoy something that you’ve been missing altogether. And for coffee freaks, you cannot resist smelling a freshly brewed delight, can you? Well I can’t, I am off to get myself one!

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Moonlight in the Darkness

The past few weeks haven’t exactly been all smiles for me, Actually they’ve been quite traumatic, But I’ve been in a good mood today. So I’d try and list down all the beautiful things in life, things that make me smile…
1. Music — This is a sure shot cheer pill that works for me. Listening to Roger Water’s seductive voice accompanied with the mindblowing lyrics, or Slash strumming the Guitar, AR Rahman’s soothers and I just love when the Guitar it ┬áis in the right hands… Thank You Gilmour, Clapton, Slash, Satriani, Hendrix for cheering me up so many times in the past with your magic.

2. Football — Good Football that is… watching Bolton play Chelsea is not going to cheer me up, thats a royal bore! Watching two sexy teams in action, say Arsenal play Barcelona, a purist’s dream definitely will. There’s nothing better than sitting back and watch the most creative players on the planet entertain you with some end to end stuff. Missing you Zizou. Yed, Monsieur Zinedine Yazid Zidane. He was the orchestrator of the football field, and he surely created some magical music.

3. Calvin & Hobbes — Having the entire collection of Bill Waterson’s masterpiece creation in your kitty, you are bound to be happy most of the times. Calvin reminds me so much of ummm… me when I was 4! But the Transmogrifier was a bit beyond my abilities!

4. Reading — From the Hindustan Times’ sunday supplement to PDFs on the Internet.
5. Jodha — For those of you who don’t get what this is, dont bother asking. For those of you who do, yeah Jodha!

6. Comedy — Friends:The sitcom and my real life friends as well. Missing you all, How I met your mother, the Big Bang Theory etc.
7. An Intelligent Conversation— Yeah, discussions that involve words like Psychedelia, Tsar Nicholas II, Ashok Argal, Axl Rose, Francis Jeffers, Satanism, Westminster Abbey are big turn ons for me!!!

8. Children — Watching them do silly things, watching them sleep, watching them smile while looking into your eyes…if this does not cheer you up, boy you are heartless!

9. Food — Not from my hostel mess. Good food, freshly cooked by mum or for that matter anyone, always puts a smile on my face.

10. Movies — Again good ones.

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