Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Coffee Shop - Coffee Appreciation Class with KC Coffee in Hong Kong

Barista waited for the water inside the round-bottom flask to boil
Mum and dad went for a coffee appreciation class ran by KC Coffee in Kowloon Bay last week and they enjoyed their evening trying the different coffee brewed and Daniel, one of the shop owners, discussed his own experience with coffee appreciation.

During the session, Daniel went through a lot of different concepts and the distinctions amongst different coffee brewing methods, different beans and different grinds. Also what you can expect in terms of taste and smell from a quality cup of freshly brewed coffee. It was wide ranging and a short blog entry wouldn't do justice to what's been said. However, the gist of the session was perhaps captured by the very first question that Daniel asked. "how many of you drink black coffee, i.e. no milk, foam or sugar?" To fully capture the essence and enjoy the aroma of perhaps berries or citrus, you want to avoid polluting your cup of coffee with other stuff. A quality cup of coffee should deliver something similar to the Whiskey tasting we mentioned here before.

French Press and the importance of precise timing!
A cup of mellow and soothing black coffee
Despite all the persuasion, mum still likes her cappuccino with lots of milk and froth. Similar to the one seen in an earlier blog entry here. KC Coffee's brews were best described as mild and aromatic. Their coffees endeavor to bring out the fruitiness and nuttiness of the drink. More Japanese than continental European style and they get their beans from a Japanese roaster in Fukuoka, Kyushu.

The coffee appreciation class was a lot of fun and well worth joining if you want to know more about what you drink. You can tell Daniel is passionate about it and he has no qualms in telling you where else you can find quality coffee in Hong Kong. So we might write about some of these other places in time.

KC Coffee - Exchange Tower, 33 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, HK
Tel: 852 - 3106 0363

You may also like this audio podcast by "Stuff You Should Know" about coffee.

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