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It has been a busy month for me and I definitely needed some change from routine. That’s when I came across a giveaway by Foreword Coffee Roasters in collaboration with Crafune– A Latte Art & Leather Craft workshop. We had to tag a person & I obviously tagged my husband, since we thought it would be fun to do something like this together.
I was keen on winning this giveaway, especially since I liked the concept of Foreword Coffee. Foreword Coffee is a social enterprise where they train & employ people with special needs & persons who are differently abled. (persons with autism, people who are deaf, etc) As a physiotherapist & a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, I find the concept great since more inclusivity is needed in society for such people. Also, I have read good reviews on their quality of coffee. Hence, when I headed to their facebook page, I immediately commented on the giveaway & to my surpise, won!
My husband & I were happy to get to learn something new and bond over one of the few things we like in common- that is Coffee 😀 Afterall, the name of my blog- ‘A Cupful Of Everything’ draws some inspiration from my love for chai & coffee. How could I miss this chance?
The bonus was that we also got to make our own personalized leather pouches/cardholders (so cool right?)
The 2 hour workshop was hosted at Crafune at Haji Lane in Singapore. I love Haji Lane since it is one of the most colourful and instagrammable lanes in Singapore. The entire workshop was conducted with everyone keeping their masks on, (except for few photo ops & coffee tasting) keeping the current COVID-19 Pandemic in mind.
- Making Latte Art
In the first half of the workshop, we learnt to make Latte Art. We were greeted by the two warm & friendly owners of Foreword Coffee- Lim Wei Jie & Nadi Chan.
They started with telling us about their coffee beans & how they source them. The coffee beans they use are always freshly ground to bring the freshness.
They source the coffee beans in an ethical & sustainable manner, directly from the farmers. Most of their coffee beans are single origin beans. Single-origin coffee is coffee grown within a single known geographic origin. Single-origins can offer unique characteristics and specific tastes when compared to blended coffees from multiple origins.
They explained to us in detail how they source their coffee beans from farmers belonging to different parts of Asia, especially countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, etc. The founders themselves visit these farms to make sure that the coffee beans are ethically sourced & the farmers directly benefit.
Unlike big coffee chains who are primarily profit driven, these people actually care about the farmers & do their best to help them by sourcing directly from them. Since coffee is a commodity & it’s price has been on the decline, sourcing coffee beans directly from farmers helps them greatly.
We then got onto knowing the basics of espresso. Everything is done precisely. The coffee beans are freshly ground to a certain size,a precise amount of coffee is used, the amount of water needed in the extraction process is measured, everything is carefully designed to ensure good quality coffee is brought to our tables. The amount of milk used decides the type of coffee- whether it is cappucino, flat white latte, or anything else.
We were then introduced to the actual process of making latte art. We learnt how foaming the milk is the most crucial aspect of making perfect latte art.
We were given 3 turns each and although we didn’t manage to make the latte art as perfectly as a regular barista does, we did manage to make shapes resembling a heart.
I realized how latte art isn’t as easy as they make it seem & now appreciate how much work goes behind a good cup of coffee. Sound knowledge of coffee beans,espresso making and lots of practice to perfect the skill of making latte art is required for the perfect cup.
Next time I head to a cafe, I will definitely be appreciating the work that all the baristas put into it. 🙂 Once you are behind the counter for a change, your perspective changes.
You can watch our video here- Watch us make latte art!!
2. Making Leather Crafts
During the second half of the workshop, we proceeded to make leather pouches/cardholders. This was a truly awesome experience where we got to make our own leather pouches/card holders.
We were given a precut paper template and had to align it with the leather to shape the material accordingly. Throughout the process, we were given guidance & I especially loved the process of burnishing the edges of the leather.
I was initially unsure whether I could actually make a leather article which resembles a pouch/cardholder, but I did manage to pull it off in the end, with some help from my husband who is amazing at craft. 😀
I personally enjoyed the personalization of our hand made crafts. We were taught how to emboss letters into the leather and taught how the machine works. We were to practice it on scraps until we were confident that we could pull it off on our crafts.
Finally, we managed to deboss our respective leather pouches. While I wrote my full name, my husband debossed his initials. We also debossed the symbols of our zodiac signs and I loved it.
I think debossing was my favourite part of the entire craft making, since I am such a personalized goods lover. I love everything personalized, whether it’s T-shirts, coffee mugs, pens or passport covers. So I found it super cool to deboss my own leather craft.
Here’s a short video compliation
All in all, we enjoyed this 2-1 experience of 2 different types of hands-on combined into 1 Workshop.
2 hours of insightful learning about something which is totally unrelated to our professions and yet so fascinating, proved to be an enriching experience. That & lots of high quality coffee to drink; what’s not to love??