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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

Lifestyle

Here’s to a perfect cuppa
Torsha Sen, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 21, 2013
First Published: 18:24 IST(21/11/2013)
Last Updated: 12:28 IST(22/11/2013)

Just like your best buddy, a cup of coffee can be comforting and mood lifting on a tough day. And the joy of serving a perfect cup of coffee is no less for some. “When I see people smile after a sip of coffee made by me, it gives me immense pleasure,” says Rimichon Kaping, master barista at Café E Chocol’ art, Le Meridian, Delhi. And it’s not your regular coffee cup the 26-year-old is talking about. Rimichon tries and customise coffee for each one of her guests according to their personalities.

“When I interact with a person, I know who would like the coffee piping hot, who would like some nuts in it, and who would love to team it up with a tiramisu. This is something that all baristas must be able to do,” she says. And she adds a personal touch in each cup with her latte art — delicate heart patterns, a cute smiley, or just rain drops. Ask her what drew her to coffee-making and she says, “Coffee is an extremely innovative beverage. I doubt if any other beverage can be so much fun when it comes to experimenting. I was totally hooked on to the art of coffee-making from a very young age,” says Rimichon.

On her journey from a young student in Manipur to travelling to Italy, learning the nuances of coffee-making, to becoming a Master Barista, she says, “My passion for coffee took me to the World Coffee Championship, followed by a training by eminent baristas from all over the globe. It was a life changing experience,” she says. Here are Rimichon’s tips to make a perfect cup of coffee.

Make your coffee fun
Spoon in froth: Add your own special touch. With the help of a spoon or knife, you can creatively make shapes like a heart or a leaf on the froth.
Deserted coffee: Team up your coffee with an Italian classic dessert such as Tiramisu, which would make you experience rich flavours.
Fruity coffee treat: Coffee and fruits might sound pretty new to you. But trying coffee with fruit tarts might unravel flavours you’ve never tried before.
Hazel drizzle: Chocolates are often touted as coffee’s best friend, but what goes best is hazelnut chocolates.
Store well: Taste and aroma in a cup of coffee depends on how the beans have been preserved. You should not keep coffee beans open in the air because it loses all its flavours. Store your beans in an air tight jar.
The right temperature: The temperature for brewing coffee should be in between 195 - 205 degrees Fahrenheit. The best cup of coffee that you can enjoy should never be served piping or boiling hot. The ideal temperature should be between 150 F and 175 F.


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