The coffee scene has propelled over the last few years, and gone are the days that being a barista is but a part-time stint; it is, in fact, a full-fledged career for many. We sat down with Harry Grover, owner of Forty Hands, to ask him some of the criteria that he looks for when he is hiring a barista.
“Most of the staff that we have hired did not have much experience prior to joining us. It is a profession that you don’t really have to have any background. You just need to find the right people who are truly passionate about what they are doing,” Grover says.
At Forty Hands, a new staff needs to work the floor – wash cups, serve tables, do anything and everything – for a few months before they even get a chance to go near the espresso machine. Grover explains his rationale behind this: “I want to see people’s dedication. In order to be a good barista, you need to have the right attitude and work ethics. I am more inclined to hire someone who has worked at KFC for a long period of time than to hire someone who has experience at another café for only 3 months. If they can commit to doing all the crap jobs, then we are more than willing to teach them everything that we know.”
To sum up the chat with Grover, here are some of the things that you should know and possesses in order to be a good barista.
Nakajima Suisan Grilled Fish at Takashimaya’s Japanese food court is one of the places that I usually go to when I want a quick-fix in town. The prices of the set meals — choose from Salmon Teriyaki ($12.50), Gindara Teriyaki ($14.50), and Shio Saba ($7.50) — are pocket-friendly. If you are meeting your friends in Orchard Road, head here for a simple and satisfying meal.
391A Orchard Road Basement 2
Takashimaya Food Hall Ngee Ann City
There are lots of interesting things about coffee that I want to share with you, so I worked with the good people from Infographic.SG - a data visualisation and infographic design agency by Edge Media – to come up with this visually appealing infographics to highlight some of the fun facts about coffee.
It is a really long infographics, so click more to read the rest.
Stopped by the aroma of coffee but baffled by the various kinds of coffee beans? Captivated by the brew and foam art but never knew the studies behind coffee making? If you have always wanted to learn how to make coffee, let us show you how. We took a barista crash course with Ryan Kieran Tan from Strangers Reunion, and he shared with us some of his secrets and tips to make the perfect cup of coffee.
Here is a step by step guide on how to make coffee.
When I have cravings for Korean food, I like to go to Crystal Jade Korean BBQ Buffet. Their Nex outlet has a decent buffet spread and you can get the usual marinated meat and fish. The food is nothing fantastic, but it is acceptable for the price (weekdays: $24 nett for lunch, $28 nett for dinner; and weekends: $28 nett for lunch, $32 nett for dinner). There is also a students’ promotion $16.50 nett for lunch buffet on weekdays.
23 Serangoon Central
Tel: +65 6634 4920
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm -10pm
Surfing is a surface water sport whereby the surfer rides on the forward face of a wave towards the shore. It may seem easy, but until you have tried it, you will never know how challenging it really is.
Many thoughts came to mind when I was battling the waves and trying to not drink too much sea water. And while balancing my quest and having fun, here are some important life lessons that I have learned from surfing.
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It has been a while since my last visit to Relish by Wild Rocket, so I went there for lunch during a weekend, and I am happy to report that their burgers are still very good – Relish remains one of my favourite burger joints in Singapore.
After spending a day with Ryan from Strangers Reunion - who is also Singapore National Barista Champion 2011, 2012 & 2013 – to learn more about coffee, I have a newfound respect for the beverage. In order to make the perfect cuppa, there are many factors in play, and the next time you have a cappuccino at your favourite cafe, do thank the barista for satisfying your caffeine addiction.
Here are 5 things you should know about coffee.
I really don’t visit Sydney often enough. But whenever I am there, I can trust a few friends to show me some of the best eating places. The following is a few of the must-go places, especially for first-timers to the city. Here is my guide to where to eat in Sydney.
I relaunched ladyironchef’s current website design back in October last year and I am still loving the sleek and clean look. All credits have to go to the folks at PRODD – a creative digital agency specialising in any designed-related issues from branding to implementation.
Kevin and Hong Guan are very professional and efficient, and they always understand my ideas and execute them perfectly. I can always trust them to deliver, especially since I know nuts about IT-related stuff.
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Words and photographs by Natalie Koh
Daylesford is perfect for a short getaway from the bustling city of Melbourne with only an hour and a half drive out north-west. Be ready to be greeted with great food, beautiful sceneries and wonderful people. Explore this amazing town with me as we visit three of the key attractions.