Being a food critic, Simone Egger understands well the erotic appeal of slow drips and frothy tops. To this end, she’s written a new book, The Home Barista, that instructs you step by step on how to properly use that home coffee machine you’ve been creating mutant brews with. The Home Barista will coach you on the best beans and the correct lingo, but we’ve pulled out her instructions on getting the milk just so. Over to you, Simone…
Texturing uses the machine’s steam to aerate and heat milk, which alters the milk’s sugars and proteins to make it sweeter and fuller. The aim is to get froth that is smooth and creamy, low on bubbles and cool enough to drink straight away. Overheated milk will mess up the coffee’s flavour and ruin any chance of that ideal, creamy microfoam, so practice and practice some more until you get it right, because there are few feelings more satisfying than pouring perfectly-textured milk.… Read more
Melbourne, you’ve been sitting on the edge of whatever surface it is that you sit for months now, and we can finally bring you relief: the cool cats bringing you our first cat café have found a site. It’s all systems go.
In case you’re not up to speed, a cat café is a place in which cats for the petting and lattes for the drinking co-exist in harmony. The location of all your future joy-filled mornings is Queen Street, right near the Queen Vic markets. Which means jam doughnuts and love.
But we’re not just happy for our own sake. According to your new favourite person, café co-owner Anita Loughran, they will be finding all of their cats from Melbourne’s Lost Dogs home and GAWS – the Geelong Animal Welfare Society.
The café renovations will take a couple of months (and if you want to make a donation, they’re launching another indiegogo campaign, which you find through their site here) but they’re hoping to open by July, after giving the cats a couple of weeks to settle in.… Read more
Cats and the internets. Best of friends, forever
London’s first café is now open. Portland in the US is about to get all feline friendly too. And here in Melbourne, we’re awaiting the opening of our own cat café with white-knuckled anticipation.
If this is the first you’ve heard of it, allow us to explain: it’s a café, with cats. You pet them and drink tea. And soon, Melbourne couple Anita and Myles Loughran will be opening one. But where are we at now? How long must we wait for our cats and coffees and the joy that they’ll bring for ever and ever?
Not long, apparently. For the past few months, the Loughrans have been raising money through crowd funding campaigns on indiegogo.com, and now that they’re done with their second campaign, it’s go time.
According to Anita, the physical site applications are in (they’ve applied for a few spots, all in the CBD) and the council has given them a big cat-loving thumbs up.… Read more
Melbourne is a great city. We have awards and pissed off Sydneysiders to prove it. But here at Time Out, we’ve sometimes looked to Tokyo with its bizarre gameshows and sexy robot bars with a degree of envy.
No more. Following a trip to the land of wonder, Melbourne couple Anita and Myles Loughran have decided to try and bring a little bit of whimsical crazy to our fair town in the form of a cat café.
Cat cafés, if you’re not familiar, are essentially a hybrid of a coffee shop and a petting zoo – albeit one stocked entirely with felines. The idea is to provide people who can’t own a pet full time with the chance to make believe for the duration of a drink for a small petting fee.
Latte art is the flare bartending trick of the coffee world. And sadly, just like those outstanding feats of acrobatic drinksmanship made famous by our favourite Scientologist Tom Cruise in Cocktail, it’s no longer taken as seriously as it once was. But dammit, we wish it was. Life is better when your morning coffee comes fancied up with a swan, skull or picture of genitalia. Which makes us all kinds of excited that the World Latte Art Championships are coming to Melbourne during the Melbourne International Coffee Expo next year.
Here’s some sweet latte art in the making to get you revved up.