All posts tagged: latte art

Humans of coffee: Tim Jay

Who is Tim Jay? Tim Jay is a 29 year old who spent a lot of years drifting across Australia and a few other countries. Though I tried to follow the path mapped out for me and my peers as a teenager – study, university, career and buying a house –  I never really believed in it. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, it just wasn’t for me. So I travelled, worked as a chef, book store clerk, photographer, journalist, actor, model and a whole lot of other things in between. Like a lot of other people out there, I struggled for years with depression and got through that with the help of friends and taking up a solid exercise regime. I discovered coffee when I was in Cambodia. Looking back now there was nothing particularly special about that coffee other than being freshly roasted. Maybe it was the place too, Cambodia is haunting and beautiful. What is your best childhood memory? I’d be lying if I said I had one. I had a somewhat difficult …

Jozi Blue

Trust me, I know how difficult it is to get into coffee. I remember the first time I had a proper chat with a barista. He had just served me a flat white. It looked like a cappuccino to me but I wasn’t in the mood for an argument. Instead I did the slow nod of appreciation. He began to explain that they were serving a Guatemalan that day. I had a quick look around but didn’t notice anyone interesting. He carried on to say that he was excited for me to taste it as it was a “complex coffee with hints of cocoa.” I nodded some more. I was still nodding when I realized he had stopped talking and was waiting for me to take my first sip. While I sipped he added that coffee generally is amazing. That while wine has about 750 “taste profiles”, coffee has more than 1500! Then he paused his excitement and asked: “So what do you think?” I assumed he wanted to me to distinguish which of the 1500 …