Colour Latte Art Class by The Coffee Academics Singapore

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Author: Alex Chua

If you want to learn the dark art of crafting a perfect cuppa, The Coffee Academics might just be the right place. The award-winning coffee concept store hailing from Hong Kong, this specialty café sources only the best coffee beans from all over the world. It͛s roasted coffee offerings had been awarded 92 to 94 points by the World Coffee Review, achieving the distinct honour of being ranked highest in Asia and top three in the world. Not only does it serve quality coffee, The Coffee Academics teaches how to make one too. Being the first and only coffee house in Singapore to offer the Colour Your World Latte Art workshop, my friend and I, both impulsive coffee lovers but coffee-making novices, can͛t wait to try our hands on this beautiful craft.


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Teaching this creative workshop is the bubbly Head Barista Vanessa Caceres (centre). Having won the Coffee Champion title at the 2015 All Star Female Barista Latte Art Champion in Bogota, Colombia, Vanessa leads an expert team of baristas in its Signature Coffee Classes. Be sure to sign up early as the coffee classes are kept small and intimate to ensure maximum hands-on learning experience.


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At the beginning of the workshop, Vanessa covers the basics first, including how to brew a cup of expresso and milk frothing. Next, she introduced to us the intricate world of espresso latte art, and subsequently wow us away with a series of beautifully-drawn, colourful latte art designs. With consistent pulls and strokes, the Head Barista brought vibrancy of red, green and blue to the otherwise conventional white and brown. The colours used are naturally-extracted food dyes to prevent the taste from being compromised.


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Besides including colour dynamics to the cup, Vanessa drew intricate 3D art designs like the cute cat above. Her pleasant, affable personality was infectious and we the participants were constantly engaged and intrigued to what designs she would come up next. To ensure the workshop runs smoothly, the cafe uses only professional, state-of-the-art equipment and award-winning beans for the workshops. This class could also serve as great team-building activities or with like-minded friends (up to seven participants) who appreciate good design and coffee.


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͚Hey, let me draw your portrait,͛ she said enthusiastically, and in less than a minute and perhaps a few seconds of touch-ups later my friend͛s face floats on top of the latte. A visceral representation which he appreciates so much that he asked me to take a few pictures of him together with the cup for his Instagram profile pic.

Overall, I enjoyed my evening learning from Vanessa, and hopefully my friend did too. We went home happy of the deliciously brewed latte we sampled and a certificate of participation to boot. Moreover, we went home with a heightened appreciation of the many creative ways a simple cuppa could be crafted.

The Coffee Academics Singapore Flagship Store
#02-01/02, 6 Scotts Road, Scotts Square Singapore 228209

Magnumificent 25th Birthday!

MAGNUM just celebrated its 25th birthday at Avalon last Friday night! It was one of the best TGIF for me! We were warming cooly treated to a night of chocolate decadence and fashion highlights as well as the much-anticipated announcement of the return of the MAGNUM Singapore Pleasure Store!!

The grand entrance, the free flow of Magnum, Canapés and alcohol made me felt like I was a celebrity! They sure know how to pamper their guest well! It was also one of the first time where I was willing to stay till 12 midnight for an event.

Was there with the duo (HP and William), James, TC and myself. The night wouldn’t be the same without them because everyone was a little high.

My favorite used to be MAGNUM Gold. But right now…. It has shifted to…… Well, read on!

The lucky girl got to enjoy her MAGNUM with 4 other guys.

And then…. while I was touching up on the lip colour… the guys took a mirror reflection selfie.

We managed to rush out to witness the hammering of the gigantic ice cream! If you think it’s plastic or wood, you’re so wrong!

It is a gigantic MAGNUM! IT IS MADE OF CHOCOLATE!

They also collaborated with 2am:dessert bar chef, Janice Wong to design and create chocolate jewelry collection to compliment PAULINE.NING’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection.

Pauline Lim of PAULINE.NING also added a contemporary twist to the classic MAGNUM brand, to create “Decadence Cracked”. The dress was inspired by the first light of the day which illuminates the entire city.

Next, we also enjoyed making our DIY MAGNUM from the largest chocolate fountain in Singapore. It was standing at more than 1m tall and over 100kg of chocolate flowed through the fountain to provide us with the decadent experience of creating our own MAGNUM ice cream.

There were a few toppings to choose from, including my most favourite – rose petals.

However, instead of rose petals, I picked red hearts for my MAGNUM.

Sugar diamonds, red hearts and macadamia nuts were my “materials” for my MAGNUM.

And party does not end without getting intoxicated by alcohol. A few of us got really high from the champagne, hard liquor and wines.

A lot of them told me I was blessed to be kissed by 2 guys. Why isn’t it the other way round? Hahaha. Just kidding.

Also, in celebration of 25 years of pleasure, the new and final MAGNUM Singapore Pleasure Store will be transformed into a fantasy world of decadence, bringing Pleasure Seekers on a final but indulgent and unforgettable multi-sensory journey.

They have came up with a brand new flavor – MAGNUM Limited Edition with Marc de Champagne. Now that explains the champagne in the press kit! This is so far, the BEST in my opinion!

When I say it’s final, its final. So the final installation of MAGNUM Singapore Pleasure Store at Customs House Terrace will be opened to the public from now to 23 July 2014 from 12pm to 10.30pm daily. Be sure to try out the new silver items that are added to the menu!

New items include Silver Jubilee ($19) and Over the Moon ($11).

Speaking of Silver….

Another shot with Silver and friends.

Once again, Thank you MAGNUM for having us at your birthday bash!