java moment

Thursday, August 28, 2008 12:17
Posted in category Randomness

EDIT// I changed the layout – AFTER AEONS – however, the site’s now officially on a Gmail-esque “open beta”. The layout’s not 100% OK because of some cross-browser glitches that even the CSS experts I knew couldn’t help me solve (I asked!), and also some PHP scripting stuff gone wrong. That’s because I tried rewriting certain parts of the WordPress code and have yet to debug (GAAAAARGH!) But progress is slow partly due to the fact that I’ve been slammed with other stuff (cue voice – “isn’t that always the case?!”) – then again, school IS starting, and I’m flying back for my 2nd year at Queen’s on the 2nd of Sept – so last minute preps and all that come to mind.

Details of the design? Look HERE. If anyone has any tips on how to fix whatnot in the design, I’ll be eternally grateful.//END EDIT

When you have a mug of steaming hot coffee (if you don’t take coffee, your fave hot drink) in front of you, what comes to mind? Comfort probably, sugar rush perhaps, or other things amont that. Be it hot java, chai, Milo, milk, Horlicks, cocoa (with marshmallows!) or something, I always enjoy that warm fuzzy feeling I get with a cup of said drink on a cold (rainy) day – whether I’m alone, or with people.

Believe it or not, one of my dreams as a young teen (I’m in my mid-teen years now) was to run a cafe. It wouldn’t be a big chain like Starbucks; rather, I had 2 options of what I wanted the ambience to be like – the first one being one of those cafes that give you that cosy, quaint feel. On the other hand, I like sleek, clean, modern design too; and I thought that would be nice as well. I wasn’t sure then what foods/drinks I wanted to serve; but I knew that alcohol would be a no-go. Instead, I’d serve hot java and such during the cold days, and swap to smoothies on the warmer ones. Plus little tidbits for the hungrier – I love baking. I think it would be a plus if a cafe had its stuff made in-store on the very day instead of keeping it in the freezer box for aeons, then shoving it in the microwave. Impractical perhaps; but I’ve always been a sucker for fresh, homemade stuff.

I think I’ve always liked entertaining that idea of running a cafe, simply because 1) I love comfort, and more so if I can find it away from home; 2) I like the fact that you get to see so much happening in front of you. You never know who could be sitting at the other tables – it could be a bunch of happy BFFs chatting away over skinny lattes, that surly teen with a frappuccino addiction, the lovers waiting to meet (peppermint chai for her, cappuccino for him), that budding writer/everyday businessman who either loves the place or needs a break from the office. But then again, you might be absorbed in your own work/worries for all I know. I’m just the kind who likes to observe my surroundings, so there.

People seem to find solace or other things in hot drink for some reason. J.K. Rowling’s major literary debut, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, was written in a cafe – she had her baby daughter and a cup of cappuccino with her while she slaved away at the manuscript. In Jack Tigg (the boarding house I reside in during term-time), everyone has an addiction to Cadbury’s Hot Chocolate during the colder months; the milk in our fridge somehow ends up in a mug in the microwave, and then gets some Hot Chocolate powder mix stirred in.

Me? I’m a quirk; I don’t use the mix provided in the house. I prefer to heat the milk together with real chocolate bars and whizz it (with those battery-operated hand-held foamers) until it’s foamy. It ends up nice and creamy, though; because I actually use chocolate. One day it may be Galaxy chocolate mixed in the milk; it could be Cadbury Flake bars the next day, and Hershey’s chocolate the day after. Both milk and dark chocolate get used; the latter more often.

And for the record, yes, I do want to work as a barista or something at a Starbucks, Coffee Republic, Costa, AMT Coffee or something-along-those-lines someday. Well, that’s if we look at jobs that don’t involve alcohol mixes (by that, I’m thinking bartender or cocktail mixer.) Then again, just random thoughts.

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6 Responses to “java moment”

  1. Skye says:

    August 28th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    I really like the layout; it’ll definitely be really cool once all the quirks are smoothed out.

    As you know, I work in a bookstore that has a cafe in it and about half of the time, I’m working as a barista. As long as you pick a place for your shop not around a chain and build up your clientele so that you get a lot of regulars, you should be fine. You’d just need to keep good records of how much you usually use so that you don’t end up throwing much away. Learn your product, your customers, and invest in good help and you’ll do fine.

    I would definitely suggest that you work in a few different cafes before you start your own, though. You’ll be able to see what works, what doesn’t, etc. while also learning the intricacies of the business. :) :)

  2. Michael says:

    August 30th, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I thought about opening a cafe / coffee shop / ice cream store at one point. At the time I had just discovered Gelato and thought it would be great for that type of environment. I also had visions of an acoustic guitar player sitting in a corner and big couches and chairs for people to sit and study or read in.

    The name of the place was to involve the word “carrot” and there would be a big, neon carrot outline on the wall somewhere inside. I was thinking “The Funky Carrot” but I don’t know if “funky” is something you’d want in the name of a place serving food. :)

  3. Faye says:

    September 1st, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Mei, I love love so much your new layout OMG. And what have you done with your hair? Nice. =D (sorry, I’m kinda forgetful and tend to skip blogs) A friend of mine thought about opening a cafe too, or rather a Christian cafe with Christian music and a frame of memory verse or two hanging some where around.. Nice. Maybe you can think about it too. =D

  4. Aneesah says:

    September 5th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I, too, love this layout! It seems so personal, you know? Customised, all that. :D The wood grain background is actually really unique, never seen a wooden background on a site till today. :P Oh, and something really odd happened just now, though it might be just my touchpad or something. I scrolled down to the footer, and when I wanted to scroll up again, the page magically scrolled down all by itself. Again and again. =P Kinda spooky, but I’m pretty sure it was my fault somehow. Nothing to do with the layout, ’cause I opened a new tab with it, and it’s all fine.

    Anyway, omgosh I’m fasting right now, and the image/taste of a warm glass of Milo from a kedai mamak is so … mmmmm. ^^

  5. nyuu says:

    September 7th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    aww i like this new layout, i think i’ve been to your blog before and this layout is very eye catching.
    Wow flying back for school? Sounds like a lot of hassle, but sounds fun at the same time. lol I’ve always wanted to work in a coffee shop as well, even though i am not a coffee drinker..but i do love the smell. ^-^

  6. ayme says:

    September 11th, 2008 at 10:30 am

    omg love the new site!!!
    xD i like hot cocoa does that count?! of course it does.. rofl.
    I like the theme of the layout and the colors.. so autumny to me..
    =D