By the time you read this blog I will be winging my way across the country, the Pacific Ocean, the International Dateline and many other places. Bottom line, I will spend a lot of time on an airplane traveling to Singapore in early June. All total about 20 hours not including layovers! I will be spending a few weeks there teaching students not about coffee, but aviation maintenance and safety. We will talk about my love of aviation in later blogs. And yes, I do love a lot of things in life.
The graphic above is an explanation of the different types of kopi in Singapore. Kopi is of course the local word for coffee. The correct pronunciation kaw-pee and the word is Malay/Hokkien. A Kopitiam is the local word for a coffee shop and the local shops are plentiful around the country. Starbucks shops are also peppered around the city of Singapore, but we won’t talk about Starbucks coffee in our blogs. Suffice to say if you have seen one Starbucks, you have seen them all!
This is my second year teaching in Singapore and I will admit that last year I did not take a lot of time to explore the local coffee shops. I believe it was because the hotel coffee was so bad that it depressed my coffee urge! As Singapore has many ties to British traditions I did find the tea more palatable and kept my caffeine intake to tea only. Tea rooms were also a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours in the afternoon!
However, I do promise this year that I will sample the local coffees and attempt to become proficient in the differences between such variations as Kopi Po and a Kopi-O. The main differences appear to be the amount of water and condensed milk. However, I will let you know! Note the use of condensed milk to lighten the coffee and not cream or half and half. So wish me luck and I will take pictures to share on future blog posts. I am sure I will have some interesting stories to tell about my adventures too! As I will be traveling the blogs will be taking a hiatus for the month of June. But be sure to check in with us on Twitter @DarkCornerCC and Facebook at Dark Corner Coffee Co. as I will be posting to those accounts during my travel. Dark Corner Coffee will be open for business as usual so be sure to buy a bag of your favorite blend like Dark Corner Classic, stock up or try a sample today! See you in July!