深夜咖啡吧台

Mobile Phone, Photography

上月初,我添置了一套幾年來一直非常想學到的虹吸器具。
原來,自己想要的好咖啡不雖要一間新潮咖啡店、不雖要指定的咖啡師,有了意識技巧,什麼地方、時間,自己便去當這位咖啡師,用心製作完倒入喜愛的一套杯具,慢慢細味。

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自己也好奇是什麼或何時驅使到我去弄咖啡,這應該大概九年前我初次接觸到第一個手磨,當時亦單純地想節省咖啡店每杯的價錢,自己沖一下latte。

接着2014年,我留意到咖啡精品化的新熱潮,購入了最新的專用電子磅和一套簡單的組合,還到家附近的店去偷師。 當時其實並不太欣賞沒奶像水水的咖啡,總覺得怪怪的,又不是茶,但看起像茶多過一切。 當時可能本地淺炒的豆不是現在的成熟。不過數次後我放下了手沖,走回奶啡。

專用電子磅在我自由工作時的低谷期間賣掉了應變。

隨後,我反而接觸品茗台灣茶 – 高山烏龍、發酵紅茶等等,蓋碗也玩過了一年多。

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之後兩年,我初次踏入了元朗這間獨立咖啡館,裝潢像似日式的老店一樣,我一心去試下2013年世界冠軍的咖啡,就是這樣我一個人坐在吧台上一睹咖啡師的英姿,這便是我初次看到虹吸的操作。 漸漸理解到我杯上的咖啡好極也只是一杯咖啡產品, 反而可以看到沖煮過程 (表演) 才會了解這是杯怎麼樣的咖啡。 不竟路途遙遠,定價不算親民,我只有半年光顧一次。

直至上年中,我無意中留意了有關台灣的咖啡影片,片中的老闆霸氣和幾下散手便是好東西; 我在想,不如跟著霸氣老闆的影片學學吧。 我便先忘記過去的工具和不好經驗,投資一些基本而適合自己的工具。 我的小角落就此誔生了一小吧台。

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器材不斷地升級的同時,自己也更了解什麼是一杯成功作,失敗又是什麼出了問題等等。 工作流程變得更精確利落,大大提升了過程的享受,咖啡自然地成為了生活的一大部分。

每期的一大樂趣便是選擇豆的產地國家、產區。 也多找了好幾間可靠的店去買豆。 同時,口味、特質也可以不同的沖煮方式和手法去表達,不同的配搭可按心情去決定。

這個興趣真的不是爆出來的,是可能因為我喜歡動手,可能我有接觸過茗茶,可能因為工作時學會了一些葡萄酒知識,可能我現在追求著家居擺設,可能品味上的改變,可能是接受不到昂貴又人迫又嘈的咖啡店,可能是網上影片中的一些重大啟發。 種種可能之下,只好說: 沒什麼,這只是我每天都必定會做的事。

Years Gone By

Photography

After all those years in the States, I had friends. Most were students, some were ex-colleagues. Some remained in touch, some just disappeared (back then Facebook was still so new) no matter how hard I try looking them up. There’re always something I have in mind want to say to them as time gone by. They’re part of who I’m now, whether it’s the time we spent in school, hangout, workspace. There were all there for a reason.

If somebody still remembers you, you just have to be thankful you are part of their life as well. You might be just a tiny role under his/her long list of friends. At very least, you are bounded by care and aware of the past in a very similar like way you do.

The Bride

The Groom

This friend of mine used to worked in the same office with me while in the States. He’s not the most talkative in front of me, but in and out of the office he had taught me a few things. He’s always calm on the outside and inside is like a super computer working a formula to solve an equation. Yes, he was in the I.T./computer science territory. In order to readapt life in Hong Kong and he refigured his formula – his career. He’s a role model.

His wedding last year was his milestone, a beginning to a new life. He specially asked me to take down two dozens of photographs in positive film. I could not be happier to capture these moments in a (analogue) way no other would understand. Perhaps results did not come the way I wanted because of all the restrictions in church and their own hired photographers/videographers. These two keepers may not even be in perfect exposure, to me there’s enough room (hopefully him too) to reimagine the entire day as part of the memory. A bride whom I did not know and my friend looking down the aisle.

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These came from my backup camera for the day. I love the documentary part of my first unofficial attempt on a wedding shoot. And I also love the fact that, “do not expect me to give you results you’d expect from a traditional wedding photographer, but I’m going to show you something else”. 

Ordinary People

Photography

The most inspiring people can be just anybody around you, given if you have a chance to know them. They do not have to be the big shots or their glamorous second generations, they do not have to be the best in what they pursuit, they do not have to be the wisest person. Somehow you realize they exist for a reason with a special personal trait. At the end of the day, they’re just ordinary people like any of us. Working day to day, then head home to see the family and love ones, eat and rest.

Thanks to the wonderful folks from The Loop, we’re making it like an on-going project. I have chances to visit these ordinary people and get to hear their stories. From that, I get to know more about my home in a broader sense. Frankly, I’d never need to meet these people or even travel to these remote places in my life. Maybe I’m just so disconnected to the city and its people. All the things I often hear gets filtered and re-written by the media. While it’s all different when we make each visit. It’s thousand times better to witness every words they say, the little habits they do, the tones they set, the presence they hold, I get my first personal digest from it.

Life is too short to swim in our own circles of boundaries, especially knowing mines’ are outrageously small. That’s why It’s incredibly satisfying to listen to their life journeys, some are adventurous, some are doing good deeds, some are fueling their dreams, some are staying true to their ancestral village and some are just getting back on the right track.

Read the full stories of these people:
https://www.theloophk.com/display/display-hk-homies/

Credits: Alan P. / The Loop HK