New Interesting Methods to Try with Your Daily Coffee at Home

If you are like most working adults, you're probably tired - and you love your coffee.

Drinking coffee is an essential catalyst to jump-start our day. Since most of us are still advised to stay at home, why not spice up our coffee making experience? 

We have invited two coffee masters and a real-life couple, Rafael and Rachel, to show us some simple and unconventional methods of brewing coffee at home.



Rafael and Rachel have been working in the coffee industry for more than 6 years with current leading coffee companies such as Starbucks Coffee and Coffee Bean. They are considered to be in high and reputable positions in their field. This lovely pair spent most of their bonding moments exploring and studying coffee, they surely know how to grow their knowledge and relationship together. 


Before we start, these methods would require you essential coffee making equipment such as a coffee press and/or pour-over equipment. Some ingredients and tools are interchangeable depending on your preference.

Video version of the following methods will also be posted soon! So stay tuned!


Iced Cappuccino with no espresso machine.

(Rafael wearing Magnetic Closure Jacket / Front Pleated Top / Checked Linen Trousers

Rachel wearing Raglan Sleeve Button Top / Suspender Trousers)

 

 

Cappuccinos are composed of “espresso” and milk and they have a dense foam on top. Cappuccinos are usually made and frothed with an espresso machine’s steaming wand but for this homemade technique, you will only need a “coffee press” to create the foam.

To make things extra special, We’ve decided to make an iced coffee that is brewed with the “Pour-over”. You may use other brewing methods for your coffee depending on your preference and what you can access at home.



Step 1: Make Cold Foam



1. Pour cold milk into the French press.
2. Keep plunging the milk for about 15 minutes until it becomes frothy. Yes, we know that this drink is a work-out but it will definitely pay off.

    Step 2: Brew Espresso Coffee Over Pour Over

    1. Weigh the coffee. ( preferably 40g for this beverage )

    The ratio used in this coffee:

    1:5 - 10g of coffee of your choice to 50g of water.

    2. Grind the coffee to “coffee drop” setting.

    ( If you don’t have a coffee grinder, you can ask your local coffee shop to grind for you. )

    3. Place the paper filter into the cone and “pre-wet” the paper filter with hot water to prepare the equipment.

    ( Don’t forget to dispose the water afterwards )

     4. Pour coffee grinds into the cone and make sure to level the coffee grinds to a flat surface.

     5. Set the weighing scale to 0 and prepare the equipment with hot water.

    6. Start brewing by pouring, blooming and making the coffee wet for approximately 30 seconds.

    ( Continue pouring in a circular motion until it reaches the water weight of approximately 200g. )

    7. Wait for the coffee to drip and brew completely.

     

    Step 3: Serve

    1. Take a cup and fill it with ice.
    2. Fill the cup with 2/3 of milk.
    3. Fill it out with the brewed coffee. 
    4. Enjoy your new beverage!

       

      Iced Coffee with Raw Fruits

      Yes, Coffees have flavors but have you thought of adding natural fruit flavors to your daily coffee? For this method, The iced coffee is brewed over the pour-over method and fresh Blueberries were added to it.

      The ratio used in this specific beverage.

      1:5 - 40g of coffee to 200g of water

      Step 1: Pour-over Preparation

      ( you may use your own brewing method preference. )

      1. Weigh coffee ( preferably 40g for this beverage )

      2. Grind the coffee to the “coffee drop” setting

      ( If you don’t have a coffee grinder, you can ask your local coffee shop to grind for you. )

      3. Place the paper filter into the cone and “pre-wet” the paper filter with hot water to prepare the equipment.

      ( Don’t forget to dispose the water afterwards )

       

      Step 2:  Extracting the fruit (berry)

      1. Pour 15 pieces of blueberries into a cup. 

      ( You may change blueberries to a different fruit. Feel free to experiment!  )

      2. Crush the berries with a spoon/fork until it becomes a jelly-like substance.

      Step 3: The Brewing

      1. Put berries inside the pour-over cone followed by the coffee grinds

      ( Make sure to level the coffee grinds to a flat surface )

      2. Set the weighting scale to 0 and prepare the equipment with hot water.

      3. Start the brewing by pouring, blooming and making the coffee wet for approximately 30 seconds. Continue to pour in a circular motion until it reaches the water weight of 200g.

      4. Brewing is complete when the coffee drips slowly.

       

      Step 4: Finishing


      (Rafael wearing Black Craftsman’s Top / Jacquard Noragi Kimono / Soft Tailored Pants

      Rachel wearing Stark Kimono Coat / Indigo Window Tee / Lightweight Ripstop Pants)

       

       

      1. Take a cup and fill it with ice.

      2. Fill the cup all the way with coffee.

      3. To make it more flavourful, add a few raw blueberries into the cup.

      4. Enjoy your new homemade beverage! 

       

       We love the ritual of brewing coffee from home, it's a reminder of the importance of slowing down -from weighing out the beans, to grinding them in a hand grinder, rinsing the filter with hot water, then slowly pouring the water over the ground coffee to see it bloom; it all makes an immersive experience and you get to enjoy it afterwards! 

      We hope these tips have helped you as it helped us. Now you can diversify your 'coffee fix' at the comfort of your home!  

      If you have more tips & tricks (not just in the coffee making), feel free to share it with us! Don't be shy to tag us too if you’ve tried the methods that we’ve shared.

      Enjoy your day along with your new beverage!



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      5 Essentials to Elevate Your Home Office

      Working from home has become the “new normal” and people are starting to invest in their own “little office” at home. Even though some of you might have gone back to the office, most of us are still working from home.

      We understand how a comfortable setting will help boost productivity and mood when working from home. So here at GRAYE, we have curated some '' Work from Home Essentials'' to share with you. These are the essentials that the GRAYE team uses daily and it absolutely helps us to be at our best! We hope you will find it useful too.

       

      Disclaimer: Graye is not affiliated or sponsored by any of the products and/or brands featured in this blogpost and this content is merely about suggesting enhancements of home experience. Also for the home privacy of the members of our team, some photos are taken in the studio. Safety precautions were observed in the making of this.

       

      1. Ambient Light

       

      First in the list, ambient lights. Lights and colors have been proven to biologically and psychologically affect our mood, health, and well being. Having ambient light will help set the tone in your workspace whether it be chandeliers, tracking lights, wall or ceiling-mounted fixtures. You might be asking “but we already have a light in our ceiling?”. In that case, picking the right one with the right intensity and warmth is the next thing to figure out.

       

      2. Aroma Diffuser / Essence

       

      Another great way to set the mood is through environmental scent. Scents affect people’s mood, behaviour, and work performance. Not only it smells good but scents have strong neurological connections that trigger emotions. According to Scientific American’s article, scent affects us because of our association with certain memories/occasion to it. So if you use the similar lemongrass essential oil from your company’s office, you might internalize that you’re actually working at the office.

       

      3. Speakers

       

      Yes, you have your own earphones or headphones but speakers won't tire your ears for longer periods of usage and it still provides an environmental experience. No matter what genre that you’re listening to, Music gets us grooving and moving and it definitely helps us get into rhythm which leads to better workflow.

      Also! Graye has curated a new series on IGTV called “Tunes with GRAYE” and it is a curation of lo-fi and chill beats that’ll accompany you for your cozy day. You can check it here.

       

      4. Drinkware

       

      Whether you’re a coffee or tea person, Acquiring high quality drinkware is worth an investment. Not only you will be drinking from the same cup for years but it will also be a great compliment for your work desk or room. Picking a cup that suits your set-up will visually compliment the surrounding and that relaxes our eyes. 

      On a side note, We also shared some tricks that you can do at home to enhance your coffee experience. You may view it here.


      5. GRAYE Shirt

       

      Last but not the least, tapping into our sense of “feeling” through the clothes that we wear is essential. Wearing a comfortable soft cotton shirt can complete and create the ultimate experience of working from home. Not only is it comfortable but an elegant white shirt can be your new “uniform” at home because you don’t have to worry about looking unprepared in your zoom meetings. (Just don’t forget to comb your hair)

      It may not be a shirt from GRAYE, but our team continuously takes the time and effort to research, explore and develop our designs. In line with this, New designs are coming your way! Soft drapey Tees, casual shirts with unique detailing and casual cotton pants that allows you to transit from work to leisure seamlessly. Meanwhile, we still have some stocks of tops available, you can get them here.

       

       

      All these essentials toggle human’s senses such as smell, sight, hearing, and feeling. With the help of these, our productivity & “work from home” experience could improve and it could inspire us to be at our best for work. These may be “little things” but it will definitely make huge improvements in our overall workflow at home.

      If there’s more that we have missed, feel free to share your thoughts with us and comment it down below!

      To learn more, you can read extended knowledge from our references for this blog.

      1. “What is Ambient Light and How to Get It Right” https://www.modern.place/what-is-ambient-lighting-and-how-to-get-it-right/ 
      2. “How Lighting Affects Mood” https://www.archdaily.com/922506/how-lighting-affects-mood
      3. “The Psychological Impact of Light and Color” https://www.tcpi.com/psychological-impact-light-color/
      4. “Do Scents Affect People’s Moods or Work Performance?” https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-scents-affect-peoples/
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      Artefact Campaign

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Model: Yumika Hoskin

      Photography: Rebekah Ong / Xie QianQian

      Videography: Jhorell Geronimo

      Styling: Rachel Lim

       

       

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      A for ARTEFACT

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      Graye is convicted of the environmental harm caused by overproduction and seek to do our part in minimising wastage in our production process. Most of our fabric waste and discarded clothing end up in landfills or are cast off to countries like China and India where women are employed in a tedious process to shred these discarded clothing back down to yarn- 

       

       

       

      Inspired by the existing materials around us, Graye's latest range, Artefact was born out of the necessity to change the way we design. The approach to Artefact is centred around 4 fundamental pillars:

      PRESERVATION- UPCYCLING FROM DEAD STOCK OR SURPLUS FABRICS

      Artefact reworks Graye's archived samples or other leftover textiles that are still usable. This allows for the preservation of resources that would otherwise gone to waste.. It also expands our creative challenge as designers to be more innovative with our consumption and production waste management.

      FUNCTIONALITY

      As with all other designs by Graye, Artefact pieces need to be functional and serve a purpose. This elevated utilitarian approach is more crucial now more than ever when we revaluate our clothing priorities. 

      DURABILITY

      Tried and tested, designs are made in-house with attention to form, function and quality. 

      ONE OF A KIND PIECES

      Due to the deconstruct-reconstruct method of creating these products, no one piece is the same. This adds to the charm of having your very own one of a kind design to enjoy for time to come. 

       

       

      As part of our commitment to change our design processes, Graye has quickly adapted our supply chain to produce more responsibly. All products from the Artefact range are made in extremely limited quantities based on surplus or pre-existing textiles and garments that we find in our own studio. We wanted to put in more effort in addressing the issue of production waste, 'dead stock' and defected products. Rather than simply having a sample sale, what could be more meaningful than to use these resources and turn them into beautiful pieces?

       

      Click here to view full Artefact Campaign.

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