'Coffee brewing is my life'

Last Updated 19 January 2018, 17:58 IST

Arnon Thitiprasert, a native of Chiang Mai, Thailand, literally wears his love for coffee on his sleeves. A tattoo on his left arm lays bare his love for coffee. Arnon, who is in the city for the 'India International Coffee Festival 2018', is the winner of 'World Latte Art Champion 2017' and 'World Latte Art Battle Champion 2017'. His workshop, during the festival, demonstrated how effectively one could use latte art when making coffee. In an interview with Nina C George, Arnon spoke about his association with coffee.

How did your interest in coffee begin?

When I began working, I met a man who was a Latte art champion and every morning, I would watch him practice Latte art when making coffee. That was my first inspiration to learn Latte art. I began watching videos on YouTube and interacted with him to get a better understanding of what comprised Latte art.

Do you experiment when making coffee?

I have specialised in cappuccino involving Latte art which employs the science of milk. I experiment with everything to do with the coffee bean. The right temperature when roasting the coffee bean and the machine used are crucial to making a great cup of coffee. My experiments have helped me arrive at the right blend and taste. The technique of using milk, water and coffee bean cannot be compromised.

How did winning the Latte art competition help you?

Thanks to the competition, I got a deeper understanding of the perfect way of roasting the coffee bean, how to make a good Espresso and the right way of blending of different types of coffee beans.

Were your parents supportive of your decision to become a coffee brewer?

My parents never wanted me to become a coffee brewer and wanted me to become a doctor or an engineer. I chose to get into the coffee industry much against the wishes of my parents, but looking back I don't regret my decision because I am in my favourite space.

Tell us about the tattoo on your arm?

Coffee brewing is my life. I wanted a tattoo that showcased that love. It took me ten hours to get this done. The tattoo is a colourful mix of coffee flowers and leaves.

(Published 19 January 2018, 12:28 IST)

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