Archive for October, 2008


Coffee @ Barista……..

After a hectic routine work this week, finally this saturday Vivek and me decided to have Fun @ Barista for some time and get ready for an action packed week ahead……..

Barista is one of my fav’ Hangouts, the cool and romantic ambience it offers is wat i believe pulls me to that place. When it’s Coffee, Swiss Choclate , delicious thick icecreams and some really good chicks around………hmmm i guess now i dont need to explain much…….

There are several Funky phrases used @ Barista , some like Espresso , Cappuccino, Latte , Mocha etc…….if its first visit then obvious that we get confused wat to order……i did face this situation.

Some of the categories we can choose are Hot Coffees, Cold Coffees , Hot Non Coffees , Cold Non Coffees , Ice Creams etc….

Here’s Some idea on few terms used @ this place…… 

Espresso or caffè espresso (often mispronounced as: expresso ) is a concentrated coffee beverage brewed by forcing very hot water under high pressure through coffee that has been ground to a consistency between extremely fine and powder.

As a result of the high-pressure brewing process, all of the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of coffee are concentrated. For this reason, espresso lends itself to becoming the base for other drinks, such as lattes, cappuccino, macchiato and mochas.

Cappuccino is a coffee-based drink prepared with espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam. A cappuccino differs from a caffè latte in that it is prepared with much less steamed or textured milk than the caffè latte with the total of espresso and milk/foam making up between approximately 150 ml and 180 ml (5 and 6 fluid ounces). A cappuccino is traditionally served in a porcelain cup, which has far better heat retention characteristics than glass or paper. The foam on top of the cappuccino acts as an insulator and helps retain the heat of the liquid, allowing it to stay hotter longer.

In Italian, latte is simply the word for milk. What in English-speaking countries is now called a latte is shorthand for "caffelatte" or "caffellatte" ("caffè e latte").The long Italian form literally means "coffee and milk", similar to the French café au lait and the Spanish café con leche.

Customers were not used to the strong flavor of a traditional Italian cappuccino and would ask for more milk. Speaking in Italian, he would tell the barista to put more latte (milk) in their cup. Finally he thought of putting a larger drink on the menu with the same amount of espresso but more steamed milk, and calling it a caffe latte. At first it was served in a bowl but soon they switched to a pint beer glass. Today lattes are often served in a wide mouth cup in order to show off hearts, rosettas and other latte art designs.”

Caffè macchiato sometimes called Espresso macchiato) a type of coffee, is espresso with a small amount of hot, foamed milk.

"Macchiato" simply means "marked" or "stained," and in the case of caffè macchiato, this means literally "espresso stained/marked with milk." Traditionally it is made with one shot of espresso, and the small amount of added milk was the "stain." However, later the "mark" or "stain" came to refer to the foamed milk that was put on top to indicate the beverage has a little milk in it (usually about a teaspoon [in fact, the Portuguese word for a macchiato is "pingo," which means "drop"]).

A Café mocha is a variant of a cafe latte. Like a latte it is typically one third espresso and two thirds steamed milk, but a portion of chocolate is added, typically in the form of a chocolate syrup, although other vending systems use instant chocolate powder. Mochas can contain dark or milk chocolate.

Unlike cappuccino, cafe mochas do not contain the well-known milk froth on top. They usually have whipped cream and a dusting of either cinnamon or cocoa powder. Marshmallows may also be added on top for flavor and decoration.

A variant is white café mocha, made with white chocolate instead of milk or dark. There are also variants of the drink that mix the two syrups; these are sometimes referred to as "Zebras", also, more comically referred to as "Tuxedo Mocha".

A term moccaccino is used in some regions of Europe and the Middle East to describe Café Latte with cocoa or chocolate. In the U.S. it usually refers to a cappuccino made with chocolate.

Café Mocha takes its name from the Red Sea coastal town of Mocha, Yemen, which as far back as the fifteenth century was a dominant exporter of coffee, especially to areas around the Arabian Peninsula.

Mocha is also a type of ‘chocolatey’ coffee bean (from Mocha in Yemen), whence may come the association with chocolate and the development of the chocolate-espresso drink. In Europe ‘mocha coffee’ can refer either to this drink or simply to coffee brewed with mocha beans.

    

ref: http://www.barista.co.in/coffee.htm

Hot Non Coffees

 

 

Know the Product : Cyber-shot DSC-T7

I have this camera and being using it past few months.

Sony hasannounced the ultra-slim Cyber-shot DSC-T7. This camera is the latest in the T line of ultra-compact digital cameras, the unique feature of this amazing little digital camera is that it is only 14.8 mm / 0.6 in ‘thin’ (9.8 mm / 0.4 in at the thinnest part). It feels about half the thickness of the recently announced DSC-T33 and is approximately the same size from the front. Sony has achieved this by placing the LCD monitor to the side of the lens assembly (yes, this camera still has a three times optical zoom folded lens). Unlike the recent T models the DSC-T7 has has sliding cover / power switch just like the original DSC-T1.
  
Thanks to a highly efficient design, the Cyber-shot T7 is just over a third-of-an inch, making it Sony’s thinnest, fully-featured model yet. Though small in stature, the camera packs a powerful punch. It has a 2.5-inch ‘hybrid’ LCD screen, covering about two-thirds of the back of the camera, which is perfectly sized for framing, displaying and sharing pictures.
Through Sony’s distinctive miniaturization and high-density packaging technology, the camera incorporates virtually all the benefits of other T series models despite its amazing thinness. It features 5.1 effective megapixel resolution and an enhanced power management system for extended shooting time. Folded within the sleek body also lies a Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens with 3x Optical Zoom.
 
Unbelievable Imaging
One of the camera’s most distinctive features is an anti-reflection Clear Photo LCD ™, which enhances viewing quality by preventing reflected light from interfering with the displayed image. The LCD offers a number of improvements, including higher contrast, brightness and resolution. Whether you’re entertaining at home or out snowboarding, the LCD allows you to spot your subject easily, whatever the lighting conditions.
"This ultra-compact camera represents a milestone in ingenious design," said Hiro Takahashi, vice president for digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. "Thin is the theme, but this camera is absolutely bursting with great picture quality and style. The Cyber-shot T7 is a must-have camera for the fashion-forward crowd."
Simplicity Itself
Slide the front lens cover down and in just under one second, the camera is ready to capture images.
The ten Scene Selection modes mean you don’t have to worry about capturing the perfect shot, because the camera will help you do it. Simply select a mode, such as twilight, fireworks, beach or snow, and the camera will make all the necessary adjustments. A magnifying glass mode allows macro shooting up to 1cm from the object. A high-speed burst mode with great response is also available for quick shooting.
Speed and Battery Life
Sony’s Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry in the Cyber-shot T7 is lighting fast, so it can shoot full-resolution images at approximately one-second intervals. Even with its diminutive size and huge LCD on, the camera’s InfoLithium™ battery gets about 180 shots per charge so you can snap away to your heart’s content without fear of running down the power.
With optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media cards, the camera can also capture and play back high-resolution motion video on a removable, transferable card. The MPEG-VX fine mode helps to record MPEG video with 640×480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second, up to the capacity of the memory card being used. And when connected to a PictBridge™-compatible printer, such as Sony’s PictureStation® DPP-FP50 digital photo printer, printing a specific image is a breeze.
The Cyber-shot DSC-T7 camera is supplied with a 32 MB Memory Stick Duo™ media card, a NP-FE1 InfoLithium battery, connector block and external battery charger. 
 
 

Know the Product : W800i

 
I have been using W800i from past many days , hope this review will be useful for all the Sony Ericsson Lovers……..
 
Walkman is what this model is famous for…….
It’s a specialist for this kind (as it is popularly known as walkman phone). It has normal, voice, treble boost, bass , mega bass modes. Mega bass is a trademark  of sony ericcson. A dedicated music button, a direct media player button and a music volume control. A quality headset is included in the phone kit and the sound quality is really awesome with a 5 band equalizer to chose.
  
Camera is the one which i personaly love to use it….the clarity is amazing for a moderate user like me…….
It has a 2Mega Pixel  Camera with 4X optical zoom option and video recording capability. It has a camera with flash(sos lighting also) and Cap cover for lens safety and autofocus which no other mobile can give. The camera also have lots of settings option to use like macro mode, night mode, white balance etc and also includes a flash light to use in low light. The pictures taken are crisp and clear. We get 2mb size pictures, good enough to upload on your mail and send to your friends.
  
Radio….i think i need to be more carefull with this as it sucks all my battery power whenever i try to use this feature: It has a separate antenna and Unique RDS feature. The speaker facility can also be used with phone calls and radio and walkman.
 
Power and Charging: Battery life is also very good with upto 9hrs of talk time and 400hrs of standby time.
 
Memory: It has 34mb inbuilt phone memory and 512mb expandable memory stick produo. I have been using 4GB memory card and it works well….
Cost: Rs:7000-10000, this i got it for around 21000 and OMG now its dead cheap!!!!!
Screen Resolution: It has a 262,144-colour TFT screen.
Connectivity: You can connect it to PC,any other device through blue tooth, infrared or USB 2.0.
The Bluetooth headset which we use with mobile is a perfect one as Bluetooth and connectivity feature is ericcson’s innovation.
 
The sound quality is ultimate with good connectivity features may it be with radio or Bluetooth or infrared. The camera quality is excellent with very good output pictures. Walkman is also a very good feature. The expandable memory is interesting as we can keep memory card in laptop directly and copy all the files from PC to MOBILE and MOBILE to PC.
 
 
Now i feel ,this model is irresistible…….