Well hello there! It's been a crazy month, exams and assignments and all. But enough with the excuses, lets just get right into the highlight of this week!
Today was an exciting day; my friends from Lokal Cold Brew did their first private coffee tasting event, and I supported them by providing some delicious Pound Cakes! I've never really talked about what Lokal is, so here's a quick summary:
Lokal Cold Brew is a Coffee startup founded by three guys with super high entrepreneurial spirit. The startup was founded in 2014 over a Starbucks bromance date. The founders of Lokal (Niko, Sam and Sean) decided that they wanted to start a business that could promote the country that they're from (Indonesia! That's also where I'm from!). It's really sad that not a lot of people know that a lot of their coffee comes from Indonesia. The next time you visit Starbucks, look for words like "Sulawesi", "Sumatra" and "West Java", those are islands in Indonesia! There was one time that a girl in my science class told me that she thinks Sumatra is in Thailand, and I couldn't have been more frustrated! FYI - a lot of your other spices like cinnamon are also from Indonesia. Watch this video for more information on that.
Our event today was quite a wake up call for me. There were so many things to take care of, so many things that needed to be done. It took a lot of effort; from waking up extra extra early, prepping the night before, finding the right ingredients for my cake and many more (in the midst of the final exams that we have to study for at that). The Lokal crew also had plenty on their plate; I've personally watched them prep this event since who-knows-when (probably like 6-8 months?). It took a very long and tedious process.
Throughout the event I wondered about what could possibly keep these three dudes going, and what kept me going in baking and making goods when I have four scary final exams coming up. In the midst of all the other things that we have to handle in life, how do we find the time to do things like these? At the coffee tasting event I accidentally overheard a friend saying, "you've got to have a lot of passion to be able to do this". That was it! Passion! That's the fuel that keeps you going through failure and tedious tasks.
At the end of the day, without passion we are no different from machines. In this age of automation and robots, we humans are still of value because we have something that robots and machines don't. Passion drives. Passion pushes you to the limit. It will require you to work hard and make lots and lots of sacrifices, but when you're doing what you're most passionate about, you will shine! :) What are you passionate about? Feel free to comment below! :)