a 6D Coffee Story

Srikanth Talluri
4 min readAug 8, 2023

Let’s explore an early early morning coffee-making experience using the 6D thinking framework:

  1. Discover (D1): As you wake up on a cold morning, you crave a warm and indulgent coffee experience. However, instead of your usual black coffee, you want to try something unique and exciting.

2. Define (D2): Clearly define your desire for a coffee experience. You envision a creamy and aromatic coffee with a touch of decadence.

3. Design (D3): Plan your linear coffee creation by imagining a latte infused with a delightful blend of spices like cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. You decide to use almond milk to add a nutty flavor.

4. Derive (D4): Gather the necessary resources, including fresh coffee beans, almond milk, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

5. Develop (D5): Begin the coffee-making process by brewing a strong espresso shot. While the coffee brews, heat the almond milk on the stovetop and infuse it with cinnamon and a drop of vanilla extract.

6. Deliver (D6): Once everything is ready, pour the creamy spiced almond milk over the espresso shot to create your unique latte. Take a moment to savor the rich aroma and indulge in the comforting flavors of your special coffee creation.

In this linear coffee-making experience, you deviated from your usual routine and introduced new ingredients and flavors, resulting in a delightful and unexpected coffee treat.

The 6D thinking framework allowed you to explore your creativity and experiment with different elements to craft a unique coffee experience that perfectly suited your mood and emotions.

Enjoy your delicious coffee!

Non-Linear 6D Coffee Making

Let’s apply the same 6D thinking framework in a non-linear fashion for coffee making and see how it fares.

  1. Discover (D1): On a warm afternoon, you feel like having a refreshing coffee beverage. You want to try something different from your usual hot coffee, so you decide to explore iced coffee options.

2. Define (D2): Clearly define your interest in making an iced coffee. Consider various iced coffee variations, such as cold brew, iced latte, or flavored iced coffee.

3. Develop (D5): Start the coffee-making process by choosing a cold brew method. Grind fresh coffee beans coarsely and steep them in cold water for an extended period to extract rich flavors without bitterness.

4. Deliver (D6): Once the cold brew is ready, pour it over ice in a glass. Add a splash of almond milk for creaminess and a drizzle of caramel syrup for sweetness. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra flavor.

5. Derive (D4): During the process, you decide to experiment with an additional twist. Instead of using regular almond milk, you try coconut milk, which adds a tropical touch to the iced coffee.

6. Design (D3): After tasting the coffee with coconut milk, you find it complements the cold brew exceptionally well. You decide to make a batch of coconut-infused cold brew to enjoy for the rest of the week.

By applying 6D thinking in a non-linear fashion, you explored various iced coffee options, modified the ingredients on the go, and discovered a delightful coconut-infused cold brew that perfectly suits your taste preferences.

This non-linear coffee-making experience allowed you to be creative and adaptable, resulting in a refreshing and enjoyable beverage for a warm afternoon.

Cheers to your unique iced coffee creation!

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Srikanth Talluri

6D Thinker, Researcher, Learner, Edupreneur, Changemaker, Foodie, Storyteller & Family man. Creating a neo-educational ecosystem for 21st century culture