Specialty Coffee & the Beauty of Breathing

Posted in COFFEE ADVICES
on August 20, 2018

Specialty Coffee & the Beauty of Breathing

Breath is the link between mind and body – Dan Brulé, world-renowned pioneer in Breathwork

Breathing is in our basic human nature. We need oxygen to nourish our bodies. With each breath, we also inhale various aromas from our environment. Aromas affect our thoughts and emotions in everyday life. Mindful breathing brings peace. Our sense of smell has a powerful effect on our brain’s many functions.

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THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AROUND DA LAT, VIETNAM: A COFFEE PARADISE

Posted in COFFEE TRAVEL
on August 14, 2018

Da Lat, Central Vietnam

They cooperate closely with farmers who own small coffee plantations in the outskirts of Da Lat. It is their aim to create a support framework to empower farmers so that they are fully equipped with the vital skills required to cultivate and process high-quality Arabica coffee beans. Passion goes a long way. Continue reading

Unique coffee spot La Viet in Da lat, Central Vietnam

Posted in COFFEE TRAVEL
on August 7, 2018
La Viet Coffee shop in Dalat

DA LAT

Light and transparency are some of the main features of La Viet. The high and open space of the innovative coffee shop is surrounded by glass walls, allowing passers-by to see what’s going on inside. Glass walls also surround the roaster and workshop inside the building. Pipelines are visible across the walls; they remind the guests that they are drinking their coffee in a place, which is also a factory. Continue reading

THE AROMA OF TARRAZU, COSTA RICA

Posted in COFFEE TRAVEL
on July 31, 2018
Arabica coffee beans on bantch

TARRAZU

We rented a car for 1 week and explored the Tarrazu region, which is located in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. This area is a gourmet coffee growing center of the country and a mecca for coffee-lovers.
While driving through the highlands and valleys, we passed many coffee fields. We saw quiet mountain towns surrounded by spectacular mountains, which are completely covered with shiny-leafed coffee bushes.

Coffee farm of Senior Fernando

We had been invited to visit the coffee farm of Senior Fernando Navarro Valverde, which is located in San Francisco/San Marcos de Tarrazu. His coffee plantation is about 1 hour away from Cartago, Costa Ricas first city and original capital founded in 1563. Continue reading

Loving Coffee Knowledgeably – coffee travel stories

Posted in COFFEE TRAVEL
on July 27, 2018

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

– Bertrand Russell

COFFEE TRAVEL STORY NO.1

When I was travelling around Asia, I spoke with many local baristas. I also used the chance to participate in various coffee brewing workshops.

I am amazed, how baristas in Asia generally have a strong desire to really understand the complex processes of coffee growing, harvesting, processing, roasting, brewing and tasting. They want to know, how one process has a causal effect on the other processes. Many Asian baristas enjoy to taste coffee knowledgeably. It brings them happiness to understand why for some brews the most notable flavor is blueberry or dark chocolate. Continue reading

Coffee brewing, or How to prepare great Pour-over coffee

Posted in COFFEE ADVICES
on July 24, 2018
Kettle with water and flowers

Trust our Instincts or Rely on Knowledge and Data?

Tuning into our physical sensations and gut instincts will help us in making the right decisions, not only when preparing coffee. Let’s not ignore what our body is trying to tell us.

Let’s not just follow recipes, without seeing, touching, tasting, listening and smelling.

glass of coffee

Abonzo coffee shop in Doi Chang

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THE GALLERY DRIP COFFEE, BANGKOK – A WORK OF ART

Posted in COFFEE TRAVEL
on July 21, 2018
Gallery drip coffee

LIFE IS ART.

The Gallery Drip Coffee shop is located at the bottom floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, right next to the entrance.

Surrounded by lofty glass windows, the space of the coffee-shop is limited yet it is bursting with inspiring work of art. Guests are invited to enjoy coffee while appreciating art in a relaxed atmosphere. Pi and Natthiti use their shop to promote the work of fellow artists.

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The Art of Specialty Coffee is not a competition

Posted in COFFEE MOMENTS
on July 19, 2018
Baristas at work

Life is not a competition. Living a fulfilled and meaningful life is about cooperation and compassion.

I like the idea of ‘Specialty Coffee Festivals’ that celebrate the idea of unity and diversity. It does not matter, who is ‘the best’ farmer, ‘the best’ roaster or ‘the best’ barista because ‘the best’’ does not exist. We are all different from each other, but not superior or inferior to others. Compared to all the aspects that differentiate us from each other, there are so many more things that we have in common. Let’s not compare ourselves with ‘others’, but let’s work together and be inspired every day!

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CHIANG MAI (Thailand) – A COFFEE PARADISE

Posted in COFFEE TRAVEL
on July 17, 2018
Wet coffee beans process

Chiang Mai region

The mountainous Arabica coffee growing regions of Chiang Rai, Doi Chang and Doi Tung are only a few hours drive away from Chiang Mai – a vibrant but at the same time quiet city that embraces a culture of experimentation.

Espresso with view

Chomnok Chommai, Mae On District

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Life is… like a mug / cup of Coffee!

Posted in COFFEE MOMENTS
on July 12, 2018
view on coffee shop

A cup/mug of coffee – Seen as a beautiful metaphor

There are many word pictures – so-called metaphors – for our lives. Life can be seen as an adventure, a battle or perhaps a journey. Metaphors can inspire us. We use them to make sense of our lives. Word pictures help us seeing the big picture.

Coffee in Vietnam, cup of coffee

This way they serve coffee in Vietnam

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