Cup of coffee or Mug of coffee, what to ask in coffee shop?

on November 20, 2018

Cups vs. Mugs

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes

What are the differences between cups and mugs?

There are many possible different definitions for cups and mugs. Generally, it can be concluded that the capacity is the main aspect that differentiates cups from mugs. Cups are smaller than mugs. A cup typically holds not more than 6 fl. oz. of liquid (180ml). A mug typically 8 fl. oz. if liquid (240ml) or more.

A mug is a type of cup that is noticeable thicker.

Cups traditionally come as a pair, meaning that they are accompanied by a saucer. Mugs are single utensils that stand alone.

Cups usually come with a handle on their sides. Mugs, on the other hand, can be with or without a handle on their sides.

Mugs warm your hands while you enjoy your drink. We can curl our fingers around our hot steaming mug for as long as we wish.

Mugs are generally used for coffee, hot chocolate or also beer. Cups are mainly used to drink tea and enjoyed as decorative accessories.

Did you know…

The first mugs ever were made of bones! These mugs were found in China and Japan and dated to about 10000 BCE. Ancient mugs were also made of wood.

Specialty coffee cups and mugs

Nowadays, gourmet coffee cups are being designed to maximize our sensory experiences. The shape and size of the cup influences the coffee’s aroma, flavour and taste. Like a fine wine, coffee drinks need to be accompanied by an appropriate vessel to maximize its flavours and taste.

I noticed that many specialty coffee shops serve coffee in so-called ‘coffee cups’ that neither have a saucer nor a handle. These cups come in various different shapes and sizes, while not exceeding 230ml. Tea on the other hand, may be served in bigger mugs.
It’s interesting and exciting to notice how the definition of cups and mugs are constantly in flux. The Third Wave coffee movement indeed precipitates different kinds of innovations. It not only celebrates coffee, but also all associated aspects.




Interesting “coffee idea” from Chiang Mai

on November 13, 2018
Barista preparing coffee for people, Thailand

Coffee stall in Chiang Mai

The idea comes originally from Vietnam.

There, local people offer freshly prepared tea on markets for a donation. The tea-maker is brewing the tea. The guests sit on small chairs around tea maker while holding tea-cups in their hands. When the tea is ready, the tea-maker will offer the tea to the people, who sit around him. Once the guests had enough tea, they will give their donations into a box. It’s a great opportunity to have a break, to socialize and to refresh yourself.

I found similar settings on some farmer markets in Thailand. However, instead of tea – coffee had been served.
This video shows Chiang Mai’s Weekend Farmer Market.

Jing Jai Farmer’s Market Chiang Mai

45 Atsadathon Rd, Pa Tan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

Around the city are many farmers markets and also start to be the big trend for “Organic coffee and food” One of the most known is the market on  Atsadathon Rd..also called Jing Jai farmer’s market (Facebook: @FarmersMarketChiangmai). Open on Saturday and Sunday from 7 am – 1  pm. On the market, you can get an amazing breakfast. When at one place you can find many coffee and juice stands. Also, plenty of stands with various food and fresh fruits & vegetable. With all these on the background is playing live music. Mainly on Sunday is the market much busier and with many handcrafts stand.


Chiang Mai

Chiang Mia is the fourth biggest city in Thailand. Located approx. 700 km from Bangkok. It is the centre of Northern Thailand, not far away from Myanmar and Laos border. It was founded in 13. century and it was for more than 300-years capital city of  Lanna Kingdon. Now it is mainly university city with a lots old Buddhist temples.  The population of the city is around 140.000, but in the city, the moment lives big amount of foreign expect. The city is very famous for good coffee and food.


Shade grown beans: coffee farming in partnership with nature

on November 6, 2018

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.
– Chinese proverb


Trees on Coffee plantation

We need trees. Why are trees so important? According to the Irish Botanist, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, trees are the most important living organisms on earth! Trees protect and feed our planet. They provide life-giving oxygen, store carbon and stabilise the soil.

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Specialty Coffee and the Art of Lighting

on October 30, 2018
coffee out

The art of lighting

“The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers — of persistence, concentration, and insight — to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems. make art, think deeply.”  – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“The craft of lighting a dining room is part theatre and part magic show”  – Brendan McNully, Illuminating Ideas

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Mistakes and Solutions at coffee brewing

on October 23, 2018

What will affect the final quality of the drink?

1. Your skills, techniques or passion to focus on the coffee preparation.

2. Second, I can add the quality of the coffee beans.

3. Grinder – the quality of grinding.

4. Grinding scale.

5. The temperature of the water.

6. Quality of water.

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Drip coffee – part “Brewing”

on October 16, 2018


Brewing is a very important part of all the processes. It is hard to say what part of the process, from selecting coffee beans, equipment, preparation, blooming or even writing the recipe for the coffee drink to be served, is most important. I think the only difference is in the time for blooming and brewing. You have limited time and you can’t really postpone the time limit like for other processes. So, there is less time for improvising like for other parts of the processes.


In this process, you are trying to soak the coffee grains with some amount of water for a specific time. Very important is blooming, when you start the first extraction and also when getting air out of the coffee grains. Later, the slow extraction, when oils and small parts of the coffee get into the water and they start to create flavour and the drink gets thicker.

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Drip coffee – part “Blooming”

on October 9, 2018

Blooming – what is it?

The bloom is caused by the roasting procedure. Whenever all types of organic material are heated, chemicals – carbon dioxide in particular – are discharged. A soon as the beans are ground, the trapped gases are discharged much more quickly. Moreover, when hot water touches the coffee grounds, they immediately purge themselves of the carbon dioxide and create the “bloom.” If will not have water enough space the extraction will much more weak. With pouring and sacking coffee grinds with the smaller amount of water we let enough space to get the gas faster away. Once we will pour more water and grains will be under water, the gas can stock and get out slower.

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TOP 10 the most important things at Drip coffee

on October 2, 2018

What is most important with coffee brewing

I would say everything. All the processes are important. Hard to tell which one is most important. But I have tried to analyze, and in my opinion, these are the most important things:

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Coffee at home vs. coffee in coffee shop

on September 25, 2018

Home Barista vs. Barista

If we want to prepare and enjoy tasty coffee at home, it is important to keep in mind that every little detail during the brewing process matters.

Always remember you can prepare better coffee at home than in coffee shops, the professional Baristas!


Reasons why:

  1. One the most difference is your passion. I can’t write baristas in coffee shops, they don’t have “Fire in heart”. But it is different to prepare coffee for you or somebody close to you.
  2. You have more time to play with it.
  3. You have space for improving; also, if it is not working you have a second chance. You are not under pressure, so you have more time to learn.
  4. You create your own rules, you don’t follow the rules set by the managers or the head Barista of the coffee shop.
  5. Your skills can help a lot to improve your open mind and strong motivation because you are preparing coffee for yourself.
  6. You alone know how you like your coffee and if you have some skills you can focus on it.

“Ideal recipe for coffee brewing, how it will work for each cup of coffee. DOESN’T EXIST!”

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Bajareque – coffee shop in Panama city

on September 18, 2018

Casco Viejo, Panama City

Today we went to Bajareque, a small fascinating coffee shop in Casco Viejo, a neighborhood in Panama City with lots of Spanish colonial architecture.   As soon as the barista of the coffee shop found out that we are passionate about coffee, he introduced us to a manager, who gave us a detailed presentation about their business. He showed us many photographs of the farm, which is supplying the coffee…    

Cafe Ruiz in warehouse

Green coffee beans you can buy there everywhere.

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