CUP OR MUG OF COFFEE?

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 […]

INTERESTING IDEA FROM CHIANG MAI

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 […]

SHADE GROWN COFFEE CHERRIES

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 […]

TASTE OF COFFEE AND ART OF LIGHTING

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 […]

MISTAKES AND SOLUTIONS AT FILTER COFFEE

Possible sensory characteristics of the final coffee drink CORRECT: sweetness, complex acidity/fruit tones, sweet & ripe, full body, long ending UNDER-EXTRACTED: Sourness, saltiness, grassy, quick finish, lacking sweet, straw feeling OVER-EXTRACTED: bitter, sharp, dry, saltiness FLAT FLAVOURS: Usually the problem is not only created during the brewing process (for example by not choosing a suitable […]

COFFEE BREWING – DEFINITION

Brewing 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 […]

COFFFEE BLOOMING – WHAT IS IT?

Blooming – what is it? The blooming process is one of the more important processes of the coffee preparation. The main reason is that this time one starts the first relation/connection between the water and the coffee grains. Also, this time you start to create the flavours. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2018-2019Some Rights ReservedOriginal content here is published under […]

COFFEE AT HOME OR IN COFFEE SHOP

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! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2018Some Rights ReservedOriginal content here is published under […]

BAJAREQUE – IN PANAMA CITY

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 […]

TOP 5 SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOPS IN UBUD, BALI 2018

TOP 5 SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOP IN UBUD 2018 Seniman Coffee Studio Seniman is a spacious and beautifully designed coffee shop in the center of Ubud. The team offers a wide variety of flavourful syphon, pour-over, Chemex and Aeoropress brews made with single-origin coffee beans from Indonesia, Africa, and South and Central America. Seniman celebrates their […]

THE BEUTY OF BREACHING

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 […]

COFFEE & CHEESE – PAIRING

Coffee & Cheese – … And Miracles will happen A miracle is when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A miracle is when one plus one equals a thousand. – Carl Frederick Buechner, American writer and theologian Pairing wine & cheese Serving wine in combination with cheese is a pleasure and […]

THE AROMA OF TARRAZU, COSTA RICA

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 […]

LOVING COFFEE KNOWLEDGEABLY

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. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2018-2019Some Rights ReservedOriginal content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:Attribution, […]

CHIANG MAI (Thailand) – A COFFEE PARADISE

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. Chiang Mai is an amazing place in Northern Thailand, where you can […]

TOP SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOPS IN HONK KONG

In Hong Kong, the weather is usually hot and humid with plenty of sunshine. Moments from Hong Kong I was surprised when I discovered that most specialty coffee shops serve their coffee drinks together with a glass of warm water. In Europe, we usually drink cold or even iced water – and not just during […]

BAYAWA – COFFEE PARADISE

Bajawa, Flores Island – Indonesia Sky above. Earth below. Peace within do you know where is it this place? Read more…. The charming and picturesque town Bajawa is located in the central highlands of the snake-shaped island of Flores, Indonesia. It’s the capital of the Ngada Regency, which is part of the East Nusa Tenggara […]

TOP SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOPS IN SINGAPORE

Singapore The city offers an interesting specialty coffee culture. It’s a blend of traditional and futuristic, forward-thinking highlights. It combines traditional Asian coffee preparing rituals that are inspired by the Buddhist tea ceremony with various modern aspects. A lot of inspiration comes from Australia’s unique coffee culture. Coffee-lovers in Singapore are dynamic and creative, but […]

TOP 9 COFFEE SHOPS IN CHIANG MAI 2018

TOP 9 COFFEE SHOPS IN AND AROUND CHIANG MAI 2018 Here is upgraded article created in 2017. The old one is here: Like last year, I didn’t focus on bigger or more known coffee shops, but on smaller. On coffee-shops run by highly passionate owners, who are happy to talk to you about coffee. Here are […]

COFFEE CHERRY PROCESING METHODS

Wet Process Most of the specialty coffee is processed is via this method. The method is called wet process because water is used to remove the outer layers that surround the coffee beans. The final cup is clean, sweet and lighter in the body. The acidity is well-balanced. High-quality wet-processed coffee beans are cultivated in […]

World Barista Championship (WBC) + IDEA

World Barista Championship (WBC): Who is the winner? Why changing passion for competition? It is competition, which started in Monte Carlo, Monaco in 2000. The first winner was Robert Thoresen from Norway. It is running every year in different place around The World. The last one took place in Amsterdam. A couple of days ago, somebody told […]

GO DEEPER & DISCOVER THE WORLD OF FLAVORS

Four coffee essays My last journey to Thailand inspired me to think differently about the process of coffee roasting. In the recent past, I observed, how light roasted coffee became more and more popular in Europe. I remember that earlier on, coffee lovers generally preferred more dark roasted coffee. Now, I realize, that a time […]

COFFEE PEOPLE & EVOLUTION, WITHIN COFFEE LOVERS

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ROMANTIC MORNING WITH CUP OF COFFEE

The new day always starts with coffee Many people say: “My day starts after a cup of coffee.” I say: “My day already starts when I prepare my coffee.” I wake up slowly as soon as I start smelling the aromas when opening the coffee bag and grinding the beans. I like to smell the […]

HIBRIDO DE TIMOR – HDT

A legend is often told in Timor… It’s about a little boy and his crocodile friend that turned himself into the island of Timor out of love for the boy. The legend explains Timor’s mountainous, crocodile-like shape. Timorese have a special affinity not only with coffee but also with crocodiles!  Hibrido de Timor (HDT), also […]

ONE DROP, SECOND DROP……

Moments fro Asia During my last day in Chiang Mai, I rented a bike and decided to drive out of the city center to explore more interesting places. After driving around for a couple hours, I discovered a Buddhist temple, next to a small village. I left my bike at the gate I entered the […]

MONK OF MOKA

The Monk of Mokha Book by Dave Eggers Do what you love. Dream Big. Be Bold. Make It Happen. The best-selling author Dave Eggers tells the inspiring story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemeni-American coffee-lover. Mokhtar was working as a doorman of a residential complex in San Francisco. He had a ‘safe job’, but no clear […]

THE PACAMARA VARIETAL COFFEE CHERRIES

Opposites attract… Pacamara coffee beans – history The Pacamara coffee varietal resulted from the crossing of two varieties. Which are quite different from each other:  the Pacas and Maragogype varietals. It’s name combines the first four letters of each parent varietal. The Salvadoran Institute for Coffee Research (ISIC) created this relatively new coffee varietal in […]

COFFEE PREPARATION PRAYER

It does not matter if you are preparing Espresso, Pour-Over, Chemex or Hario. Do not mind what other people are saying. Only you know, what is best for you. You chose your favorite coffee preparation process. Do not let other  people manipulate you. A coffee prayer could help you to improve the way you are […]

SPECIALTY COFFEE IN SOUTHERN VIETNAM

Vietnam is not known for specialty coffee. Well, not yet. During our visit to the second largest coffee producing country in the world, we discovered an emerging specialty coffee movement. There is a growing close-knit, highly entrepreneurial natured community that is keen to spread their passion for high-grade and carefully crafted coffee beans and bring […]

BEAING A HOME BARISTA

“Some pursue happiness – others create it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (American essayist, 1803 -1882) Home Barista I met an old friend of mine the other day. We spoke about life and traveling. After a while, he said: “Marek, you know a lot about coffee. I’m sure you have a secret recipe for preparing excellent […]

HAWAII KONA COFFEE

Nature is where it all begins for the Hawaiians. In fact, they call themselves keiki o ka aina children of the land’. – M. J. Harden, Author of Voices of Wisdom Hawaiian Elders Speak Hawaii – the 50th state of the USA – is an awe-inspiring geographical wonder, located out in the middle of the […]

JAMAICA BLUE MOUNTAINS COFFEE – FLAVOURS OF CARIBBEAN

Jamaica – The “land of wood and water” and excellent coffee Not all Jamaican coffee beans are classified as Blue Mountain Coffee. They are graded into Blue Mountain No. 1 – 3, Pea Berry and Triage. Other grades of Jamaican coffee beans include High Mountain Supreme, Jamaica Prime and Jamaica Select. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2018Some Rights ReservedOriginal content here […]

RUNIONESE COFFEE BEANS – BOURBON

Bourbon and Typica Bourbon and Typica are the two main varieties of the Coffee Arabica species. They are considered to be the two “Heirloom”or “Heritage” Arabica coffee varieties, which originated in south western Ethiopia. It is believed that most Arabica coffee varietals are derivatives of the Typica or Bourbon variety. It is commonly accepted that […]

HEIRLOOM ARABICA – ETHIPIAN COFFEES

Heirloom’ coffees  – Enjoy delicious historic flavors When trying to capture the essence of Ethiopian coffees, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, a Chicago based US coffee roasting company, cites the American dancer, Isadora Duncan (1877-1927): “No, I can’t explain the dance to you. If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point […]

ETHIOPIAN COFFEE BEANS

You travel on until you return home; you live on until you return to earth. – Ethiopian Proverb Ethiopia is a fascinating country. ‘The Land of Origins’ has a rich history, hospitable people with deep spiritual traditions, indescribably beautiful landscapes with striking natural contrasts. Ethiopia is the home the world’s rarest animals and plants and […]

TOP 10 CREATIVE COFFEE SHOPS IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

Creativity is booming in Chiang Mai! Experience this thriving city and the art of making things happen! Expect the unexpected and get inspired! The interior design and atmosphere of coffee shops in Chiang Mai are not ‘faceless’. They not only reflect the personality and visions of their owners, but they also create new and memorable […]

THE VARIOUSE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HONEY PROCESSES

Colour Your World! Coffee can be processed from the cherry to the green beans that are going to be roasted via a ‘Honey’ Processing Method. In doing so, only the skin and the pulp of the coffee cherry are removed. The coffee beans (seeds) are dried within the remaining honey-like, sugary, mucilage layer – the […]

GEISHA COFFEE BEANS

“Geisha coffee is just like that bold difference in a special wine that makes it stand out, with the coincidence that it is just a super pleasant taste! A symphony of flowers, citrus acidity and sweetness.” – Giorgio Bressani, Finca San Jeronimo Miramar, Guatemala “A cup of Geisha can provide something as close as we’ve […]

TOP 10 SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOPS IN UBUD – BALI

Ubud / Bali /Indonesia Bali’s vibrant coffee culture offers unique and inspiring experiences. Art is part of Balinese traditional life. More than 90% of Bali’s population practises Hinduism. They believe that gods and goddesses exist in the elements of nature. The spirit world and the human world, as most Balinese believe, interact constantly. By preparing food […]

SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOPS IN CHIANG MAI – III.PART

TOP 7  Specialty Coffee shops in Chiang Mai Rakuda photo artisans & cafe Address: 11/2, soi 1, Inthawarorol, Sripoom, Chiang Mai Website: https://rakuda-photo-artisans-and-cafe.business.site/ Rakuda was created to create. Located in Chiang Mai’s Old Town, Rakuda’s team celebrates the love for handcrafted films and coffee drinks. It’s a spacious place which includes a film lab, a gallery […]