A blog about the Coffee culture of a less known, but vibrant city within the EU
Find yourself in one of the inspiring coffee shops within this innovative and timeless city
Košice – the second biggest city in Slovakia – has a rich history and a long multicultural tradition. It’s a fascinating cosmopolitan city, where curious explorer can experience a special blend classic and contemporary Slovak, Hungarian, German and Jewish traditions. In 2013, Košice was the European Capital of Culture. Continue reading KOSICE – MULTICULTURAL SPOT OF CENTRAL EUROPE
Two main coffee brewing methods
It can be any method, where the water consistently flows through ground coffee from the filter to the cup. The exit holes of the coffee-maker are open and not blocked. Pre-infusion gives you control over clarity and extraction of the coffee brewing process. Continue reading COFFEE BREWING METHODS
10 tips to improve your brewing
Buy freshly roasted, whole beans. I prefer to purchase beans that come with a roasting date that is not older than 2 to 4 weeks. I use them within 6 weeks.
Continue reading COFFEE BREWING & ENJOYING SKILLS
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. Continue reading HOW TO PREPARE GOOD POUR-OVER COFFEE
Life is not a competition. Living a fulfilled and meaningful life is about cooperation and compassion.
Specialty Coffee Championships
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!
Continue reading COFFEE IS N’T COMPETETION
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”
– Pablo Picasso
We are often exposed to advertisements in our daily lives that single out the ‘best’ coffee beans or recipes how to brew the ‘best’ cup of coffee. Advertising techniques use the words ‘best’ and ‘better’ to create an illusion of superiority. But ‘the best’ does not exist. Continue reading LEARNING BY DOING
Coffee filters were invented in the early 1900s by Melitta Benz, a housewife from Dresden, Germany with a big passion for coffee. She was brewing coffees daily and was not happy with the fact that too many coffee grounds were getting into her final cup. To solve this problem, she linked two things together in a way they have never been linked before: Coffee and paper. Her simple, but revolutionary idea was to use paper to filter out the coffee grounds. Benz punctured the bottom of a brass pot with a hammer and nails and lined it up with a thick and porous sheet of blotting paper that she took from the school-notebook of her son. Continue reading COFFEE PAPER FILTERS
Barista and coffee brewing
Many Baristas or coffee lovers are too much concerned about numbers. They ask themselves, how many grams of coffee beans should I use? How many minutes should the pour-over process take? They worry about aspects that are less important in creating a delicious cup of coffee. Many people are changing nearly the entire coffee brewing process based on the recommended numbers. Continue reading COFFEE BREWING AND INSTINCTS
Question: Should we drink water before or after coffee?
It’s recommended to drink 2 glasses of water before drinking 1 cup of coffee. That way, we can enjoy the aftertaste of coffee longer. If we drink the water right after the coffee, Baristas could think that we didn’t like the coffee and that we need to flush our mouth. But let’s not worry about others, let’s take care about ourselves. Let’s drink plenty of water with coffee – the best would be before. Continue reading SHOULD WE DRINK WATER BEFORE, OR AFTER COFFEE?
“May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie, philosopher of happiness
Coffee experts and aficionados organize coffee cuppings to taste, analyze and grade various samples of different beans for quality. Exactness and patience are vital skills for successful cupping sessions.
Coffee cupping events are fun and filled with mystery. After all, each coffee bean sample is telling the story of a farm and its farmers. Coffee beans are mirrors of the soil and the climatic environment in which the plants were cultivated. Coffee cuppings highlight the special characteristics of the various different coffee plant varieties. Last but not least, the physical and sensorial characteristics of the beans are also a result of the roasting method. Continue reading Coffee Cupping what is it mean? some basic information