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!
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.
This way they serve coffee in Vietnam
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 me a story that took place in a Central European country. The barista who bought one of the most expensive coffee beans available, which nobody else could afford, won the national competition.
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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 is coming, where more and more coffee roasters and coffee lovers understand that different coffee beans -due to their specific characteristics – need a different style of roasting. As time goes on, the roasting style will no longer depend on whether or not the customer prefers her or his coffee dark, medium or light roasted. Instead, the roasting style will depend on bean’s ‘inside’ and ‘character’. Just as one of my friends, a passionate coffee roaster in Thailand, mentioned: ‘Now, a time has come, where a person’s skin color does not matter. All that matters nowadays are his or her ‘flavours’ inside. And the same is true for coffee beans.’
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso.
Brewing coffee is a deeply fulfilling ritualistic art. While preparing coffee with our hands and all our senses we can explore different techniques and refine our artistic skills.
Creativity arises when we are calm and present in the moment. Brewing coffee brings me peace of mind.
I respect nature and love to create things with my hands. I am eager to share my passion for the art of coffee making.
It is my goal to encourage coffee-lovers to learn to handcraft coffee and to replicate the sensory experience of preparing and drinking drip coffee in the comfort of their homes.
“Our senses are like a gateway into the world,” says Whitman.
“And as we open that gateway through developing our sensory awareness, the world blossoms into a symphony of colors, scents, tastes, sounds, and touch.” – Kenton Whitman, naturalist, writer & educator
Let’s get out there!
Do you have any plans for the weekend? What do you do, when you need a break from your office work?
What about enjoying a delicious cup of coffee outdoors, in pleasant and stimulating surroundings?
Let’s get outside! Let’s connect to nature and our surroundings. Let’s create meaningful experiences and memories. And let’s appreciate them.
Mindful coffee-experiences are less about drinking coffee. They are more about having meaningful experiences and preserving the beauty of moments.
It does not matter if you are living next to a forest, near a lake or in a big city. Everywhere are endless opportunities to connect with nature, or to feel a deep connection with inspiring urban architecture. Let’s get out there and discover what kind of emotions and memories our surroundings trigger in us while enjoying delicious coffee!
Enjoying the simple pleasures of life – for example, in Prague, Czech Republic
We found an idyllic, quiet place next to the Vltava River, in Prague. We were sitting on the bank of the river watching the water flow. Boats and ducks were coming and going. The water of the river reflected the pastel-colored buildings along the riverfront. A brightly colored, sparkling duck was chirping. Sip by Sip, we were not only enjoying the aromas and flavors of our coffee drink but also connected with the inspiring, scenic surroundings.
“There is beauty, heartbreaking beauty, everywhere.” – Edward Paul Abbey, American author (1927- 1989)
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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 coffee when I pour water over it and when it is ready to drink. I take the first sip of my morning coffee and I am fully awake.
Pouring coffee to cup
There are many different ways to enjoy coffee. It all depends on you and your preferences.
The magic of lightly roasted beans
I like to drink light roasted coffee – simple and straight, without milk or sugar. I prefer more
acidic coffee and enjoy discovering as many different, vibrant flavors and aromas as possible. Freshly brewed, light roasted coffee can be full of beautiful sweet floral or fruity notes.
If you are used to drinking dark roasted coffee, you could give it a try and taste lighter roast.
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 temple.
Since I did not have much time left, I was a little bit in a hurry. I was walking quite fast around the temple. I took some pictures and decided to drive back to the city to prepare my over-night journey to Bangkok.
Now here coffee shop&brewer
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 preparing your daily cup of coffee. Perhaps you will enjoy your coffee even more. Prepare your coffee always with love and respect. There is a lot of hard work behind each bean – from the farm to mill to the exporter to roaster.