Bag of coffee beans from The Coffee Collective
Bag of coffee beans from The Coffee Collective
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!
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.
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.’ Continue reading GO DEEPER & DISCOVER THE WORLD OF FLAVORS
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. Continue reading ROMANTIC MORNING WITH CUP OF COFFEE
There are many different ways to enjoy coffee. It all depends on you and your preferences.
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. Continue reading COFFEE NOMAD PHILOSOPHY
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. Continue reading ONE DROP, SECOND DROP……
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. Continue reading COFFEE PREPARATION PRAYER
“Some pursue happiness – others create it.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (American essayist, 1803 -1882)
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 coffee at home. I would be happy, if you would share it with me.”
People sometimes ask me this question or similar ones. They start to investigate and try to find “my secret recipe.” But I do not have my secret recipe or treasure. In fact, many people are searching for a myth similar to El Dorado, the mysterious lost City of Gold. Continue reading BEAING A HOME BARISTA