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.
- It’s important that we storage the beans correctly. We should keep them away from sunlight, moisture, oxygen and heat. A good advice is to keep the beans in their original package. After each use, the package should be rolled down as much as possible to draw out excessive air.
- Grind the beans just a couple of minutes before you will prepare the brewing process. There are more aromatic and flavor compounds in coffee than in wine. These compounds will quickly disappear when exposed to oxygen. The grinding size depends on your preferences. There are various expert recommendations for the different brewing methods that can be taken into account. Click here to Read More
- The ratio of freshly-ground coffee and water is important in preparing a delicious cup of coffee. Experiment and explore recommendations, which are often also written on the coffee packages. Keep in mind that the coffee to water ratio depends on many factors, for example, the origin of the coffee beans, the coffee grind size, and the coffee brewing method.
- Brewing good coffee is about precision and consistency. Each method has its own particular routines.
- Very important it has a good quality of water. Water create approx 98% of coffee! Don’t forget on the intensity of coffee taste it has big influence temperature of water.
- I recommend using a higher temperature for the lighter roast and lower, not less than 85C for the darker roast.
- It’s important to use quality coffee equipment and materials.
- Also, it is very important good quality coffee filters, don’t buy the cheaper version to save money and use them for good quality coffee.
- Use caps and glasses that are meaningful and aesthetically appealing to you. Enjoy your coffee in a comfortable environment.
Glass of coffee
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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 life. Mindful breathing brings peace. Our sense of smell has a powerful effect on our brain’s many functions.
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.
Abonzo coffee shop in Doi Chang
Gourmet coffee & Music Pairing
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. – Pato, classical Greek philosopher (427 BC – 347 BC)
Experiencing specialty coffee engages all of our senses. Including the powerful sense of hearing, which triggers emotions and memories.
When sounds are added to a coffee drinking experience, it can affect the way we perceive flavor and taste. Especially different volumes and styles of music can enhance the intensity of flavor attributes that are associated with coffee such as sweetness, bitterness, sourness or saltiness.
Did you know that our perception of taste and flavor goes down if we are surrounded by loud music with very high decibel levels?
Do you want to intensify the sweetness of your coffee? Try listening to music with high pitched notes.
Color is a power which directly influences the soul.
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Russian painter and art theorist
Cups in specialty coffee
Specialty coffee culture is a multi-sensual, aesthetic experience. We experience the preparation and enjoyment of the coffee drink itself with not only our nose and taste-buds but also with all our other senses.
As Aradhna points out: the reason all of our senses matter is because all sensory inputs are ultimately combined into one overall evaluation in the part of our brain called the orbitofrontal cortex.’
Not only do we appreciate the magic of the coffee drink in all its aspects, but we also notice and enjoy the beautiful utensils of the ritual and our pleasant surroundings.
Hand paint coffee cups
Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher. – Chinese Proverb
This beautiful proverb can be applied to coffee as well!
The material of what the cup is made of influences the flavor and aroma of our final coffee drink. As a matter of fact, the same coffee beans – prepared with the same brewing technique – will taste different if we pour them in glasses, plastic, stainless steel, ceramic or porcelain cups.
Water is a solvent. At high temperatures, it is very likely that the water in our coffee will interact with the material of our cup. Therefore, we have to make sure that our cups are fired and glazed.
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 a feast for the senses. It’s a wonderful culinary delight and a form of art. Intuitive and creative live enjoyers pair wine and cheese – and somehow end up preparing culinary experiences during which the result is greater than the sum of all parts.
Coffee beans and light.
Light changes everything…
The stored coffee beans affect :