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NEL DRIP COFFEE PREPARATION

There are many different ways to brew coffee and to create a memorable atmosphere.

Lately we are enjoying our coffee moments while using the so-called Nel Drip pour-over technique. Instead of using a paper filter, we are brewing the coffee with a reusable small cotton flannel sack that is attached to a metal handle. ‘Nel’ is short for flan –nel

Compared with a traditional paper filter, a cloth filter produces a softer, velvety wine-like final drink. The coffee is smooth and less acidic. Since the Nel Drip technique allows more oil to seep through, it produces a thicker final drink with intense aromas and flavours. 

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We learned that this brewing technique is of Japanese origin. Nowadays, it’s still a standard Kissaten brewing method. A Kissaten is a traditional Japanese tearoom which also specializes in serving coffee and light meals. 

Each Kissaten has its own unique, nostalgic atmosphere and history which is a mixture of old Japanese and Western traditions. The Baristas are perfectionists in both brew and presentation.

The Kaizen philosophy of continuous improvement spreads throughout all walks of life in Japan. Baristas enjoy to do the same thing over and over and improve bit by bit. When brewing coffee, they care about the smallest details. Everything matters. Drip by drip they move the art of coffee brewing and presentation to a different level. 

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Extraction at Nel drip

The inspiring Japanese concept of Kaizen and can be applied to all aspects of life.

There are many different styles of preparing Nel Drip coffees. It requires lot of practise and patience to brew well extracted cup of coffee with the Nel Drip. 

Are you ready for the challenge to brew your coffee with a flannel filter? If it wouldn’t be a challenge, it would not be worth it. In doing so, we can imagine that we are home baristas in the comfort of our very own ‘Kissaten home’ believing in continuous improvement and enjoying each moment to the max 😊. 

Black coffee made with Nel drip
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COFFEE MOMENTS & EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE – WORKSHOP

You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn, American professor emeritus

Emotional intelligence is a foundation for a balanced life. It has four components:

  • self-awareness
  • self-management
  • empathy
  • relationship skills

We cannot control our emotions. But we can choose, how we react to them.

Self-awareness and management skills can be trained like a muscle. We can improve our awareness and understanding of our initial emotional responses, feelings and thoughts.

Thoughts can nourish or hurt us.

Positive thoughts chase away negative feelings.

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Coffee lovers in Gallery Drip coffee, Bangkok

Every day and every moment, we have a choice. We can choose to think negative, but we can also have a positive attitude. Circumstances that appear negative to us at first can be reframed, if we imagine positive outcomes. When we experience negativity inside or around us, we can do positive actions.

Taking ourselves out of a negative attitude is a possibility.

Mindful coffee moments can help us to slow down and to return to a more peaceful and present state of mind. While enjoying coffee we can reflect on the beauty of the ritual and how we feel about it through all of our senses.

The Legend of the Two Wolves

Two wolves (Pixabay)

There is a Cherokee legend about an elderly brave who tells his grandson about life.

Son,” he says, “Within all of us there is a battle of two wolves. One is evil. He is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

He continued, “The other wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too,” explained the wise Cherokee elder.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The grandfather simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Source: https://psychcentral.com/blog/the-legend-of-the-two-wolves/

Let’s enjoy mindful coffee moments to feed the ‘good wolves’ inside of us ?.

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THE EFFECT CUP OF SHAPE ON TASTE OF COFFEE

Ceramic coffee cups

Ceramic coffee cups

Large-sample experiment, conducted in Brazil

A recent study had been conducted during a specialty coffee event in Brazil. The goal of the study was to investigate whether or not different shapes of coffee cups will affect the coffee drinking experience of taste and flavour. 276 participants – both amateurs and professional consumers – were asked to drink the same coffee from a tulip, an open and split-shaped cup.

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USE PORCELAIN OR CERAMIC CUP

Material of  cups

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. Continue reading USE PORCELAIN OR CERAMIC CUP

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SLOW DRIP – COFFEE BREWING PREPARATION

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This method has gained popularity in Japan. The Slow drip method is used mainly at cold brew. ”Hot” Slow drip is something like alternative between Pour over Drip coffee.

When we prepare coffee via the Drip method, we are slowly dripping water over the coffee grounds. In doing so, the water does not overflow the grind.

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CHEESE AND COFFEE PAIRING – PRACTICAL PART

Types of used cheese

  • “Old Holland”, a hard and dry cheese
  • A soft, 48% milk cheese
  • Radamer – Emmental, 45% milk
  • A smoked soft cheese
  • A hard cheese, covered with pepper
  • A hard cheese, covered with paprika
Photo by Monserrat Solis from Pexels
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THE EFFECT OF A CUP’S SHAPE ON AROMA, TASTE & FLAVOUR

Coffee – stories from coffee beans to coffee cups

Every story has an end, but in life, every end is a new beginning. – Dakota Fanning (Uptown Girls)

As a matter of fact, design parameters – such as the size, the shape and the opening of a cup – alter the multisensory tasting experience of our coffee drinks. Alter all, it’s the design of the coffee cup that will complete the ‘story of the coffee beans’. The cup’s shape can expand the richness of the story at the end.

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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 more than 6 fl. oz. of liquid (180ml). A mug typically 8 fl. oz. if liquid (240ml) or more.

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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 to the people, who sit around him. Once the guests had enough tea, they will give their donations into a box. It’s a great opportunity to have a break, to socialize and to refresh yourself.

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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 Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“The craft of lighting a dining room is part theatre and part magic show”  – Brendan McNully, Illuminating Ideas

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