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MORE THAN MEETS THE LIPS

A cup is a vessel dedicated to carry our coffee to great places, so don’t underestimate it! Consider, for instance, the strong parallels this container shares with our clothing. Employing various combinations of apparel, we can flaunt certain parts of our body, soul, and creative spirit. The same is true when showcasing coffee. Imagine the coffee as a body with its own personality (flavours), build (consistency), charm, taste, and aroma. From all of these traits, we’re prone to pick the prettiest components to present to the world around us.

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Cup as ‘clothes’ of our ☕coffee

If we put as much thought in the cup that holds our coffee as we put in the clothes we wrap around our bodies, we open ourselves up to entirely new stimulating encounters. Different cups, with their unique structures, materials, and colours, completely change the way we experience a beverage. We’re able to wholly alter our senses—and that’s always worth the time involved. One might add sugar. One might add milk.

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But with cups, we can add emotions:
  • A happy cup
  • A fancy cup
  • The cup that means business
  • A loving cup
  • A majestic cup
  • An old-fashioned cup

THE STORYTELING CUP

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Just like coffee itself, our cups work their way into our routines and our memories. Collectively, these little vignettes add to the story of our lives. Cozy coffee moments are . . . everything.

In my home, I have some beautifully designed cups. I’ve used them on occasion, but there are two plain cups that I’m always drawn back to. I use them much more than the others because they are filled with history: They’ve long been part of my journey. Creating happy memories is half of the equation.

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What I mean to say is this: you needn’t focus on the fanciest, most expensive, or well-designed cup for your coffee moment. They may excite you for a while—but they will not hold your attention. What you really crave for, is a cup with sentimental value—something connected to warm recollections. Maybe a cup that belonged to your grandparents or one that hails back to nascent love. Maybe it’s even a treasured piece that you found on the other side of the planet. Vessels like these are truly bound to carry you away!

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The Easy Way to Brew Coffee☕

A passion (or “thirst”) for new experiences is great, but you should, in addition, have solid knowledge. This advice can apply to almost any situation, and surely it’s something worth taking to heart amidst the coffee-making process. Find that healthy balance.   

In doing so, you’ll have enough information to know what you’re capable of creating, and you won’t find yourself in a lackluster cul-de-sac. Spending time now to understand brewing will save you time in the end.

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THE ART OF COFFEE DRINKING

There’s nothing quite like a fresh start

Coffee is not just a drink. It’s a wonderful sensational experience!
To fully appreciate the aromas and flavors of our coffee drinks, we should make it a habit to cleanse our mouths properly before taking the first sip.
What’s the best way to cleanse our palates?
There are many different ways. It all depends on us and our preferences.

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COFFEE DRINKING RITUAL

Drinking rituals

How people drink and enjoy coffee around the word differs greatly. I find it fascinating to explore various unique coffee drinking rituals.

For example, in Ethiopia – the birthplace of coffee – it is a long spiritual, sacred ceremony, which also includes the roasting of the beans. 

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“Italians usually drink a cup of espresso that is served with a glass of water that is used for refreshing the mouth before drinking the coffee.”

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In Turkey, the brew usually served from a long-handled copper pot called a cezve.  According to a  famous Turkish proverb: coffee should be ‘as black as hell, as strong as death and as sweet as love.’

However, for all coffee lovers around the world, drinking coffee is a mindful ritual that incorporates all five senses — sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. It’s about slowing down and living in the moment.

‘…you hear the grinding, hear the water drizzling, smell the aroma, see the color and depth, taste the several stages of flavor as the liquid hits all parts of the mouth, and finally experience the trail down the throat and aftertaste.’ Merry White, Coffee Life in Japan

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What makes a cup of coffee enjoyable for you? There are many factors such as the taste, the origin of the beans, the flavours, and aromas. An important factor is also the place, where we are drinking the coffee. From my own experiences, I can tell that a comfortable and inspiring place can add nearly 50% pleasure and joy.

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Many people think that they can enjoy coffee to the fullest in a coffee-shop. But why don’t we create our own cozy coffee-drinking-atmosphere, no matter where we are at the moment. We do not need a good-looking, hipster, industrial-style, cozy, fancy cafe to enjoy coffee. We can create a wonderful atmosphere for ourselves at home, at work or while going on a hiking trip.

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I created my own coffee-spots in various places around the world and during the last a couple months in Ireland. No matter where we are, a cup of coffee can be amazing ‘food for our soul’ :-).

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THE ENERGY OF COFFEE

Energy in coffee – four small articles

Smell, Taste, Enjoy or what is true coffee passion.

Every coffee-lover should have at least three coffee monkeys inside themselves. Each monkey has a different task. One focuses on tasting flavours. Another one explores the aromas with his/her nose. And one more monkey feels the body of the coffee.

All monkeys have to work together as a team with joy. People with a true passion for coffee take care of the monkeys inside of them. Otherwise, they would only consume coffee without enjoying it.

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COFFEE TASTE PERCEPTION AND THE COLOR OF OUR CUP

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.

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YEMEN – PLACE WHERE COFFEE STARTED ROAD AROUND THE WORLD

History

‘If Ethiopia is the heart of coffee, Yemen is the mind.’ Albert Zijlstra, Volcanocafé

Between the 8th and the 12th century, wild Coffea plants had been discovered in the jungles of Ethiopia. It is believed that local nomadic mountain people were the first ones noticing the coffee’s stimulating effect.

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PEACEFUL CREATIVE COFFEE MORNINGS

Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out. – Katherine Dunham

The act of preparing and enjoying a cup of delicious coffee is a wonderful morning ritual, especially during the winter time. The moments between waking up in the morning and getting ready for work are ‘Power Moments’. They will set the tone for the rest of the day.

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THE ART OF COFFEE GRINDING

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If the grinder, is not of very good quality, you will get lots of dust in the coffee. The dust will get into the coffee mainly when you do coffee via French press, Mokka pot, or you can use steel filters. The brewing process can continue afterwards, and the taste of the coffee drink can change.

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