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WATER TEMPERATURE AT COFFEE BREWING

Water temperature

The water temperature plays a crucial role in the brewing process and affects the aroma and flavours of the final coffee drink.

Coffee grounds are filled with various oils, acids and chemical compounds. There are soluble and insoluble particles. The soluble particles affect the aroma and flavor and the insoluble particles contribute to the body of the coffee. Continue reading WATER TEMPERATURE AT COFFEE BREWING

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IS IT COFFEE HARVEST BY HAND AN EASY TASK?

“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” Conan O’Brien

Visiting a coffee farm

During our recent visit to Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand we had been invited by local farmers to their coffee plantation to pick coffee cherries with them. This task was not as easy as we thought it would be!

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SUSTAINABLE FARMING – HARMONY IN DIVERSITY

“The essence of beauty is unity in variety.” –

Felix Mendelssohn, German composer (1809 – 1847)

Coffee plantation

Many coffee farmers do not only grow coffee plants on their plantations. Instead. They cultivate the coffee plants in the in the shade of taller trees together with various types of fruits and vegetables such as bananas or corn. In doing so, farmers not only gain additional income from the fruits and vegetables. But they also promote a sustainable coffee production and therefore impact on the environment in a positive way. For example, taller trees not only provide shade for coffee plants, but they also stabilize the soil and attract birds. A rich fauna attracts pollinators and supports a healthy soil. Continue reading SUSTAINABLE FARMING – HARMONY IN DIVERSITY

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LIVING AN INTERESTING LIFE…. WITH COFFEE

I was brought up to believe you should always live the most interesting life you can.    

Nick McDonell, American writer

What makes coffee experiences interesting? 

Moments that we remember…Forever

For me, interesting experiences are inspiring moments that I will remember.

Let’s close our eyes and let’s think about the last time we truly enjoyed wonderful coffee moments – what did we do and why did we enjoy the experience so much?

I remember many different moments. Many of them offered something that I had never experienced before. In a special way, interesting coffee moments offer great pieces of – yet unknown – art that will become a part of us.

I not only remember, what I did and with whom I was with, but I also remember, how these moments made me feel. Interesting coffee moments are able spark emotions. If we are trying to express what we are feeling, we are creating art. Emotions can lift up our spirit and make us more driven than ever.

Moreover, I remember interesting coffee moments because they were feeding my mind by causing me to think creatively. I learned something new and gained inside into something I hadn’t thought of before.

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Cup of black coffee

Inspiring stories behind each cup

Interesting coffee moments tell us the inspiring stories behind every cup we brew. These stories celebrate passionate farmers, roasters or pottery artists who put their heart and soul into their daily work. Their work captivates me and makes my coffee experiences magical. In one way or another, I can identify with them and their work.

As a matter of fact, I love to explore the stories behind each coffee cup. Maybe the beans are from a plantation with adopted fascinating sustainable practices, or a region with a unique identity.

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The beauty of details & balance

Interesting coffee moments are also about mindful preparation, presentation and enjoyment. It’s about discovering and paying attention to details, which are often hidden. These special moments are also about balance, compositions, the utensils that are being used and the environment and company around us.

LET’S MAKE LIFE INTERESTING ?!

My own TOP coffee experiences:

  1. Preparing and drinking coffee in nature
  2. Coffee expriences in coffee shops around Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Amazing coffee shops with special coffee enviroment. https://www.bayawe.com/?s=chiang+mai
  3. Coffee in Gallery Drip coffee in Bangkok, Thailand. https://www.bayawe.com/the-gallery-drip-coffee-bangkok-a-work-of-art/
  4. Coffee at LaViet cafe in Da Lat, city in central Vietnam. https://www.bayawe.com/unique-coffee-spot-la-viet-dalat-central-vietnam/
  5. Coffee at roasters Nylon in Singapore. https://www.bayawe.com/my-favorite-coffee-places-in-the-lion-city-singapore/
  6. Coffee experiences in Ubud, Bali. https://www.bayawe.com/ubud-top5/
  7. Amazing coffee in Panama city, around old town https://www.bayawe.com/panama-born-globalized-panama-city-coffee-travel-blog/
  8. Amazing passionated farmers in Costa Rica: https://www.bayawe.com/aroma-tarrazu-costa-rica/ , https://www.bayawe.com/organic-coffee-nauma/ and https://www.bayawe.com/the-highlands-of-alajuela/
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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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COFFEE BREWING & ENJOYING SKILLS

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.

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CHIANG MAI (Thailand) – A COFFEE PARADISE

Chiang Mai region

The mountainous Arabica coffee growing regions of Chiang Rai, Doi Chang and Doi Tung are only a few hours drive away from Chiang Mai – a vibrant but at the same time quiet city that embraces a culture of experimentation.

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Chomnok Chommai, Mae On District

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TOP 5 PLACES IN CHIANG MAI FOR BREAKFAST WITH COFFEE

Kissaten is Japanese style of the morning ritual, “Eat good with a cup of coffee in the morning.” This is the first step for success day.

Here, you can find five amazing places to get fully energetic breakfast with tasty coffee in Chiang Mai / Thailand. The city is called also “Capital city of coffee in South-East Asia” In Chiang Mai are many places where you can have a good cup of coffee with a good breakfast menu. I liked the most this five places, like for price, service, but also for the quality of food and good cupp of black coffee.

TOP 5 FOOD & COFFEE SPOTS

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TOP 10 COFFEE SHOPS IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

Thailand’s second largest city is an amazing place to be. It’s a magnet for creative minds and peace-seeking travelers.

Here you can find many small coffee-shops run by highly passionate owners, who are happy to talk to you about coffee. Many of them are artists that are also involved in the entire coffee preparation process. They frequently visit coffee plantations and help farmers during the harvest and the bean processing rituals. The mountainous Arabica coffee growing regions of Chiang Rai, Doi Chang and Doi Tung are only a few hours drive away from Chiang Mai.

Experience the city’s vibrant specialty coffee scene! There are many excellent coffee shops waiting to be explored. Here are our 10 favorite ones. Continue reading TOP 10 COFFEE SHOPS IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

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TOP 10 CREATIVE COFFEE SHOPS IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

Creativity is booming in Chiang Mai! Experience this thriving city and the art of making things happen! Expect the unexpected and get inspired!

The interior design and atmosphere of coffee shops in Chiang Mai are not ‘faceless’. They not only reflect the personality and visions of their owners, but they also create new and memorable experiences in the lives of their guests.

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