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WHAT KIND OF COFFEE PREPARATION IS THE BEST FOR HOME BARISTAS?

There are two main coffee preparation methods: Espresso and Filter made coffee. Other methods of coffee preparation are pod options, capsules, instant made or Turkish coffee.

In my opinion, filter made coffee brings the best final results. Easy preparation methods such as instant coffee and capsules can offer interesting flavour experiences, but in my opinion they are more flat. They are missing depth, don’t have a good aftertaste and most of the time the flavours and aroma are similar. It’s like drinking fruit juice, made from syrup. 

Turkish coffee, Photo by Ahmed Aqtai from Pexels

Turkish coffee

The coffee can have nice and intensive flavour results and a rich body. However, drinking it regularly on a long term basis, might have a bad effect on your health. 

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in Mix kaffee, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Moka pot

The Moka pot brew method can yield interesting results if done right. In my point of view, this method is a good low-cost and easy compromise between the filter and Espresso preparation options. I especially love the sensual aroma experiences of the Moka pot. What I don’t like is the fact that steam pressurized boiling water is forced through the ground coffee, which almost always creates one main flavour: bitterness. 

Sipohon (vacuum) coffee brewer, Photo by Omar Rodriguez from Pexels

Siphon brewer

Another well-known way to prepare coffee is the fancy looking vacuum method (siphon brewer). The iconic Moka pot coffee maker functions on the same principle, but with the siphon brewer coffee-lovers can also enjoy the excellent visibility of the coffee brewing process. 

I wouldn’t buy the siphon brewer to prepare my coffee drinks at home. Due to the materials and design, vacuum coffee makers tend to be more expensive than other types of coffee makers.  Moreover, compared to other brewing methods, the process with a siphon coffee maker is also more complex. 

In the coming blog, I will be more in the details describe the positives and the negatives, between “Filter coffee” and “Espresso coffee”.

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Coffee via cotton filter

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. 

Nel drip
Cotton filetr pour-over

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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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.

Continue reading THE ART OF COFFEE DRINKING

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OUTDOOR COFFEE MOMENTS

“Our senses are like a gateway into the world,” says Whitman.
And as we open that gateway through developing our sensory awareness, the world blossoms into a symphony of colors, scents, tastes, sounds, and touch.” – Kenton Whitman, naturalist, writer & educator 

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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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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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COFFEE BREWING AT HOME – SOME TIPS

Coffee brewing at home

It’s not necessary to go to a coffee shop to enjoy an excellent cup of pour-over coffee. We can brew our coffee at home that will be as good – or even better- than the coffee that’s being served in coffee shops.
In doing so, we do not have to be a professional barista. There is no need to invest a lot of money for expensive equipment. It does not take a long time to learn how to brew fascinating coffee.

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Hario V60 dripper

COFFEE DRIPPERS – WHAT EQUIPMENT IS THE BEST FOR YOU.

  • Hario focus on Clarity
  • Wood neck focus on Body
  • Aeropress focus on Body
  • Chemex focus on Clarity
  • Kalita focus on clarity but create also a good body
  • Melita focus on Clarity
  • French Press, focus on Body
  • Clever Dripper focus on Body and Clarity
  • Moka pot focus on body
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