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KODAWARI AND KISSATEN – JAPANESE COFFEE CULTURE

The passionate pursuit of an ideal

Kodawari

Kodawari is the noun form of kodawaru, an intransitive verb meaning “to be sensitive to minor things”.

Japanese Culture and Behavior: Selected Readings., edited by Takie Sugiyama Lebra, William P. Lebr

“Kodawari, the desired quality of focus and perfection-seeking, is a constant goal for makers of coffee, and fine craftsmen in any art in Japan. What he calls kodawari is dedication to his work, comprising service, skill in making coffee, and an uncompromising sense of the importance of what he does” – Coffee Life In Japan, Merry White (2012)

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UNPLEASENT FLAVOURS IN A COFFEE

Coffee flavours

Some of the unpleasant flavours

Bitter flavours are usually connected with a higher temperature of brewing water. Also, if the coffee tastes bitter, it’s recommended to let the drink cool down a little bit.

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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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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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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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COFFEE BREWING BASICS

Steps before you start:

  • Prepare all equipment that you need.
  • Check to see if the grinder is clean.
  • Start preparing water. If you are in countries where you can use Tap water and it tastes good, I always recommend letting the water run for a few seconds before using it.
  • While heating the water, you can weight and grind the coffee, but it is best to use the coffee grains within 10 minutes.
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HOW TO BE GOOD HOME BARISTA

Home Barista is:

A Home Barista is a specific person. The main character of a Home Barista is a deep passion for specialty coffee and the way of life that is associated with. Being a Home Barista not only awakes their inner fire, but it also brings them inner peace. They see specialty coffee culture as a gift that helps them to grow personally and to live up to their full potential. In doing so, they inspire others and connect with them in a meaningful way.

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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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MISTAKES AND SOLUTIONS AT FILTER COFFEE

Possible sensory characteristics of the final coffee drink

  • CORRECT: sweetness, complex acidity/fruit tones, sweet & ripe, full body, long ending
  • UNDER-EXTRACTED: Sourness, saltiness, grassy, quick finish, lacking sweet, straw feeling
  • OVER-EXTRACTED: bitter, sharp, dry, saltiness
  • FLAT FLAVOURS: Usually the problem is not only created during the brewing process (for example by not choosing a suitable preparation method), but often times it’s caused by low quality coffee beans as well.
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