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BARISTA’S PHYLOSOPHY IN ASIA

Asian Baristas philosophy

Skilful masters of life keep moving forward, no matter how good or bad their circumstances are. They are attentive and notice the bitter ‘beans’ of life. At the same time, they keep in mind that interesting, memorable and balanced moments develop from a kaleidoscope of flavours. Continue reading BARISTA’S PHYLOSOPHY IN ASIA

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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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Coffee in Prague

CREATIVE SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOPS IN PRAGUE

Overview

Did you know that Prague is the home of a famous, metaphorically called ‘Dancing House’ – a building that represents the Yin and Yang philosophy of life?

Dancing house

The Yin and Yang symbol dates back to ancient China and represents the belief that everything in the universe consists of two forces that are opposing but complementary.[1]

In Prague, the dynamic Yin and Yang world view and life wisdom can be observed everywhere!

Contemporary masterpieces complement ancient treasures.

Prague is home to impressive medieval architecture, ornate buildings, cobblestone streets, beautiful parks and charming neighbourhoods where we can explore witty modern art and creative business concepts.

Ema cafe

Prague’s cafes and coffee shops represent the city’s many-sided ‘Yin and Yang’ cultural spirit.

Some cafes have been around for many decades. Have you ever wondered, where Albert Einstein enjoyed sipping coffee? Then you could come to Prague. Famous artists like Einstein or Franz Kafka visited these places in search of inspiration and peace.

In Prague, we can also find an increasing number of new, blooming specialty coffee shops. All of them enhance the ‘Golden City’s’ creative vibes.

We explored various, different specialty coffee shops in Prague and experienced unique moments that satisfied our senses!

Below, you will find a list of specialty coffee shops that you should not miss in Prague.

The list includes coffee shops that:

– offer coffee drinks from fresh roasted coffee

– grind the beans freshly every time before they brew the coffee

– prepare Batch Brew or other alternative preparation methods

– make it their priority to serve excellent coffee and some small dishes and deserts on the side

–  use a manual or semi-automatic coffee machine

–  offer not only flavours, but also an inspiring environment and friendly customer service

Café Jen

[1] Carlo Miguel Lao, The Yin and the Yang: Harmony and Balance in the Workplace, Lookingglass, https://bit.ly/2wIU19D

COMPLETE LIST(70) OF SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOPS PRAGUE JUNE 2019

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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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COFFEE PHYLOSOPHY

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso.

The art of brewing coffee

Brewing coffee is a deeply fulfilling ritualistic art. While preparing coffee with our hands and all our senses we can explore different techniques and refine our artistic skills.

Creativity arises when we are calm and present at the moment. Brewing coffee brings me peace of mind.

I respect nature and love to create things with my hands. I am eager to share my passion for the art of coffee making.

It is my goal to encourage coffee-lovers to learn to handcraft coffee and to replicate the sensory experience of preparing and drinking drip coffee in the comfort of their homes. Continue reading COFFEE PHYLOSOPHY

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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.

As Aradhna points out: the reason all of our senses matter is because all sensory inputs are ultimately combined into one overall evaluation in the part of our brain called the orbitofrontal cortex.’ Continue reading COFFEE TASTE PERCEPTION AND THE COLOR OF OUR CUP

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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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LIFE IS LIKE CUP OF COFFEE

A cup/mug of coffee – Seen as a beautiful metaphor

There are many word pictures – so-called metaphors – for our lives. Life can be seen as an adventure, a battle or perhaps a journey. Metaphors can inspire us. We use them to make sense of our lives. Word pictures help us seeing the big picture. Continue reading LIFE IS LIKE CUP OF COFFEE

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Kosice

KOSICE – MULTICULTURAL SPOT OF CENTRAL EUROPE

A blog about the Coffee culture of a less known, but vibrant city within the EU

Find yourself in one of the inspiring coffee shops within this innovative and timeless city

Košice – the second biggest city in Slovakia – has a rich history and a long multicultural tradition. It’s a fascinating cosmopolitan city, where curious explorer can experience a special blend classic and contemporary Slovak, Hungarian, German and Jewish traditions. In 2013, Košice was the European Capital of Culture. Continue reading KOSICE – MULTICULTURAL SPOT OF CENTRAL EUROPE

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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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