‘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.
Continue reading YEMEN – PLACE WHERE COFFEE STARTED ROAD AROUND THE WORLD
Happiness comes in waves. ?
Coffee as a product and the way of life associated with it is developing in several different ‘waves’. Three significant waves of coffee advancements have been recognised by coffee lovers:
Continue reading COFFEE WAVES & WISDOM
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.
Continue reading COFFEE BREWING & ENJOYING SKILLS
Trust our Instincts or Rely on Knowledge and Data?
Tuning into our physical sensations and gut instincts will help us in making the right decisions, not only when preparing coffee. Let’s not ignore what our body is trying to tell us.
Let’s not just follow recipes, without seeing, touching, tasting, listening and smelling. Continue reading HOW TO PREPARE GOOD POUR-OVER COFFEE
The Monk of Mokha
Book by Dave Eggers
Do what you love. Dream Big. Be Bold. Make It Happen.
The best-selling author Dave Eggers tells the inspiring story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemeni-American coffee-lover. Mokhtar was working as a doorman of a residential complex in San Francisco. He had a ‘safe job’, but no clear ambition. It was one of his friends who pointed out the mysterious statue of the Hills Bros. Coffee company, which happened to be located not far away from his workplace. There it was, something meaningful and magical: a statue depicting a Yemeni man drinking a cup of coffee! Continue reading MONK OF MOKA
Bourbon and Typica
Bourbon and Typica are the two main varieties of the Coffee Arabica species. They are considered to be the two “Heirloom”or “Heritage” Arabica coffee varieties, which originated in south western Ethiopia. It is believed that most Arabica coffee varietals are derivatives of the Typica or Bourbon variety.
It is commonly accepted that the Bourbon variety is a natural mutant variety of Typica. Recent genetic studies suggest that Typica and Bourbon coffee beans were brought from the forests of Southwestern Ethiopia to Yemen for cultivation. From Yemen the coffee plants spread to other parts of the world. Continue reading RUNIONESE COFFEE BEANS – BOURBON
You travel on until you return home; you live on until you return to earth. – Ethiopian Proverb
Ethiopia is a fascinating country. ‘The Land of Origins’ has a rich history, hospitable people with deep spiritual traditions, indescribably beautiful landscapes with striking natural contrasts. Ethiopia is the home the world’s rarest animals and plants and the origin of the Blue Nile which merges with the White Nile in Sudan to form the longest river of the world. Continue reading ETHIOPIAN COFFEE BEANS
An inspiring leader, who shaped the specialty coffee culture
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
– John Quincy Adams
Knutsen emigrated from Norway to the USA when she was 5 years old. In her early 40s, she accepted a job as a private secretary in a California based company that imported coffee and spices. Once she got into it. She not only discovered her passion for quality coffee, but also her natural talent for leadership. Continue reading ERNA KNUTSEN FOUNDER OF SCA
A much-loved coffee brewing device, inspired by a simple washing machine.Little bit history not only for Home Barista)
Many coffee lovers use the Moka Pot with a big joy to prepare their daily coffee drinks. The Moka Pot not only brews delicious coffee in a convenient way, but using it also brings cozy feelings of being home. In an old-fashioned way, the Moka Pot is placed over a stovetop. We hear the coffee gurgling and perking. The room is filled with wonderful fragrances. Love is in the air and it smells like coffee! Continue reading MOKA POT – BIALETTI