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
“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!
Continue reading IS IT COFFEE HARVEST BY HAND AN EASY TASK?
“The essence of beauty is unity in variety.” –
Felix Mendelssohn, German composer (1809 – 1847)
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
“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
‘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
The passionate pursuit of an ideal
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)
Continue reading KODAWARI AND KISSATEN – JAPANESE COFFEE CULTURE
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
The Akha People of Northern Thailand
One does not have the ability to throw away our customs any more than a buffalo has the ability to have its footprints one place and its body someplace else.
Continue reading COFFEE FROM AKHA PEOPLE
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.
– Chinese proverb
Trees on Coffee plantation
We need trees. Why are trees so important? According to the Irish Botanist, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, trees are the most important living organisms on earth! Trees protect and feed our planet. They provide life-giving oxygen, store carbon and stabilise the soil.
Continue reading SHADE GROWN COFFEE CHERRIES
The art of lighting
“The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers — of persistence, concentration, and insight — to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems. make art, think deeply.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
“The craft of lighting a dining room is part theatre and part magic show” – Brendan McNully, Illuminating Ideas
Continue reading TASTE OF COFFEE AND ART OF LIGHTING