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ENJOYING COFFEE

Why I prefer to drink coffee at home

There’s one important reason why it’s better to drink coffee at home. It isn’t the fact that no one can make coffee better than you. (That isn’t likely.) The truth is, to fully appreciate something, one needs to be intimately involved in its conception. Thus, if I want to truly enjoy my coffee, I need to make that coffee myself. One of the most enjoyable aspects of one’s coffee moment is brewing the coffee. Throughout the process, you’ll smell a variety of aromas, and come to know your coffee beans. You’ll see the colours of freshly made coffee and the colours of coffee grinds that have just made contact with hot water. You’ll really be part of the process and able to choose what kind of flavours go into the coffee that you yield. Moreover, you can choose how to serve the coffee and what kind of cup or mug it’s held in. At home, the possibilities are endless when it comes to setting up and selecting your place to drink as well. These opportunities simply aren’t feasible, stuck in a public place.

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Motivation

Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe that many baristas make good coffee, but even so, the cup that’s handed to me will always be missing some of the passion that my own creation contains. More often than not, baristas don’t have any motivation to go above and beyond for you. Minor differences notwithstanding, you’ll receive the same cup of coffee as the hundred patrons that came before you—as well as the hundred to come.

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Better equipment

I also understand that many establishments have expensive tools to help their baristas and brewers craft balanced beverages. Nonetheless, the passion is lacking, and one’s own input cannot be replaced with even the very fanciest tackle. It’s fine to go out—to meet with friends, to see new places, to smell new smells—but know that a coffee-focused moment is never more potent than right at home.

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MORE THAN MEETS THE LIPS

A cup is a vessel dedicated to carry our coffee to great places, so don’t underestimate it! Consider, for instance, the strong parallels this container shares with our clothing. Employing various combinations of apparel, we can flaunt certain parts of our body, soul, and creative spirit. The same is true when showcasing coffee. Imagine the coffee as a body with its own personality (flavours), build (consistency), charm, taste, and aroma. From all of these traits, we’re prone to pick the prettiest components to present to the world around us.

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Cup as ‘clothes’ of our ☕coffee

If we put as much thought in the cup that holds our coffee as we put in the clothes we wrap around our bodies, we open ourselves up to entirely new stimulating encounters. Different cups, with their unique structures, materials, and colours, completely change the way we experience a beverage. We’re able to wholly alter our senses—and that’s always worth the time involved. One might add sugar. One might add milk.

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But with cups, we can add emotions:
  • A happy cup
  • A fancy cup
  • The cup that means business
  • A loving cup
  • A majestic cup
  • An old-fashioned cup

THE STORYTELING CUP

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Just like coffee itself, our cups work their way into our routines and our memories. Collectively, these little vignettes add to the story of our lives. Cozy coffee moments are . . . everything.

In my home, I have some beautifully designed cups. I’ve used them on occasion, but there are two plain cups that I’m always drawn back to. I use them much more than the others because they are filled with history: They’ve long been part of my journey. Creating happy memories is half of the equation.

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What I mean to say is this: you needn’t focus on the fanciest, most expensive, or well-designed cup for your coffee moment. They may excite you for a while—but they will not hold your attention. What you really crave for, is a cup with sentimental value—something connected to warm recollections. Maybe a cup that belonged to your grandparents or one that hails back to nascent love. Maybe it’s even a treasured piece that you found on the other side of the planet. Vessels like these are truly bound to carry you away!

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THE EMOTIONAL VALUE OF COFFEE

CUP OF EMOTIONS

Coffee’s main role in affecting emotions is carried out by caffeine, which increases our levels of dopamine and serotonin, otherwise known as “the happiness hormone.”

For those with a greater sensitivity to emotion, negative effects of caffeine-generated adrenaline can, too, result. One may become too excited or too happy, and too much of anything proves detrimental. This won’t seem like a problem while you’re enjoying your coffee, but escalated emotions may prohibit you from savouring the moment’s nuances. In my opinion, for better and more mindful enjoyment of coffee, you shouldn’t only be able to understand the flavours but the emotions that the brew facilitates.  

COFFEE MOMENTS AND EMOTIONS

By adding emotional meaning to a coffee moment, we greatly improve our total experience, and its value is certain to increase manyfold.
You’ll notice any number of examples in the marketplace, where similar goods are presented in different ways (with wildly different price tags). You may have a perfectly delicious coffee, but if you fail to present it in the right light, it’s doomed to remain in the shadows.

EMOTIONAL VALUE AND COFFEE

Given the overlap of products and their respective ingredients, it’s imperative for vendors to draw in customers with an emotional hook. Concerning coffee, this could take the form of ambiance—decorations, lighting, music, and the scent of the environment—or service dynamics, including what the baristas are wearing.

Once, I performed a simple experiment at my own café. Throughout the course of the same day, I wore two different jumpers: firstly, a standard grey one and secondly, a colourful one. Donning the latter outfit, I had twice as many clients. But it’s not just the fact that customers like colorful garments. Dressing to shine will make you smile, and this optimism is quite infectious. So, show yourself in a positive light, and this will surely attract good things, good people, and—yes—good money!

ADDING EMOTIONAL VALUE

You can add emotional value to your establishment by adding flowers, adjusting the lighting, and promoting enthusiastic service. You even can make some space for patrons to have a cup of coffee alfresco. Whatever you do, if you do it with love, you’ll find that what follows is joyful.  

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    Life Is Too Short For “Bad Coffee”

    This is a very common saying. In fact, I’ve used it myself on numerous occasions. But that was before I’d come to appreciate the Asian view on coffee culture—one that is far more liberal. In the East, people take a less pretentious approach than their western counterparts, and judgement is splendidly lacking.

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    Does bad coffee truly exist? Today, I no longer think so. Just as the human population can’t be neatly divided into righteous and wicked subgroups, all coffee is unique, and there doesn’t exist a brew that’s devoid of some merit. In my opinion, life is dazzlingly colorful. There’s no place for black and (creamy) white assessments.

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    Perhaps your personal preference is for sweeter, fruitier coffee, but that doesn’t mean that bitter coffee is bad. If you decide to patronize an establishment that serves a more burnt brew, it was your decision to go there, and you needn’t remark on their so-called inferiority. Simply look for the positives. (After all, there’s certainly a time and place for rocket fuel!) The same applies when someone makes you a coffee. To criticize their brewing skills would be ludicrous. And besides, just because it’s not your cup of joe, that doesn’t mean that I (or another) wouldn’t love it. Beauty is in the taste bud of the sampler, so let’s stay mellow!

    If I don’t like a particular coffee, I will never again use the word “bad.” Diplomacy and specificity are key. There’s nothing wrong with stating one’s fondness for something or lack thereof, but why not go into detail in a constructive manner? (“I prefer a sweeter, stronger-bodied beverage.”) If a person isn’t too proud, I’ll even offer advice on occasion.
    The point is: you’re not God, so don’t judge!

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    What kind of coffee do I think is tasty?

    I strive to offer coffee with an unparalleled variety of flavours. If you focus closely on your coffee drink, you’ll appreciate countless fruits, herbs, and tea flavours. This may include bitter, spicy, acidic and/or spicy components. Properly brewed filter coffee offers a perfect balance of flavours combined with an amazing aroma, texture, and mouthfeel.

    Thanks as always for checking in.

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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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    MINDSET FOR SUCCESS WITH SPECIALTY COFFEE

    Mindset is your rudder in the boat of your life.

    Shan White, Life Coach

    Let’s be the best version of ourselves, every day!

    Let’s practise mindset work with specialty coffee!

    We strongly believe that being the best version of ourselves starts with a positive growth-mindset. Coffee Nomads never settle!

    Our mindset determines how we think about life, the world and how we deal with challenges. Often times we will not be able to change the situation. However, it’s up to us how we think about life challenges and how we respond to it.

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    THE ENERGY OF COFFEE

    Energy in coffee – four small articles

    Smell, Taste, Enjoy or what is true coffee passion.

    Every coffee-lover should have at least three coffee monkeys inside themselves. Each monkey has a different task. One focuses on tasting flavours. Another one explores the aromas with his/her nose. And one more monkey feels the body of the coffee.

    All monkeys have to work together as a team with joy. People with a true passion for coffee take care of the monkeys inside of them. Otherwise, they would only consume coffee without enjoying it.

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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

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    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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    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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