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
If the grinder, is not of very good quality, you will get lots of dust in the coffee. The dust will get into the coffee mainly when you do coffee via French press, Mokka pot, or you can use steel filters. The brewing process can continue afterwards, and the taste of the coffee drink can change.
Continue reading THE ART OF COFFEE GRINDING
Brewing is a very important part of all the processes. It is hard to say what part of the process, from selecting coffee beans, equipment, preparation, blooming or even writing the recipe for the coffee drink to be served, is most important. I think the only difference is in the time for blooming and brewing. You have limited time and you can’t really postpone the time limit like for other processes. So, there is less time for improvising like for other parts of the processes.
Continue reading COFFEE BREWING – DEFINITION
Specialty Coffee & the Beauty of Breathing
Breath is the link between mind and body – Dan Brulé, world-renowned pioneer in Breathwork
Breathing is in our basic human nature. We need oxygen to nourish our bodies. With each breath, we also inhale various aromas from our environment. Aromas affect our thoughts and emotions in everyday life. Mindful breathing brings peace. Our sense of smell has a powerful effect on our brain’s many functions. Continue reading THE BEUTY OF BREACHING
Gourmet coffee & Music Pairing
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. – Pato, classical Greek philosopher (427 BC – 347 BC)
Experiencing specialty coffee engages all of our senses. Including the powerful sense of hearing, which triggers emotions and memories.
Continue reading COFFEE & SOUND PAIRING
The new day always starts with coffee
Many people say: “My day starts after a cup of coffee.” I say: “My day already starts when I prepare my coffee.” I wake up slowly as soon as I start smelling the aromas when opening the coffee bag and grinding the beans. I like to smell the coffee when I pour water over it and when it is ready to drink. I take the first sip of my morning coffee and I am fully awake. Continue reading ROMANTIC MORNING WITH CUP OF COFFEE
“Some pursue happiness – others create it.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (American essayist, 1803 -1882)
I met an old friend of mine the other day. We spoke about life and traveling. After a while, he said: “Marek, you know a lot about coffee. I’m sure you have a secret recipe for preparing excellent coffee at home. I would be happy, if you would share it with me.”
People sometimes ask me this question or similar ones. They start to investigate and try to find “my secret recipe.” But I do not have my secret recipe or treasure. In fact, many people are searching for a myth similar to El Dorado, the mysterious lost City of Gold. Continue reading BEAING A HOME BARISTA
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
Heirloom’ coffees – Enjoy delicious historic flavors
When trying to capture the essence of Ethiopian coffees, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, a Chicago based US coffee roasting company, cites the American dancer, Isadora Duncan (1877-1927):
“No, I can’t explain the dance to you. If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.”
Continue reading HEIRLOOM ARABICA – ETHIPIAN COFFEES