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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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HOW TO BUY COFFEE BEANS, PART IV.

What to look for when buying coffee beans:

1 . The Altitude of the plantation affects a coffee’s quality and taste. It needs to be taken into account that within the same coffee growing region, the coffee plants may grow at various different altitudes. Higher elevations produce harder, higher quality beans. The harder the beans are, the higher will be their concentration of sugars.

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THE ART OF COFFEE GRINDING

Grinder

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.

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TASTE OF COFFEE AND ART OF LIGHTING

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

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MISTAKES AND SOLUTIONS AT FILTER COFFEE

Possible sensory characteristics of the final coffee drink

  • CORRECT: sweetness, complex acidity/fruit tones, sweet & ripe, full body, long ending
  • UNDER-EXTRACTED: Sourness, saltiness, grassy, quick finish, lacking sweet, straw feeling
  • OVER-EXTRACTED: bitter, sharp, dry, saltiness
  • FLAT FLAVOURS: Usually the problem is not only created during the brewing process (for example by not choosing a suitable preparation method), but often times it’s caused by low quality coffee beans as well.
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COFFEE BREWING & ENJOYING SKILLS

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.

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HOW TO PREPARE GOOD POUR-OVER COFFEE

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.

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HEIRLOOM ARABICA – ETHIPIAN COFFEES

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.”

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ETHIOPIAN COFFEE BEANS

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

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