“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
Color is a power which directly influences the soul.
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Russian painter and art theorist
Cups in specialty coffee
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
“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 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
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
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