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BARISTA’S PHYLOSOPHY IN ASIA

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

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THE WAY WE HOLD OUR CUPS/MUGS CAN SAY A LOT ABOUT OUR CHARACTER

The way a person does one thing is the way they do everything. –

an old Zen saying.

How are we holding our coffee cups? Do you pay attention :-)?

As a matter of fact, some psychologists suggest that the simple act of holding a coffee drink reveals some of our key personality traits or how we feel at the current moment.
Eric Standop, a professional face and body language reader, also pays attention on the way people hold their drinks to get an idea about their personality, mood and intentions.

Here are some relevant and interesting suggestions:

Openness & approachability

Some people are holding or placing their cups firmly in a barrier position across the body between them and whoever they’re talking to. In doing so, they are creating so-called ‘invisible walls’. By keeping the cup between themselves and others, they appear guarded and closed.
Shifting the cup from hand to hand in front of other people creates a so-called psychological barrier. Subconsciously, the person we are interacting with will pick up the message ‘I don’t feel comfortable around you’.

If we want to signal openness and interest in the person we are interacting with, we should hold and place the cup at our side instead of close to our chest.

Some people are more likely to follow rules

Myka Meier, founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, demonstrates the ‘correct’ way to hold a coffee cup:
“Loop your index finger into the handle and keep your thumb on top of the handle. Your remaining three fingers — middle, index and pinkie — are tucked into the palm of your hand.”
Source: KATE STOREY, FYI, You’re Holding Your Coffee Wrong, COSMOPOLITAN, Oct 21, 2016: https://bit.ly/2LMNDIB
If a person holds the cup this way, it can be a sign that he or she is conscientious and driven to followrules.

Style, everything in control

Will Power

In many cultures, as Eric Standop underlines, the thumb is seen as a power finger.
According to him, if a person puts the four fingers through the handle while placing the thumb on top of the handle to secure the cup, it could be a sign that the person wants to exercise power and strength.

Power

Safety

Some people like to hold or balance the cup on the palm of their hand. This scenario suggests that the person is in need of security and safety. The person could, for example, be worried about leaving coffee stains on the table or shirt. The hand under the cup could also be an unconscious additional safety measure for making sure that the cup will not drop on the floor.

Safety

Also, holding the coffee cup with both hands could also suggest that the person likes to play safe while taking no chances.

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COFFEE CUPPING, WHAT IS MEAN?

“May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.” –  Jonathan Lockwood Huie, philosopher of happiness

About

Coffee experts and aficionados organize coffee cuppings to taste, analyze and grade various samples of different beans for quality. Exactness and patience are vital skills for successful cupping sessions.

Coffee cupping events are fun and filled with mystery. After all, each coffee bean sample is telling the story of a farm and its farmers. Coffee beans are mirrors of the soil and the climatic environment in which the plants were cultivated. Coffee cuppings highlight the special characteristics of the various different coffee plant varieties. Last but not least, the physical and sensorial characteristics of the beans are also a result of the roasting method.   Continue reading COFFEE CUPPING, WHAT IS MEAN?

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CREATIVE SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOPS IN PRAGUE

Overview

Did you know that Prague is the home of a famous, metaphorically called ‘Dancing House’ – a building that represents the Yin and Yang philosophy of life?

Dancing house

The Yin and Yang symbol dates back to ancient China and represents the belief that everything in the universe consists of two forces that are opposing but complementary.[1]

In Prague, the dynamic Yin and Yang world view and life wisdom can be observed everywhere!

Contemporary masterpieces complement ancient treasures.

Prague is home to impressive medieval architecture, ornate buildings, cobblestone streets, beautiful parks and charming neighbourhoods where we can explore witty modern art and creative business concepts.

Ema cafe

Prague’s cafes and coffee shops represent the city’s many-sided ‘Yin and Yang’ cultural spirit.

Some cafes have been around for many decades. Have you ever wondered, where Albert Einstein enjoyed sipping coffee? Then you could come to Prague. Famous artists like Einstein or Franz Kafka visited these places in search of inspiration and peace.

In Prague, we can also find an increasing number of new, blooming specialty coffee shops. All of them enhance the ‘Golden City’s’ creative vibes.

We explored various, different specialty coffee shops in Prague and experienced unique moments that satisfied our senses!

Below, you will find a list of specialty coffee shops that you should not miss in Prague.

The list includes coffee shops that:

– offer coffee drinks from fresh roasted coffee

– grind the beans freshly every time before they brew the coffee

– prepare Batch Brew or other alternative preparation methods

– make it their priority to serve excellent coffee and some small dishes and deserts on the side

–  use a manual or semi-automatic coffee machine

–  offer not only flavours, but also an inspiring environment and friendly customer service

Café Jen

[1] Carlo Miguel Lao, The Yin and the Yang: Harmony and Balance in the Workplace, Lookingglass, https://bit.ly/2wIU19D

COMPLETE LIST(70) OF SPECIALTY COFFEE SHOPS PRAGUE JUNE 2019

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COFFEE PHYLOSOPHY

“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

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UNPLEASENT FLAVOURS IN A COFFEE

Coffee flavours

Some of the unpleasant flavours

Bitter flavours are usually connected with a higher temperature of brewing water. Also, if the coffee tastes bitter, it’s recommended to let the drink cool down a little bit.

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COFFEE BREWING METHODS

Two main coffee brewing methods

INFUSION METHODS:

It can be any method, where the water consistently flows through ground coffee from the filter to the cup. The exit holes of the coffee-maker are open and not blocked. Pre-infusion gives you control over clarity and extraction of the coffee brewing process.

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THE ART OF SPECIALTY COFFEE CULTURE

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. Not only do we appreciate the magic of the coffee drink in all its aspects, but we also notice and enjoy the beautiful utensils of the ritual  and our pleasant surroundings.

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CHEESE AND COFFEE PAIRING – PRACTICAL PART

Types of used cheese

  • “Old Holland”, a hard and dry cheese
  • A soft, 48% milk cheese
  • Radamer – Emmental, 45% milk
  • A smoked soft cheese
  • A hard cheese, covered with pepper
  • A hard cheese, covered with paprika
Photo by Monserrat Solis from Pexels
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