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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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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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THE ART OF COFFEE DRINKING

There’s nothing quite like a fresh start

Coffee is not just a drink. It’s a wonderful sensational experience!
To fully appreciate the aromas and flavors of our coffee drinks, we should make it a habit to cleanse our mouths properly before taking the first sip.
What’s the best way to cleanse our palates?
There are many different ways. It all depends on us and our preferences.

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COFFEE CULTURE IN ASIA

Coffee travel around South – East  Asia

When I was travelling around Asia, I spoke with many local baristas. I also used the chance to participate in various coffee brewing workshops.

I am amazed, how baristas in Asia generally have a strong desire to really understand the complex processes of coffee growing, harvesting, processing, roasting, brewing and tasting. They want to know, how one process has a causal effect on the other processes. Many Asian baristas enjoy tasting coffee knowledgeably. It brings them happiness to understand why for some brews the most notable flavor is blueberry or dark chocolate. Continue reading COFFEE CULTURE IN ASIA

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TWO IDEAS FOR BETTER “COFFEE LIFE”

Mindful Coffee Moments: Grinding Coffee Beans

The mortar and pestle are ancient grinding utensils and historically closely associated with creating medicine. They are effective tools to prepare ingredients and to bring out aromatic and essential oils in a natural way.
In the Ethiopian culture, coffee preparation is a mindful ceremony during which the beans are ground with a mortar and pestle. It’s a long ritual, a time of contemplation and a process that is not performed quickly.

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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.

Caffeine

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THE EFFECT CUP OF SHAPE ON TASTE OF COFFEE

Ceramic coffee cups

Ceramic coffee cups

Large-sample experiment, conducted in Brazil

A recent study had been conducted during a specialty coffee event in Brazil. The goal of the study was to investigate whether or not different shapes of coffee cups will affect the coffee drinking experience of taste and flavour. 276 participants – both amateurs and professional consumers – were asked to drink the same coffee from a tulip, an open and split-shaped cup.

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WHY IS COFFEE SO POPULAR?

Simple things and small shifts in thinking can change our life… and the world. Often times, we are getting too comfortable in our daily routines. We stop challenging ourselves and lose the drive in making our life more meaningful, interesting and fun. One of the thing is “coffee”.

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Overview

There is a way to make it better. Find it.
Thomas Edison, American inventor (1847-1931)

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages. Many people start their day with a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee. I will not discuss the possible benefits or risks of drinking coffee, but it’s a fact that the majority of people drink coffee to boost their energy, to focus better on a task or to refresh themselves. 

Is it coffee energy drink?

‘Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.’
Oprah Winfrey

A lot of people think that caffeine is the main energy source of coffee. However, I don’t agree with it. In my point of view, the biggest energy source of coffee are the mindful moments while we are enjoying the drink, our company and the environment around us. Magic happens when we practice mindfulness and start to notice and appreciate the coffee’s story from the plantation to the cup as well as the flavours, aromas and texture of the final drink. These exciting, magic and relaxing moments will give us energy.

Let’s also keep in mind that that caffeine doen’t give us energy. Through a kind of biological trickery, caffeine tricks us into thinking that we are not tired.

Source: David Ferguson, Coffee doesn’t give you energy, it just fools your brain into thinking it isn’t tired, Raw Story,December 27, 2014: https://bit.ly/2XUeOGr

If you want to drink a coffee like real energy drink, sugar, milk or cream needs to be added. One may also enjoy an energetic meal before drinking the coffee.

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