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KODAWARI AND KISSATEN – JAPANESE COFFEE CULTURE

The passionate pursuit of an ideal

Kodawari

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)

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COFFEE DRIPPERS – WHAT EQUIPMENT IS THE BEST FOR YOU.

  • Hario focus on Clarity
  • Wood neck focus on Body
  • Aeropress focus on Body
  • Chemex focus on Clarity
  • Kalita focus on clarity but create also a good body
  • Melita focus on Clarity
  • French Press, focus on Body
  • Clever Dripper focus on Body and Clarity
  • Moka pot focus on body
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SLOW DRIP – COFFEE BREWING PREPARATION

About

This method has gained popularity in Japan. The Slow drip method is used mainly at cold brew. ”Hot” Slow drip is something like alternative between Pour over Drip coffee.

When we prepare coffee via the Drip method, we are slowly dripping water over the coffee grounds. In doing so, the water does not overflow the grind.

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COFFEE BREWING BASICS

Steps before you start:

  • Prepare all equipment that you need.
  • Check to see if the grinder is clean.
  • Start preparing water. If you are in countries where you can use Tap water and it tastes good, I always recommend letting the water run for a few seconds before using it.
  • While heating the water, you can weight and grind the coffee, but it is best to use the coffee grains within 10 minutes.
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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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CUP OR MUG OF COFFEE?

Cups vs. Mugs

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes

What are the differences between cups and mugs?

There are many possible different definitions for cups and mugs. Generally, it can be concluded that the capacity is the main aspect that differentiates cups from mugs. Cups are smaller than mugs. A cup typically holds not more than 6 fl. oz. of liquid (180ml). A mug typically 8 fl. oz. if liquid (240ml) or more.

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SHADE GROWN COFFEE CHERRIES

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.
– Chinese proverb

Trees on Coffee plantation

We need trees. Why are trees so important? According to the Irish Botanist, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, trees are the most important living organisms on earth! Trees protect and feed our planet. They provide life-giving oxygen, store carbon and stabilise the soil.

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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 – DEFINITION

Brewing

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.

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