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
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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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.
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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
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)
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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.
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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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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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