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COFFEE AROMA – SENSE OF SMELL

The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the conscious mind. – Thalassa Cruso (1909 – 1997), plant lover

Smell

We smell and sense the world around us every day. A lot of what we actually “taste” is done through smelling. Our sense of smell could be capable of so much more – if we would train it!  George Dodd, who runs the Aroma Academy in Aberdeen, emphasizes: “People don’t realise that the sense of the smell is like a muscle. Use it or lose it.” Our noses are amazing. We just need to pay attention.
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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”.

Cup of black coffee

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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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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IS IT COFFEE HARVEST BY HAND AN EASY TASK?

“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!

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SUSTAINABLE FARMING – HARMONY IN DIVERSITY

“The essence of beauty is unity in variety.” –

Felix Mendelssohn, German composer (1809 – 1847)

Coffee plantation

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

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COFFEE TASTE PERCEPTION AND THE COLOR OF OUR CUP

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

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YEMEN – PLACE WHERE COFFEE STARTED ROAD AROUND THE WORLD

History

‘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.

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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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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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