Yemen – From where the art of coffee drinking was spread to the world

‘If Ethiopia is the heart of coffee, Yemen is the mind.’ – Albert Zijlstra, Volcanocafé ‘While coffee was discovered in Ethiopia, it was the Arabs who developed coffee cultivation to an art.’ – Hayes’ Coffees, Illinois, USA Between the 8th and the 12th century, wild Coffea plants had been discovered in the jungles of Ethiopia….

Sustainable Farming – Harmony in Diversity, coffee blog from farm

“The essence of beauty is unity in variety.” – Felix Mendelssohn, German composer (1809 – 1847) 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….

Green Bean Classification & Grading, coffee beans grade

The evaluation and grading of green coffee beans is an important step in ensuring an excellent final cup of coffee. Only the finest quality coffee beans should be used for the preparation of extraordinary coffee drinks. Excellent roasting and brewing practices combined with poor-quality coffee beans will not create memorable coffee experiences. Specialty coffee roasters…

Peaceful & Creative Morning Moments with Coffee – morning rituals

Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out. – Katherine Dunham The act of preparing and enjoying a cup of delicious coffee is a wonderful morning ritual, especially during the winter time. The moments between waking up in the morning and getting ready for…

The various different shades of Honey Processed Coffee Beans

Colour Your World! Coffee can be processed from the cherry to the green beans that are going to be roasted via a ‘Honey’ Processing Method. In doing so, only the skin and the pulp of the coffee cherry are removed. The coffee beans (seeds) are dried within the remaining honey- like, sugary, mucilage layer –…

Coffee Processing Methods – from farm to cup – coffee blog

Coffee Processing Methods Fall in love with the process and the result will come. – American motivational speaker An important part of the story behind each cup of coffee – from harvest to enjoying the final drink – is the way the coffee beans had been processed from the cherry to the green beans that…

Kissaten

Kissaten is Japanese style of morning ritual, “Eat good with cup of coffee  on morning.” This is first step for success day. One very good place  with name “Flour, Flour” to  do this ritual is in  modern part of Chiang Mai / Thailand. The city is called also “Capital city of coffee in South-East Asia” In…

Is coffee harvesting by hand an easy task

“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien 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! Coffee grows in mountainous…

Erna​ ​Knutsen​ founder of SCA

An inspiring leader, who shaped the specialty coffee culture “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John​ ​Quincy​ ​Adams Knutsen emigrated from Norway to the USA when she was 5 years old. In her early 40s, she accepted a job as a…

The Art of Specialty Coffee – A Journey and Not a Competition

Life is not a competition. Living a fulfilled and meaningful life is about cooperation and compassion. I like the idea of ‘Specialty Coffee Festivals’ that celebrate the idea of unity and diversity. It does not matter, who is ‘the best’ farmer, ‘the best’ roaster or ‘the best’ barista because ‘the best’’ does not exist. We…