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….

Reunionese coffee beans: Bourbon Pointu – Arabica species

“A very low caffeine content, a delicate flavour… A floral and fruity aroma with notes of musk, rhubarb, pineapple, rose and spices…”  – Pierre Hermé, French Pastry Chef Bourbon and Typica are the two main varieties of the Coffee Arabica species. They are considered to be the two “Heirloom”or “Heritage” Arabica coffee varieties, which originated…

Ethiopian ‘Heirloom’ coffees – A mysterious and colorful palette

You travel on until you return home; you live on until you return to earth. – Ethiopian Proverb Ethiopia is a fascinating country. ‘The Land of Origins’ has a rich history, hospitable people with deep spiritual traditions, indescribably beautiful landscapes with striking natural contrasts. Ethiopia is the home the world’s rarest animals and plants and…

The Art of Food and Coffee Pairing, Coffee Barista blog

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. – Ryunosuke Satoro, Japanese writer, poet Why don’t we pair coffee with food in order to enhance the complex flavors of both? In doing so, we could first smell and taste our coffee drinks with no food at all to identify their distinct texture, body…

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….

Top 10 creative and beautifully designed Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai

Creativity is booming in Chiang Mai! Experience this thriving city and the art of making things happen! Expect the unexpected and get inspired! The interior design and atmosphere of coffee shops in Chiang Mai are not ‘faceless’. They not only reflect the personality and visions of their owners, but they also create new and memorable…

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…

Japanese Coffee Culture – The art of Kodawari, coffee blog about Kissaten

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…