Month: December 2015

Humans of coffee: Tim Jay

Who is Tim Jay? Tim Jay is a 29 year old who spent a lot of years drifting across Australia and a few other countries. Though I tried to follow the path mapped out for me and my peers as a teenager – study, university, career and buying a house –  I never really believed in it. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, it just wasn’t for me. So I travelled, worked as a chef, book store clerk, photographer, journalist, actor, model and a whole lot of other things in between. Like a lot of other people out there, I struggled for years with depression and got through that with the help of friends and taking up a solid exercise regime. I discovered coffee when I was in Cambodia. Looking back now there was nothing particularly special about that coffee other than being freshly roasted. Maybe it was the place too, Cambodia is haunting and beautiful. What is your best childhood memory? I’d be lying if I said I had one. I had a somewhat difficult …

Humans of coffee: Emma Lee

  Who is Emma Lee?  I’m disciplined in the art of results. As head designer in junior sportswear for a fast-fashion company based in San Francisco, Byer California. What is your best childhood memory?  The daily conversations with my mother after a long school day. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?  I actually don’t really have anything much that I would do differently in life, so far I’m pretty lucky and really grateful of what I have and given in my life. What do you feel most proud of? Having the luck and stamina to achieve and nourishing my role as head designer within my respected field. In constant revolving inspirations of fashion and its business’ challenges. If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be and why? Does a person consider as possessions? If it does… I guess I would only keep my parents and my husband… they’re the most supportive family in my life and I would take them everywhere I go. …

How to taste coffee

Practice. We tend to believe that our taste is a sense that stays the same, and although physically that may be true to an extent, there are ways of getting better at tasting. Firstly we need to understand what influences our taste. “The first taste is with the eyes”, how food or drink is presented has a huge effect on how we taste it. Often people will see a meal that is amazingly presented and have the preconception that the taste of the food will meet the standard of its appearance and as a result, decide the food tastes great without having listened to their tongue. Taste and aesthetics are separate and appearance should try to be forgotten about when attempting to taste something. An example of how influential appearance is on taste was demonstrated in a study in which scientists dyed a white wine, red and had a panel of wine connoisseurs describe the wine. The result showed that the experts described the wine using descriptors typical of a red wine. This demonstrates that …

Humans of coffee: Heather Mason

Who is Heather Mason? I’m a 40-something writer-photographer-blogger and I live in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a suburb called Melville. I moved from the United States to South Africa in 2010, which is when I started writing my blog, 2Summers. Slowly, over the last six years, blogging has evolved from a hobby into a profession. What is your best childhood memory? I was a serious athlete during my childhood and youth and played on a competitive girls’ softball team. When I was about 15 my team won the Maryland State Championship, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, and went on to place 9th out of 60 teams at the U.S. National Championship. Being part of a team like that was an amazing experience and taught me a lot. It was definitely the best summer of my childhood. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Several years ago, I left a marriage. I knew I had to do it and I knew that ultimately my leaving would be the best …

How to order your favorite coffee from any coffeeshop

Isabel Jones is a wife, barista and blogger. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, now living in in Lake Charles, Louisiana, she has a wonderfully funny husband and a dog named Doge. And she was kind enough to share this post with us. Coffee has blown up! Anywhere you go you can guarantee there will be a coffee shop, but you can’t guarantee you will be able to recite an order and get the same drink every time. Coffee has so many origins and so many traditions, and there was never really a big meeting where all the big coffee lords decided on a standard for all coffee shops to follow. I mean, there’s no way you can walk into any old coffee shop, order the macchiato and expect the same thing every time. This is why I want to give you a barista’s guide to getting exactly what you want from any coffee shop! The basics This is a good place to start. Generally, any drink you order stems from the four basic drink recipes. Once you know these, …

Humans of coffee: Wayne Oberholzer

Who is Wayne Oberholzer? I like to think of myself as being loyal… Almost to a fault. I get confused with this man mountain of a human who is almost unapproachable. When this couldn’t be furthest from the truth. I have a passion for learning new things, and I am constantly looking to understand stuff outside of my field. I love flavours and the exploration of flavours. Understanding what makes flavours and flavour combinations tick. I have 70 Dives to my name an advance Free-diving license. A pilots license. A Motorbike License, 3 National coffee titles and a passion for travel. What is your best childhood memory? I have too many really to nail down just one. As a child we would travel to Mauritius a lot. Went to the US twice, including Disney world and New York. As a young aspiring Pilot and lover of Top Gun, I was super fortunate enough to have been to Pensacola and got to see the Blue Angels all lined up and ready to go. But probably the …

Istanbul’s third wave coffee map

Istanbul, has taken its share of the current phenomenon that glorify artisanship behind coffee. Are we complaining? Of course not! Here are my top 5 coffee houses: #5: Sunday Coffee Bar Sunday Coffee Bar offers you Sunday Spirit everyday. Its very quiet and peaceful, you can work/chat/read/think while watching the street. And flat white is served with a mini cookie! #4: Kronotop Kronotop is a small but well equipped coffee shop in Cihangir. They claim making the best “specialty coffee” with their unique roasting machines. We agree 🙂 #3: Mahalo Coffee Shop In Hawaii language, Mahalo means “Thank you”, and you’ll also be thankful to spend time here. You can get lost while finding it but don’t worry! It’s between old buildings and repairers. The chef in the kitchen bakes fresh cakes & pastries all day. They are really delicious! On top, flat white was smooth like a cotton candy! #2: Drip Coffeeist Asmalimescit Interior design with rustic touches makes you feel like home in Drip Coffeeist. When you find its street, don’t forget to …

Humans of coffee: Karabo Mashishi

Who is Karabo Mashishi? I am a young creative person born and raised in Soweto. My environment has highly influenced the kind of person I am. I’m very passionate about style, motoring and design in that order. Apparently I’m a hipster but it’s just who I am. I’m a denimhead, that loves the artisanal movement that is growing in South Africa. What is your best childhood memory? It has be the inquisitive child I was, I remember asking my dad about cars and luckily for me he always knew the answers to the never ending questions. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I would probably put all my focus into design, clothing design to be specific. But I am a believer in things happening for a reason so my journey has taken this turn for a specific reason, i’ll find out in the end I guess. What do you feel most proud of? I’m proud of the Self-Discovery journey I’ve been on, I feel like I’ve …

Humans of Coffee: Alessio La Ruffa

Most don’t believe me when I say I’m an introvert. You know that guy, the life of the party. The conversationalist. The crowd magnet. That’s not me. So I don’t meet many more people beyond my small, tight network. Until coffee. Coffee’s changed all that. I’ve met more people through coffee in the last 2 years than I’ve met through any other social medium in the last 10. I want to introduce you to them. So I started an initiative called Humans of Coffee. And the first human I’d like to introduce you to is Alessio La Ruffa. Who is Alessio La Ruffa? Alessio La Ruffa is an introvert that doesn’t like taking phone calls. He’s also a photographer and social media marketer. He’s made many bad decisions, some good ones and likes the direction that his life is currently taking. What is your best childhood memory? I would have to say my birthdays. They were always in the school holidays, and they were days all about me, having fun, being with my friends and …

My morning routine

Every morning I wake up with one thing on my mind. Coffee. The house is very quiet early in the morning. Most mornings all you can hear are the birds. I’ll lay in bed to just listen to that singing. Soon enough I’m in the kitchen. Pouring filtered water into a kettle. While the kettle heats I’m at the cupboard. Considering my options. Guatemala. Costa Rica. Rwanda. Where will I go today? The scale comes out. 25 grams of beans. Into the grinder. Preset to coarse. I remember to close the kitchen door so that the grinding doesn’t wake the wife. I’m a husband not an inconsiderate bastard. Rinse the filter. Warm the chemex. Rinse the cup. Warm the cup. Wait for the water to cool to 93. Then start the pour. Slowly. In tight little circles. 50 grams. Then I’ll wait. For the bloom. When it comes I’m happy. Pat myself on the back for picking up freshly roasted beans. Continue the pour. Slowly. In tight little circles. 350 grams. I lean in a …