Coffeehouse Music – coffeetunes #14

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today is one of those days I am longing for both sun and motivation. Music has always been such a big deal for me. I like its company, like nonstop.  Also, I do find myself much more productive when I have got some tunes on in the back – like right now. To me, music is not only an element that brings people together and makes certain moments even more special, powerful and acknowledgeable, I see it as an everlasting yet inspiring source as well. Since we´re all fresh in 2019, a new coffeetunes playlist should be too, right? Here´s a bunch of my favorite tracks I am currently listening to.

Enjoy & have a good week! X

Sunday Chat & Changes

Back to [insert yours] university, back to work, back to school, back to a vacation from the vacation, back to a daily routine or whatsoever – my dear coffee mates, please consider this post as a chatty one. This Sunday talk prepares and explains you a bit about what is coming up, why and when – let me say, those words shall sum up the already ending summer season which was beautifuuuul in all terms and happily gets you ready for the lovely upcoming autumn season which is likely the time where new things in life happen to start.

In all honesty, I like it when things in life are changing – I see it as a sort of answer that you have made the most of all previous milestones and have grown. You are ready for a new celebration in your personal life and new memories are about to start. I am not saying that changes are necessarily easy but they might be a great opportunity to learn something about yourself, your people and others or new ones. Don´t hide, just try them out and take part in all the excitements your current life steps are happen to offer. Allow yourself to enjoy them purely – I mean, you can always hide with a decent amount of coffee if you need a break. 😉

Lean back and look forward to a lot. IMG_1789.jpgAs there is loads going on lately, I struggled a bit in finding time to actual sit down and type away a few words about new impressions in terms of coffeeplaces, my dear coffee fellows. I am sorry for that. For some reasons this coffee page is not quite getting the regular attention at the moment I wish it to. Anyways, I am very optimistic and of course still very keen on sharing new gems more regularly sooner than you might expect it up here.
Also I would like to mention that you will notice a bit of a geographical change when it comes to coffeeplace discoveries within the next time. Probably a little less Vienna based, but more international stories around coffee and stuff. Beginning this October, I guess. Do not get me wrong, I will definitely keep this coffeeblog very balanced though, that is for sure. As I have a passion for strolling around and discovering new places and as I am clearly a little fan of traveling, you do not need to worry about not finding a great coffeespot near you! Eventually there is a good coffeeplace for everyone I am sharing up here which will convince you in ordering your latte sometime. I promise.

Well well well…I assume we are on the same page when I say that this kind of blog post does not fulfil my coffeeblog policy if I would use it as an introduction for an actual coffeespot review. No way, we do it different anyways today which means I like to end this post with a sense of curiosity for everybody.
Hence I am using this chat to share some visuals with you, just a few sneak peeks. I would like to give you an idea or rather a little hint where the prospective posts will take you and to what you can start to look forward to, folks! Let us start right away, oh and by the way, guesses are welcome. All the best. 🙂

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Coffee Reading #1

Today/Tonight (that is entirely up to you) I am sharing a coffee related post which is slightly more different than the ones I am usually publishing here. It is not about a specific coffeespot which inspired and enchanted me recently, nor is it a sort of updated version of my coffeetunes playlist…rrrather, well it is a new format. Completely new, actually. I have not figured out whether treating this format as a regular one but we will see where it goes. The idea basically just came up recently and since I am always keen on trying out something new, I thought why not. Sure the focus stays the same, so no off topic stuff here, but as I said it is a write up in a slightly different way. Maybe it is the freely flexibility this blog gives me or rather just healthy creativity coming from myself – anyhow, it needs to get out there and does have a sense of excitement.

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So, I would like to dedicate this post to some coffee related reading I have recently stuck into. It is a mixture of a bunch of different topics covering the main topic aka coffee of course but the articles are different. No reviews or trend shoutouts at this point. Just reading about the industry. Let me call it pure coffee reading written by journalists, founders of coffee places or simply passionates. One chosen article is quite going into deep – yes, sometimes also more serious and thoughtful readings come along regarding the coffee topic – others are much more a delightful enjoyment. Naturally all may be truly inspiring and fun fact, one is even event related.
The new format Coffee Reading starts now (number one out of we will see). It is what it is. Just that.

BTW, the upcoming numbers are randomly picked which means there is no preference. It is just a personal list to make it easier for you to follow. 🙂
On another note, I would like to mention and point out that this post is not sponsored or at one tiniest level ad related. It may seem so because of a list of picked products, but clearly it is just a personal review and recommendation party. Like all the other published content you may find on my blog. If otherwise, it is clearly stated but as my aim is to share my enjoyment in terms of coffee with you, I am much more focusing on subjective and personal content rather than writing because somebody wants or pays me to. Just wanted to mention this in the first place before you are heading into this journalistic-ish coffee post of today/tonight (as I said, it is up to you ;)) – Have a good read, coffee folks!

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I would like to begin this new series with the one and only “The World Atlas of Coffee”. Written by the wonderful James Hoffmann. Let me call him the inside champion in the world of coffee. He has been publishing many many posts about the coffee world since 2004 on his blog and basically summed up all his knowledge beautifully in the aforementioned book. If you are curious what this is all about, you can download a free chapter via his website. Kind of a cool thing which makes it super easy to get a first insight and then decide whether it is something for you. Anyhow, I believe every page is worth reading and/or rather looking at it (sure it includes many gorgeous pictures as well – visuals do matter!!).

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(C) James Hoffmann

– I really enjoyed reading this book and every once in a while I intend to look up several coffee things. It is the perfect reading material which explains literally everything from C to E (you dear coffee junkies get this abbreviation, I believe ;)) and helps a lot when you just need to know something about this industry instantly. James Hoffmann is in the business for like twelve years already. That means something, right? – In all honesty, I would never give it back, the book is a little treasure. It covers everything you need to know. I appreciate the fact when people are willing to share their knowledge with others via different canals or just want to express themselves in an individual way, be it a song, a writing or even a sculpture (somewhat). Sharing means caring and that is wonderful.

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Okay, the second reading I picked is a book again. My lovely mom got me this one and it amazed me the second I was holding it in my hands. The book has almost the same size and thickness as the one mentioned above. It covers so many hidden gems of the coffee industry and you cannot believe how many gorgeous baristats are spotted in there as well. Like half a hundred or so? No kidding. 😉
It is truly amazing how many awesome coffeespots are still waiting to get discovered! Above all this book managed to rise my curiosity about the Australian and New Zealand coffee places. Dreaming about this part of the world for ages!!

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Besides the book, the website of “Refinery 29” in general covers truly cool and amazing coffee content indeed. I am sure everybody will be successful in finding an exciting and above all interesting coffee story. It is fun just browsing through various articles, I guarantee you will not regret killing some time on this website.

 

 

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Will we ever run out of coffee? Need to mention this write up too although it is not exactly a fun topic. What exactly does coffee have to do with climate change? You may find out while reading this article published by a journalist of the BBC recently. I honestly had some mixed feelings while reading this. It emphasises some points in terms of coffee and environment which we all probably have never really thought of. Or not enough… Let me know what you think after reading this one. Just four words from my side regarding this article for now -> poor planet poor coffee! Besides the more serious topic, it is a good read though, trust me.

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Last but not least, a shoutout for a fun and creative coming together! This coffee related event definitely has its perks. If I was in the UK at that time of the year I would not hesitate to go there and share my thoughts with the other coffee lovers!! Sure thing. Maybe someone of you is lucky enough to attend this coffee celebration event though. In that case, have fun! And drink some coffee for me too please..

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– Well that´s a wrap, I guess. I hope you have enjoyed or are still enjoying those several linked readings. Maybe they put you in a different caffeine mindset as well as they maybe help you to increase your coffee knowledge.
So far so good, I am happy to hear if you have liked this new format or fancy such posts in the upcoming future on this blog in general – I am thinking about turning this into a regular thing or so. So, let me know and do not dehydrate, it is summerly hot in most parts of the world, yay. 🙂