A chatty one including a fresh coffeetunes playlist. #11

I hope you´ve all had a lovely Easter break my dear coffeelovers. Some of you may had chocolate, some may spent the weekend abroad, some of you maybe went for great long walks with your beloved ones or chilled a well-deserved bit on the sofa – whether you celebrated Easter or not, I am sure you´ve found a way to enjoy the bit of spring sun the past weekend.

And speaking of spring, actually I´d like to share a fresh playlist with you today!! A new round of coffeetunes is back – we´re reaching a new kinda decade here really (read: coffeetunes#11) yay I´d say? Give it a listen sometime and smile. Music sometimes helps us appreciating certain moments way more and doubtless, keeps us company. There you go! X

And may I add some words to this coffeetunes post as well this time…

A few songs appearing on this playlist actually inspired me the recent weeks. Ironically one of them is called ‘Coming Home’ which was not necessarily the one I was listening to the most, but however, the title kind of goes well with my recent thoughts.

The thing with writing is, it can feel so fulfilling sometimes. I like the fact of putting thoughts together and being a bit of a storyteller from time to time. Similar to musicians who´re doing their lyrics really. Writing brings me great joy and does help me to assimilate certain things I am currently thinking or rather going through or just experiencing better, in a good way.

Even though, I am nearly mainly dedicating my writing up here to coffee only, I thought it might be nice to write up some personal lines from time to time as well. Plus, it does make my coffeeblog more personal and I think that little extra bit may make your reading experience more varied too.

I´ve experienced quite a few moments recently where I found myself realising something not just once, a few times actually. Sometimes you need to go or live somewhere else in order to find out what and where you really want to be. It´s kind of making your experiences through following your instincts which have lead me to a certain point I was intending to find along this year abroad: a point of having this, I´d like to call it ‘inner calmness’ – you start realising and even appreciating why you chose certain paths and left some behind for a bit, you´ve tried them out and now you know you got them figured out for yourself. I am grateful and proud of that. – I am pretty sure the majority of you won´t have a clue of what I am talking about right now..I´ll let it up to your interpretation but all I want to end this paragraph right now, is with the following: HOME, I am very much looking forward to you! Truly.

Happy reading & listening aaaand incredible ongoing coffee sessions, Carmen.


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.


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!


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!!).

(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.


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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(C) Carmen Lenzeder
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(C) Carmen Lenzeder

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.




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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(C) Nassos Stylianou, BBC UK


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..

(C) Eventbrite UK

– 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. 🙂