Coffee, Coffee, Coffee


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Best way to start the day. Coffee in Prague

I think the biggest misconception about me is people really don’t know who I really am. They see the party side of me, they see the crazy side of me. But I also have a laid-back side. You know, I’m chill, down to earth. If you want to grab a cup of coffee and just talk about life, I can do that. Nicole Polizzi

Coffee, tea, mimosas, roasted cinnamon bread = breakfast in Prague.

The thing about coffee is…

It is everywhere, you can have it with anyone, there are many different ways of having it, it can start a day, end a meal, start a conversation, and fill in any and every blank.

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. Abraham Lincoln

If you don’t like coffee?  Well, there is tea. 24 days in Croatia brought us coffee and tea experiences (and sometimes mimosas for a wake up call).  Best way to start the day and sometimes, the best way to end the day.

Coffee is a language in itself. Jackie Chan

With coffee you can…

Talk, listen, think, rest, feel, taste, smell.

What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup. ~Henry Rollins

Random wake up calls from Washington State to Washington DC.

This coffee falls into your stomach, and straightway there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move like the battalions of the Grand Army of the battlefield, and the battle takes place. Things remembered arrive at full gallop, ensuing to the wind. The light cavalry of comparisons deliver a magnificent deploying charge, the artillery of logic hurry up with their train and ammunition, the shafts of with start up like sharpshooters. Similes arise, the paper is covered with ink; for the struggle commences and is concluded with torrents of black water, just as a battle with powder. ~Honoré de Balzac, “The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee”

You know I love coffee

A Simple Cup o’ Joe – Venezuela; A Simple Cup o’ Joe – Nigeria  I have a confession to make – Venezuela; Morning Reflections – Everywhere ; Definitely a first world problem – Costa Rica; Costa Rica – Land of... – Costa Rica; Fantastic Kids – Nepal:  Coffee Break – Turkey; I’m sensing a trend – Amsterdam;  Another Cup O’Joe – Nigeria

Fellow coffee talkers

parttimemonster; zenandpi; catsnchocolate; leavesetlivres; scribbleandscran; truenorthbricks; trentsworld; caroljforrester; whatrhymeswithstanza

 

Another Cup O’ Joe- Nigeria


I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. T. S. Eliot

Coffee does indeed seem to be an obsession of mine.  Past coffee posts for which I sipped coffee while writing:

A Simple Cup o’ Joe – Venezuela; I have a confession to make – Venezuela; Morning Reflections – Everywhere ; Definitely a first world problemCosta Rica; Costa Rica – Land of... – Costa Rica; Fantastic Kids – Nepal:  Coffee Break – Turkey

I even have a favorite coffee compilation:  40Songswithcoffee

So here I go again down that road…

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So a coffee tour in Nigeria.  It was pouring down rain right before we left so I dressed accordingly.  I assumed it would be like my past coffee tours and I would be stomping through a coffee farm in the pouring rain.  I was rather looking forward to it.  Well, not so much.  It was a very civilized tour of a roasting facility.  We were able to look at some great photos, machines, hear about the history of how coffee was discovered, how it arrived in Nigeria and how it arrives today.

We were also shown how to grind, roast, taste and rate a variety of coffee bean varieties.  We sampled coffee from Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and a couple of other African countries.  It was delicious and informative.  I was very impressed with the baristas‘ knowledge about all aspects of coffee. It was also super impressive to see the many different ways you can roast and prepare coffee.  There were even folks who didn’t drink coffee on the tour.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and thanks for stopping by.

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“What do you want?”
“Just coffee. Black – like my soul.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

Other posts I enjoyed

Afrika; Lena; Ouch; Ohm; Lens; Solitary; Wooly; Pimp; LeDrake; Minimalist

Fantastic Kids


While on a coffee “trek” in Nepal, I definitely saw some great sites.  Despite being in Nepal, no one expected trekking to the coffee farm. (In reality it was not a major trek, just a very, very long climb down).

had some harrowing roads to travel

We had some coffee and eventually toured the grounds.  Pretty impressive and more so knowing how difficult it is to grow a coffee tree (it takes 4-5 years for the first fruit).  It’s also a lot of hard work.

After the farm tour, we were able to tour the Kathmandu roasting plant.  Ironically we ended our coffee tour by drinking a cup of tea!!!

However, out of all of the fantastic things we saw on this trek.. the local kids were the most fantastic!!

Other fantastic posts:

  1. Where’s my Backpack
  2. Now at home
  3. Caverns
  4. Le Drake Noir
  5. World and time
  6. Sangria stained lips
  7. Oh the places we see
  8. Traveller on a mission
  9. Paris
  10. Cubus
  11. Deco
  12. Walls

Coffee Break


“What do you want?”
“Just coffee. Black – like my soul.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

Yes!! Once again it’s time for a coffee break. As I have mentioned or shown in past posts (I have a confession A simple cup of Joe…and Morning Reflections), I like coffee.

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from- or how you feel…There’s always peace in a strong cup of coffee.”― Gabriel Bá, Daytripper

One of my favorite things to do is to wake up eat a solid breakfast and drink a very strong cup of coffee.  So in honor of that and reflecting some of my favorite past travels.  I would like to share some of my most recent favorite coffee breaks.  So here is to bountiful beans which are inviting and welcoming to strangers!!

Coffee is a language in itself.   Jackie Chan

No matter how you take it or where they serve it.. you just can’t beat coffee in Turkey!!

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I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.   Lewis Black

I like coffee anywhere, but coffee in Vietnam.. though small.. it doesn’t get any better.

“Hydrogenated and androgynous milky white love is all I have to offer you. Would you like me to pour it in your coffee, or directly into your soul?
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― Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over.

Other favorite coffee time pictures:

Other posts  I enjoyed while drinking my coffee

Costa Rica – Land of…


Costa Rica, which means “rich coast” in English, has definitely earned its reputation as a lush, green, semi-tropical oasis of adventure and beauty.  It has enjoyed a stable democracy for over 100 years and hasn’t even had an army since 1948.

With only 2 seasons – rainy and summer – you will be able to visit and enjoy this small mountainous country that is filled with, and I quote,

“friendly people, spectacular birds and flowers whose intense colors rival those of an erupting volcano, activities ranging from white water rafting and surfing to sport fishing and golf, and more than a thousand lodging options to choose from, including everything from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to luxury five-star hotels. With so much variety, there’s guaranteed to be something to suit everyone’s taste!”

Now having led up to an awesome photo-filled blog about the stunning-ness that is Costa Rica I have to be honest.  This was my last trip in South America and after spending the last couple months traveling through Venezuela, Peru and Panama I had ran out of steam.  So my very worthy travel companion through Colombia, Panama and Chile and I decided to just chill in the Costa Rica’s main town of San Jose.

I will say that if you ever go to visit Costa Rica, don’t stop in San Jose.  Take the next flight to the rain forest, a mountain area or any of the beautiful beaches that cover every other part of Costa Rica.  San Jose does have some interesting sights for a day or two, which is all we had to spend there, but the beauty that exists in this country really lies outside of this city.  We were able to visit a coffee plantation, drink wine and disfruta la vida regardless but we definitely missed some of the best of what makes this country such an amazing get-away.  I hope you enjoy my relaxing and quite un-eventful visit to paradise.

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