Like a good friend, a good cup of coffee comforts us, makes things feel right and sparks beautiful ideas. Store on fun facts, helpful hints and fascinating frugal clues how to choose the right fit to your coffee tastes from this infographic which spreads information and inspiration perfect for your second cup.
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The infographic celebrates the free-spirited coffee lover who does away with rigid coffee drinking rule and enjoying a good cup one’s own way. This is exactly how our coffee friend blogger Ryoko Iwata of en.ilovecoffee.jp does – preparing her own cup and savoring it just the way she likes it! Most coffee fiends will agree that’s the secret to finding real joy with a good cup of coffee.
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Since early times when coffee beans was considered a treasured commodity reserved only for the high and the mighty, to modern times when it now serves as the great equalizer, meaning everyone can enjoy it anyway he or she wants, this fascinating beverage has played an important role among the affairs of men.
Over time, rules and standards have evolved surrounding the preparation, serving, and drinking of coffee, which led to a division among coffee drinkers. The good news is, when it comes to these “rules,” there is no right or wrong side. What matters most is that one truly imbibes the joy of living, simply and uninhibitedly, from sipping coffee – the cup of life.
While coffee experts are the connoisseurs follow some strict standards in coffee preparation and drinking, most certified coffee lovers like Ryoko Iwata prefer it their way, enjoying the freedom of personal preference and flexible coffee-drinking options.
Ryoko writes about her love for coffee in her blogsite en.ilovecoffee.jp. She also has a good number of followers on her blog’s Twitter and Facebook pages, where she further spreads her fascinating ideas and interesting finds that concern all things coffee.
This fun and perky Japanese lady is based in Seattle, where she is surrounded by the best coffee houses in the U.S, enriching her coffee-tasting adventures. Coffee beans from the Lighthouse Roasters in Seattle is her favorite, and she likes dark roast blend with a hint of chocolate.
“When I travel outside of Seattle, I always research the best coffee shop in the destination and try to visit them to taste their coffee. Going to good coffee shops while traveling has become one of my favorite activities.” Despite the success of her blog, Ryoko remains what one may call a true-blue simple coffee fan, admitting that she likes and makes her own cup of coffee.
Ryoko candidly shared to us that she doesn’t enjoy a shot of pure espresso. “I don’t drink shot of espresso, but with milk I can enjoy it. I think as long as you enjoy the taste of coffee with whatever way you like it, that’s the most important.“
Coffee experts recognize that many countries have their signature coffee add-ons that have become part of the people’s coffee-drinking culture. It’s one of coffee’s magic, and yet, there are those who just want to keep things straight and simple.
Ryoko agrees on just enjoying coffee as a matter of personal taste – and style. “I don’t drink flavored coffee, I don’t put stuff on my coffee. I don’t like to add things to it,” to which she added, “I don’t call those sweet smoothie type of drink coffee though.“
Her free-spirited approach to drinking coffee also reflects in her views about coffee substitutes. For Ryoko, the more, the merrier. Being Japanese, she naturally loves tea as well, so it’s not surprising that she roots for green tea too, as a great coffee substitute. If she were to make a personalized coffee-tea variant, she reveals, “I would like to make green tea latte. I like green tea!”
So how does her love of coffee affect her wallet? Not so much, which is a nice thing for all coffee lovers without the huge money to spend for it like a celebrity. Ryoko actually makes her own coffee and she loves homemade coffee blends.
In fact, among other things, Ryoko’s love for coffee stems from tasting the delicious latte that her boyfriend’s dad makes at home. “I’m sure he is a passionate coffee person, but I don’t think his espresso machine is the most expensive one,” she shares, affirming that one need not have the latest high-priced coffee gadgets to enjoy a really satisfying cup.
Indeed, while there are many coffee houses serving the most exotic blends, the best coffee experience one can have is one prepared in the comforts of your own home – a cool way to save while enjoying your hot blended indulgence.
Just like Ryoko, celebrate the free-spirited coffee lover in you by throwing away some rigid coffee drinking rules, and enjoying a good cup your way.
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