Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Coffee Lover Interview 11

I still clearly recall how I first came across Ella through her Instagram page @my.doors.photos only later to learn that she had four Instagram pages, each of which is specifically niched down to her interests. 

Ella Golfer

Ella is an Armenian working and living in Barcelona together with her husband spending her spare time exploring the Spanish culture, shooting amazing photos, playing golf, working out, experimenting with different food recipes and "naturally" drinking coffee:)

She is a frequent visitor of Spanish coffee shops and her photos and videos constantly take me back to my first visit in Barcelona where I was first introduced to the subtle art of "coffeeing in a cafe" aka "desuyonos":) So I can definitely say that Ella has me seriously considering going back to Barcelona soon:)

Ella Golfer

Let's read Ella's Coffee Lover Interview below to learn more about her coffee tastes and habits, which she kindly shared with me.

1.   What time of day do you usually drink coffee?

I usually drink coffee in the morning.

2.  How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?

 I drink maximum 2 cups of coffee per day.

3.   Do you prefer going out for coffee or drinking it at home?

I like both.

4.   What is your favorite coffee drink?

My favorite coffee drink is Americano.

5.   When drinking coffee do you prefer drinking it instantly and quickly or taking your time and enjoying it?

I prefer drinking coffee taking my time and enjoying it.

6.   What’s your primary reason for drinking coffee?

I think it's a habit.

7.  What do you take coffee with?

I take coffee with fruits and sometimes with croissaants or cakes baked by me.

8.  Do you currently own a Coffee Machine at home?

Yes, we have a coffee machine at home. It is Piccolo XS Krups.

9.  How often do you visit Coffee Shops?

2 or 3 times a week.

10. What is your favorite Coffee Shop?

My favorite Coffee shop is Omomento.

Ella Golfer

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Coffee Lover Interview 10

And If you are a coffee lover and want to be featured on my blog, feel free to contact me and send me your answers to my 10 coffee-related questions. 

You can download the free printable "Coffee Lover Questionnaire" by clicking on the link below.

You can also read  

Coffee Lover Interview 3

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Coffee Traditions Around the World - Part 1

From its birthplace in Ethiopia to the streets of New York City, coffee has become a part of people's lives and the center stage in countless gatherings and ceremonies. No matter where you drink your coffee, it’s a sip of caffeine that gets you going.

Despite being the second most popular and consumed beverage in the world, coffee has its own traditions and customs that vary among different regions and populations.

Coffee Traditions

Some cultures brew coffee using machines called coffeemakers, while others use pots called percolators. Some people drink their coffee in the morning, while others enjoy their coffee in the afternoon.

The ways people brew, blend and drink their coffee is a reflection of not only their personal style and taste but also their culture, region and background.

If you want to learn more about the coffee traditions around the world from the mouths of the locals then you are in the right place. As you make yourself your cup of joy to fuel up for the day, come join me as we discover and learn more about the coffee traditions in coffee-loving countries.

1- Coffee Traditions, Armenia by @lusine_photos

Coffee Traditions - Armenia

I will start my Coffee Traditions Series from Armenia where I was born and lived for 23 years. A typical day here seems to go around coffee.

- Coffee is best enjoyed with family members, neighbors, friends and any guests (invited or uninvited).

-The first thing you offer your guests is Coffee. They are usually not asked if they drink coffee or no, only whether they prefer coffee with foam/sugar :)

- Coffee is usually made by boiling in coffee pots and served in Espresso-size cups with a saucer. The saucer is here in case you want to turn your cup upside down trying to find images or figures that can predict your future:)
(Once I was young and used to believe that:)

- Coffee is always served with something sweet, actually with MANY sweet things. Everything is put on the Coffee Table like a buffet: candies, chocolate bars, ice cream, cake, dried and seasonal fruits, anything that you can find at home. Your guests should feel like the king and they HAVE TO taste everything!

"I'm trying to cut down my sugar".
"Come on, only 1. It  will do you no harm".

This is the Armenian Coffee Hospitality :)

2- Coffee Traditions, Lebanon by @lusine_photos

Coffee Traditions - Lebanon

- Let me tell you about the coffee culture in Lebanon where I've been living since 2007.

- Keep in mind the specific design on this coffee cup as it is typically Lebanese, though no one is quite sure how and why it originated.

- Coffee cups without saucers are usually used at traditional Lebanese restaurants or among neighbors over their early morning coffee. Don't even dream to see any sweets with the Lebanese morning coffee. It should be as dark and bitter as possible.

- If you want to visit someone you may usually call them saying that you will pass by for a cup of coffee but be patient as you will usually be served lots of sweets, usually "homemade", and chocolate first. After you have spent plenty of time interacting and you show signs of leaving, you will be served the "Farewell" Coffee

- The younger generation prefer instant coffee with milk: "Nescafe" as they call it, while black coffee, which is made in coffee pots, is usually drunk by the older generation (like me:)

- Cardamom Coffee is also very popular but don't expect to like it from the first try. I could not swallow the first time I tried it though it is my favorite now

People change, tastes too😊

3- Coffee Traditions, Italy by @ane-grig

Coffee Traditions - Italy

- Italians start and end their days with a coffee, usually a cappuccino with a croissant in the morning, a caffè macchiato as an afternoon pick-me-up, and espresso after dinner.

- When Italians say coffee, they mean “espresso”. So when you are in a café, just say “un caffè per favore” and you will be served an espresso. Besides that, avoid ordering a Cappuccino in the afternoons and evenings like a typical Italian would do. Some say it's because the milk and foam serve as a meal substitute and the dairy in the cappuccino may upset the stomach.

The Italians have become famous for their espresso drinks, but the country is also home to dozens of other espresso styles.

Now it's time to learn how to order coffee in a typical Italian way using the Italian words.

caffè ristretto – a very strong espresso
caffè lungo – espresso with much more water (“lungo” means long)
caffè doppiò – double espresso
caffè shakerato – espresso with ice and sugar
caffè latte – espresso with milk
caffè latte senza schiuma – espresso with milk without foam
cappuccino – espresso with frothed milk usually taken in the mornings with your breakfast, usually a croissant
caffè macchiato - espresso with a drop of foamed milk
caffè macinato - ground coffee
caffè marocchino – espresso with milk froth and cocoa powder
caffè mocacino – cappuccino with whipped cream and chocolate
caffè coretto – espresso with a strong liquor, usually grappa, or a whiskey
caffè americano – 1/3 espresso with 2/3 of water usually

Coffee Traditions - My blog, coffee and camera!

If you are a coffee lover and would like to tell me about the coffee-drinking customs and traditions in your nation, please get in touch with me here. It would be immensely fascinating to learn more about your ideas and experiences concerning the coffee traditions in your region or country.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Coffee Lover Interview 10

I recently came across a fun Instagram account with engaging coffee content and energizing coffee shop vibes, so I couldn't resist but ask the creator behind this page for a Coffee Lover Interview and she gladly accepted my request:)

 Just how the page's bio says: "Come for the coffee, stay for the vibes", this is how you will instantly feel once you start following @coffeeshopgirlss

Coffee reviews and discounts, coffeeshop aesthetics and girl hangouts, funny coffee reels, mouthwatering desserts and menu reviews can all be found here.

Coffee with T

Let's read all about T's coffee habits and preferences in her Coffee Lover Interview below. 

1.   What time of day do you usually drink coffee?

I usually drink coffee in the late morning to afternoon because I actually don’t need it to get up in the morning! 

2.  How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?

 I only really have one a day or sometimes none at all

3.   Do you prefer going out for coffee or drinking it at home?

I prefer exploring and supporting small local coffeeshops in my area! 

4.   What is your favorite coffee drink?

My go-to is an Oatmilk Latte iced or hot depending on the mood I’m in 🙂

5.   When drinking coffee do you prefer drinking it instantly and quickly or taking your time and enjoying it?

I pretty much drink it instantly I’m not one to wait to let all the ice melts because I don’t like watery coffee. 

6.   What’s your primary reason for drinking coffee?

I drink coffee not for the caffeine but I love the aesthetic of it! 
I don’t really drink it all the time because I don’t want to rely on it too much to get energy as I already wake up early with enough motivation! 
I like coffee because I really enjoy going to cafes and meeting new people! You can never have a bad conversation over coffee and I 100% believe that coffee brings people together!! 

7.  What do you take coffee with?

I like my coffee plain with just oat milk or sometimes I add a little bit of Splenda to it! 

8.  Do you currently own a Coffee Machine at home?

No, BUT I WISH!! when T gets a coffee machine it will be game over!! 😂

9.  How often do you visit Coffee Shops?

I go to coffee shops about 3 times a week!! 

10. What is your favorite Coffee Shop?

Some of my favorites in my home town Texas are - Third Gen Coffee,  Love Beans, Campesino, and Blue Door 

In Boston, my favorites are - Jaho, Tatte, Jonquils, Blue Bottle

In Stamford, my favorites are Lorca Coffee Bar, Winfields, and CFCF

And many more to come!

T's interview reveals that she loves coffee hangouts and appreciates the ambiance and aesthetics of coffee shops.
Because she is a firm believer that coffee brings people together, which is why she keeps visiting small coffee shops and exploring new areas.

Coffee with T

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Coffee Lover Interview 10

And If you are a coffee lover and want to be featured on my blog, feel free to contact me and send me your answers to my 10 coffee-related questions. 

You can download the free printable "Coffee Lover Questionnaire" by clicking on the link below.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Coffee Photo Battle - 1


If you have been following me on Instagram - @my_blog_coffee_and_camera and you check up my stories regularly you must know that I've been holding Coffee Photo Battles on Sundays already since May.

It all started when my followers would tag me in their beautiful coffee photos as they associate everything "coffee" related with my account (so flattered for that;). Even some of my sweet blogger friends call me a "Coffee Queen":)

So, instead of just resharing their stories and posts, it occurred to me that it would be fun to post those aesthetic coffee photos in my stories and hold a fun Coffee Photo Battle:)

Then I announced this idea in my stories and asked my followers to DM me their coffee photos. A few hours passed but no one contacted me. Did I give up? No, I was too excited about that idea. I contacted my close coffee lovers and asked them to participate and send me some coffee photos. I am so grateful that most of them did agree to participate and so this photo contest started and still has been going on thanks to them.

How Coffee Photo Battle Works

This is what happens during Sunday's Coffee Photo Battles. I group the coffee photos sent to me into 4 and post them on my stories asking my followers to click on their favorite photo out of each 4. After 24 hours I count the votes and announce the winner. 

Not to make tea or hot chocolate lovers feel excluded I also accept other hot drink photos and we have a special "no-coffee photo battle" from time to time:)

As an appreciation and a small gift, I do lettering with the winner's name. The more people participate and share my #coffeephotobattle on their social media accounts, the more it will get popular and hopefully, in the future, I will have some sponsored gifts for my winners.

10 Coffee Photo Battle Winners

Are you ready to meet my winners and see their fascinating photos?

Here we go.

1. Photo Credit : @arus_2410

2. Photo Credit : @anne_grig

3. Photo Credit: @annakrjatian

4. Photo Credit: @anuasatryan

5. Photo Credit: @arus_2410

6. Photo Credit: @ovssar

7. Photo Credit: @mom_happybabys

8. Photo Credit: @annakrjatian

9. Photo Credit: @julie_kostanyan

10. Photo Credit: @mom_happybabys

If you want to participate in the #coffeephotobattle, head to my Instagram Page - @my_blog_coffee_and_camera and DM me your best coffee photo.

Stay Caffeinated and see you soon:)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Introvert Interview 3


Before the lockdown, as our lives were so hectic and active in our extroverted world, I started my Introvert Interview series with the hope to connect with more quiet souls and raise awareness about introverts as a personality type.


Since the lockdown, I have been less verbal about introverts as life slowed down a bit and introverts were more comfortable at home. Working from home definitely decreased most of my introvert problems yet it brought up some other ones.


As I missed connecting with my online introverted buddies, I reached out to Caroline from @the.quietstrength for an Introvert Interview and she gladly accepted to talk about her journey to discovering Introversion.


Caroline, The Quiet Strength

1. When did you find out you were an introvert?


It was such a relief when I first read about introversion, in my twenties sometime. I’d always known time and space to myself was essential for me but I still beat myself up. I felt so guilty for wanting time away from others and ashamed for being different.


2. Which period of your life did you most suffer from introversion thinking that something was wrong with you?


Teenage years. None of my peers seemed to value the same things I did and I spent a lot of time alone. I remember sitting at a party (feeling I should make an effort, parties didn’t interest me), with everyone around me getting more drunk and less interesting for conversations. I retreated into a worn library copy of Thoreau’s Walden, cross legged in a sofa, while someone spilled beer into my boot. Can I go home now?


3. Do the people around you know about your personality type and respect that?


They do. My family have always been supportive even though they didn’t always understand it, and my small circle of friends are a beautiful, carefully curated group that know the value of introversion.


4. How do you get along with extroverts at home, work or in a relationship?


Over the years I’ve learnt to respect both what they and I need. I give time and attention when I have the capacity so that when I don’t, that investment tides me over. I no longer work in a workplace but when I did my favourite thing was to regularly pop by colleagues’ offices and stand in the door. I could offer interaction in a way that suited me then - curious and warm but brief. And with a clear escape route. In my personal life what has worked best is self compassion. I’ve worked hard at overcoming the guilt and shame. When I accept myself and feel love both for the people in my life and myself, the way I present my boundaries is accepted much more easily by them. I keep explanations brief, I don’t need to excuse myself, and I keep calm and happy about it. This is how I am, our values may be different but that’s a beautiful thing.


5. How do people usually characterize you or call you out?


People appreciate my calm and accepting character, but they also pick up on the independence and that can be perceived as cold and aloof, I know that. People close to me have felt hurt by me needing to go off on my own. I’m shy and highly sensitive as well, so even though I haven’t been told outright it’s clear I’ve been labelled overly sensitive at times.


6. Are you satified with your current job? If not, what does your dream job look like?


I am. It’s my dream job, working for myself coaching other quiet folk. Introverts, highly sensitive, shy, lacking in confidence, chronically unwell. People I’ve always noticed and championed because I know what it’s like to have all this richness inside but feeling there is no space to express it in your own gentle way. It’s beautiful to see them trusting themselves more and more and refusing the pressures and labels put on them. Blooming into who they always were but didn’t acknowledge.


7. What are your favorite hobbies and pastimes?


I love inner exploration and writing. Finding out about human psychology and the reasons we do what we do. Every impulse, however undesirable, is there for a reason and it’s a passion of mine to find it. To really listen and practice radical acceptance until the knots I see in me and others begin to soften and unravel into something purposeful. Finding our power and meaning often paradoxically comes from listening to the parts of ourselves we’re most ashamed and afraid of. Walking in the woods and fields is the other thing I give many hours to. My greyhound Finn, that I’ve just adopted, is a perfect fit for that kind of life. A long walk in nature and then he’s happy to sleep next to me while I write.


8. What do you hate doing that sometimes you have to do?


Anything administrative that’s important to get right. Dealing with authorities or filling out forms makes me feel extremely nervous and guilt ridden. Phone calls. If it’s not with friends (I spend hours every week with people I adore) then forget it. ‘The best time to call me is text message’.


9. What would you like people to know more about you and Introversion?


Just because I’m introverted, shy and highly sensitive doesn’t mean I can’t do so called extroverted things and enjoy them. Engaging and entertaining a group of people for work, attending a concert or striking up conversations with strangers are considerable challenges for me but I love the joy it gives me and it’s worth it. I won’t do it often though, and I certainly won’t be pressured into it. I can’t stand being placed in a box or feel obliged to do something purely due to social norms. I won’t apologise for who I am and I won’t conform but it matters to me a lot that you feel seen, accepted and respected for your needs. I hope to receive the same.


10. If you have written or found any Introvert-related posts, please share.

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Caroline's page is a cozy place to escape to for simplicity and beauty. Her content is so uplifting for introverts and educational for extroverts.

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If you are an introvert (blogger) and you would like to be featured on my blog by answering 10 Questions about your Introversion Discovery Journey please contact me so we can discuss all the details.


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