Posts Tagged ‘coffee’

Nepal’s new national coffee logo?

Posted in blog on June 18th, 2010 by admin – 10 Comments
Nepal's new national coffee logo?

Nepal's new national coffee logo?

“After two years of hard work, we are assured of getting Nepali Coffee logo registered at home”, says a statement recently issued by Nepal’s National Tea and Coffee Development Board (NTCDB).

Firstly, that seriously cannot be the logo can it? Please can someone confirm or deny? If so, that’s surely going to be worse than no logo. It must be a hoax by the THT reporting this story.

Secondly, what’s this fixation with a logo? Most coffee exporters seem to be doing just fine with their own names and logos. Check the Ethiopian way. There seems to be ‘The Ethiopian Fine Coffee Stakeholder Committee’ and then some simple licensing agreements and not too much fuss.

Any clues anyone?

I suggest we hold a 10 minute speed design competition to see which of the many talented graphic designers in Nepal can put something together in less that 10 minutes. I am sure some reasonable results would come out of it.

Johnny Gurkha Blend coffee

Posted in Which coffee is best? on March 3rd, 2010 by admin – 12 Comments

Picture of a Johnny Gurkha Blend Coffee packThis comes highly recommened. I don’t have the technical words to describe its flavour etc. But it is rounded, not bitter and perfect for making in a coffee pot. Go buy some!

The origins of coffee

Posted in blog on February 24th, 2010 by admin – 7 Comments

I just got this interesting bit of trivia from a guy called Alex Sysoef who runs where you can get a free eBook of coffee recipes:

Now, when your feet first touch the floor in the morning and you are groggily making your way to the coffee pot, you probably aren’t thinking about where coffee came from or who discovered the magic stuff. But the origins of coffee are really rather interesting, and after you have finished that first cup, you might like to know how it happened that you have a cup of coffee to get your day started off right. There are several versions of how coffee was discovered.

One story is that a sheep herder from Caffa Ethopia named Kaldi noticed that when his sheep ate red “cherries” from a certain plant, they became very active. The sheep would have been bouncing off the walls, had there been walls. The sheep herder decided to try the “cherries” himself and soon he was as hyper as his herd of sheep. A monk came along and scolded Kaldi for “partaking of the devil’s fruit,” but then the monks discovered that the red “cherries” helped them to stay awake while they were saying prayers.

This isn’t the only story about the origin of coffee, though. There is another story about an Arabian, Omar, who was banished to the desert along with his followers to “die from starvation.” There was nothing to eat in the desert, and Omar and his followers were sure to die. Then, in an act of desperation, Omar ordered his followers to boil the fruit from an unknown plant and eat it. The fruit and the broth saved their lives and it was considered a miracle from God. The residents of the nearest town, Mocha, were awed by the miracle, and the plant and the beverage were named Mocha to honor
the event.

Take you pick…both stories are great. Originally the coffee plant grew in Ethiopia (Ethopia), but once it was transplanted to Arabia, it was claimed by them.

But how did it get to Nepal? Anybody know?

Coffee crusade

Posted in blog on February 20th, 2010 by admin – 6 Comments

This ‘coffee crusader’ was recently (today) featured in the Nepali Times.

Bull has just introduced the macchinetta, also known as the caffettiera, moka pot, or simply the coffee pot, to Kathmandu. His mission: to change the way we drink coffee. “A lot of coffee served is not good,” he says. “It’s bitter, flavourless, burnt, chemical, too strong, too watery, served in buckets, old, cold…”

Bull says this, Bull says that. Don’t listen to Bull is all I can advise.

There was also another article which talks nicely about the development of the coffee growing (and coffee drinking) industry in Nepal.

I am sure there are reviews of different types of (Nepali) coffee brands around, but in an effort to make an updated, democratic version, I hearby launch reviews of different types of coffee available in Kathmandu. And the reviewer is you!