This is a short brochure on the 16 most popular espresso-based drinks developed by a professional barista with 10 years experience. Demonstration of drinks in cross-section, interesting facts about coffee, specially created music and impressive graphic design – all this will help expand your horizons and teach you about the ‘coffee world.’ By covering the stages from beginner to expert, you will open up a whole new world of drinks, and may be one of them will be your favourite!
Human creativity is limitless – it colours and qualifies every aspect of our life. Even in such a relatively conservative industry as cookery numerous innovations constantly pop up: these include non-stick frying pans, food processors, electric hobs and gadgets for molecular gastronomy.
One of these innovations has been an espresso-machine. Its specifications have changed many times since it was first created, but its essence remains the same – it is still used to extract the taste and aroma from the coffee beans under high pressure and temperature. There is something very retro-futurist about the espresso-machine and the drinks it creates – it supports our belief in human mind and creativity and gives hope for the future.
Coffee drinks in this app:
◆ Espresso ◆ Espresso Ristretto ◆ Espresso Lungo ◆ Espresso Macchiato ◆ Espresso Con Panna ◆ Espresso Romano ◆ Espresso Doppio ◆ Latte ◆ Americano◆ Cappuccino ◆ Marocchino ◆ Latte Macchiato ◆ Caffe Mocha◆ Irish coffee◆ Cafeccino◆ Vienna coffee
This was a pleasure to have a go with - purely because it gave me a good picture of what the coffee should look like - this was usually enough for me to get the coffee that I felt that I wanted to drink.
But I did show one Cafe the video and there was giggles from the staff as it was clear what type of coffee that I wanted to have made.
The alms giving is an absolute dedication to the life of the monk. It is a sense of humility that was the most inspiring thing that got me - writing this reminds me of this now.
The monks walk in a straight line and the head monk (because of age) is always at the front.
The road had a number of people waiting for them and it was beautiful. People were scattered.
"The monks are not begging for food, the monk shows humility and detachment from worldly goods. The monks are not sitting on the streets idly begging with open bowls, alms are given in the early morning and the monks walk slowly and people that want to give them food indicate this to a monk." (text from Farang in Bangkok) The road had a number of people waiting for them and it was beautiful. People were scattered. There was a journey from our home into the local village. I walked at the very rear with two young boys with their 'paint buckets' which they put all of the gifts that the monks were given. There was clearly a way that this was all done - the relationship between them both was clearly special and I felt honoured to be part of it.
There was what I believe to be a family all together
Yes it was the simple humility of being part of it - thank you to the monks who so graciously took me.
This was a sign on the side of the road whilst we were taking our daughter to school. My first question was "wow that is a big golden ball for the new Buddhist temple". This was met with laughter from my wife which only increased when I wanted to go to see it - it is in Nakon Si Thammarat!
The first time I saw these balls was on Macha Bucha Day at Wat Vichit Sangkaram on the outskirts of Phuket Town and then I recall seeing them at Wat Khao Rang(Wat Thepkajonjit). To the left of the Wat and I never knew what they were.
Then I found out what the balls were - information is all from another blogger - thanks Mike Rose.
These sacred stone balls, usually nine, are called ลูกนิมิต in the Thai language and are placed at the four corners and other cardinal points of the พระอุโบสถ. With one stone(often slightly larger) situated under the main Buddha image inside the ordination hall.
The actual process of burying the sacred stone balls is open to the public and may take place during a temple fair or other festivities at the Wat. People are invited to to gild the stones by buying the small pieces of gold leaf used by Thai Buddhists in their devotions and rubbing the gold onto the exposed stones.
The monks from the temple may also bury sacred objects in the recess that houses the ลูกนิมิต. When the stones have been buried markers are then built over the location of the stones.
These markers, ใบเสมา, are only built over the externally placed stones since as already mentioned one stone is inside the building under the principle Buddha statue. The external ใบเสมา and their hidden ลูกนิมิต mark the boundary of the sacred ground that is the home for the ordination hall.
The พระอุโบสถ is only used for religious ceremonies, principally the ordination of new Buddhist monks. It is normally not available to the general public to use but many พระอุโบสถ are open for viewing the religious artefacts they contain when not being used by the monks for their devotions.