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Coffee is a hug in a mug

by  Editor  Raul Pires Coelho

“Coffee's conversations” by Luis Sarmento

A life without coffee?  I don't think so!
I love Coffee, almost as much as I love Photography. When walking through the city, armed with my camera ready, I'm often think about a good Coffee pause next to the river.  Moments to remember when coming home to develop my negatives.

These days I’m into the third Coffee wave. The first wave was the beginning of my love for Coffee, early in the 20th Century. The second wave happened in the sixties, when chains like Starbucks helped to spread the word of good Coffee for the masses.

And the third wave means Speciality Coffee, Single Origin, Fair Trade, coming from the highest-quality green coffee beans roasted to their greatest flavour potential by true craft people and then properly brewed to well-established standards. Green bean Coffee speciality can be defined as a coffee that has no defects and has a distinctive character in the cup, with a score of 80 or more on 100.

But really important: a cup of Speciality Coffee has to be ...

  • Made with freshly roasted grains, no more than a mouthful
  • The roasted Coffee must never look black
  • Grinded just only a few seconds before brewing
  • No burning water is used

This passion for Speciality Coffee, and the Coffee shops already active in Lisbon, made me build a  Blog about it.  A filter Coffee in a V60 or an espresso made by a skilled Barista is something to remember, a full experience for all five senses.

There are already a few Coffee Houses selling Speciality Coffee per major city all across Europe, and the best source to find them is  European Coffee Trip.

So today on this list I searched in the 1X gallery on the word COFFEE, trying to bring alive the pleasure of a Coffee mug at full blown, maybe in third wave flavour!

Enjoy, if possible with a Single Origin Coffee, freshly roasted and brewed...


“Boom boom” by Christophe Kiciak


“The Chase” by Alfredo Lemos


“Yin /Yang” by Gert Lavsen


“Cups” by Stefan Eisele


“constrast” by Stefan Eisele


“Coffee time” by Olavo Azevedo


“Coffee wins” by Dina Belenko


“Coffee for dreamers” by Dina Belenko


“DayDreaming” by stefano cicali 


“The Driver” by Luis Borges Alves


“Man with the child in his eyes” by Jianwei Yang


“Waiting for a good coffee!” by Antonio Grambone


“Round and Round” by Sajid Ahmed


All the Reading Tools” by Abilio Silveira


“Music” by Breo Alamancos


"Involvement" by Didier Guibert


"Coffee time" by Victoria Ivanova


"Unlikely but not impossible" by Mister Solo


Hi Raul and Yvette Congratulations to you for the selected theme. The portuguese don't leave without it! Many tks for the selection of my photo to illustrate this superb article. Warm regards
Obrigado, Olavo!! Coffee time, tinha de ser... e mais agora que o bom café de especialidade está a chegar em força!... 1ab.
I love coffee and like this wonderful images! Many thanks Raul for your artistic selection and intresting article:-)
Beautiful serial images, excellent topic!
Thank you!!!
Oh, i am a coffee lover, Raul - my big compliment, wonderful written and great collection of photos. Thank to all for inspiration and more .
Thanks, Olga!! Big specialty coffee wave spreading all over Europe... delicious Coffee like we've never seen before!! :D
Raul, after viewing this wonderful photo selection I got a lust to have a cup of coffee. Excellent article with superb photos and very nice introduction. Well done. Thanks to you for creating it and Yvette for excellent editing.
Thank you so much, Miro!!! :D
Thanks a lot, Miro!
Wonderful article and illustrated with great photos - what a delight to read for another coffee lover like myself and yes, so much inspiration for all the stories told and possible around this theme!
Many thanks, Anastasia!!!
I love coffee and I loved this article!
Obrigado, Cecilia...!
So nice to see all these coffee addicts here, Cecy! Happy weekend and cheers, Yvette
What is a day without coffee? Nothing..... Great article, and thank you so much for adding two of my pictures!! Best Stefan
Thank you, Stefan... happy you liked it...! :)
Raul: We, portuguese people, do like coffee. This is a great article about this subject. Thank you, Raul, for it. And I am really proud to see one of my pictures shining among all those stars. Abílio
Obrigado, Abilio... muito feliz que tenhas gostado... e a tua fotografia é das minhas preferidas! :) 1ab.
Tastful and great article, Raul! Congratulations to all authors of the delicious coffee shots... Wish you and the readers a great weekend. Cheers, Yvette
Thanks, Yvette!! :)
I love coffee in the expresso mode. great article, great pictures. congrats, Raul
Cheers on a good strong one, Paulo ;-)
Obrigado, Paulo... tens de provar um specialty coffee espresso... avisa quando vieres a Lisboa para nos encontrarmos... ;) 1ab.
Obrigado, Raul. o café fica adjudicado :) quando for a Lisboa terei todo o gosto em convidar-te para me mostrares um dos teus spots :) abraço e bom fim de semana