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Nature is so wise it give us chills! Yesterday our coffee plants decided to BLOOM!
We woke up and voilà everything was full of white and smelling like sunshine.
Now, do you know the importance of this magnificent phenomenon?
Flowering in coffee is one of the most important mechanisms in the evolutionary ladder, bringing about continuity of genetic material for future generations. The flower shoot and the fruit set of the coffee flower, its perfume, shape and color give some indication of the possible quantity of the expected coffee crop. Yes! It's a preview of how healthy and nurtured our plants are! Actually, worldwide coffee crop estimates are determined by observing the extent and intensity of blossom.
Now, coffee has two seeds within the capsule; hence it belongs to the dicot family. The advantages of a dicot plant is that it has inbuilt specialized structures, like vascular tissue in the stem and secondary wall thickening. The coffee bush has fairly well differentiated pollen and embryonic sac.
Flowering is influenced by a variety of factors both internal and external and both are dependent on each other.
At the top the corolla of the coffee flower it divides into five stalked petals. The flower of our bean which is arabica is approx. 18 mm long. The petals wither relatively quickly and can only be pollinated for a few hours. After three to four days the flowers drop off. At the same time the flowering period as such is comparatively long and is divided up into pre-bloom, main-bloom and post-bloom.
The ovary develops into a normally two-seeded, roundish oval stone fruit with a diameter of 10 to 15 mm; the red skin of the ripe fruit surrounds the sweet, white yellowish pulp of a meaty gelatinous consistency. An adult tree can have 30,000 to 40,000 flowers. This is the time when the flowers’ properties have to be interpreted correctly with respect to the upcoming yield.
Unlike other plantation crops the coffee bush or forest as we love calling it... is very sensitive towards flowering. Artificial flowering cannot be induced at any time. A lot of effort goes into preparing the plant before floral primordia are initiated. Firstly the beans from the plant should all be harvested, followed by a REST PERIOD of fifteen days. During this time interval it is advisable to prune the bush and remove branches which are weak and unproductive. The crown region of the plant is exposed to the sun and care is taken to see that carbohydrates and photosynthates go towards bearing woods.
After pollination starts, honey bees and butterflies are the primary pollinators. Wind AND MOISTURE also helps to a certain extent. Pollination takes place within five to seven hours after flower opening and then the cycle continues...
Stay tuned for more updates from this blissful harvest!
Love, Light and COFFEE!!
Since every astrological mandala contains all 12 signs of the zodiac, each sign will give us a hint of how we express an area of our lives. In order to tap into that energy I will invite you to follow us every month so that together we can explore and feel the energy of each sign and in the process, manifest the potential and talents of each sign.
We chose to start with Libra for it is a great way to acknowledge you, our Mandala Coffee lover, our Mandala Chocoholic, our Mandala Jewelry energy uplifter, our beloved community whom we share this sacred space online. Also, this is Libra season, so to all our Libra friends we hope you have an amazing year where you can delightfully dance from one side to the other and enjoy the bliss within. Shall we dance?
Libra is the first sign in an astrological mandala where another being comes into the evolutive consciousness of self, it is total opposite of Aries wherein the “I” is all that there is. Libra is about “us”, about how you and me described as “we” can reach a middle ground or balance, but this middle ground is just a point and this point of balance can vanish at any moment in time. By acknowledging another “one” Libra is all about taking two to tango. Thus the energy of libra is that of a dancer in the quest to find that mythical balanced point in each interaction, in the environment, in a piece of art, in time…
An air sign, Libra moves swiftly from one pole (feminine) to the other pole (masculine) while finding satisfaction in a balance point. Venus rules Libra and thus to find the perfect harmony of colors, textures, shapes, energy, light and words are talents innate of those born under this sign. Beauty for a Libra is that perfect balance that they look forward to achieve in every single detail. Professions related to Libra include: interior designers, fashion designers, negotiators, ambassadors, events organizers, match makers, judges, dancers, choreographers, musicians, dermatologists and more.
How can you vibrate in a higher octave of the energy of Libra? Libras love freedom, and they love to have a wide range of choices wherein they can float from one option to the other, however at some point a decision must be taken and if the “flight or fight” catches them up they might postpone that decision for too long. The search for perfection might become such an impulse that nothing is satisfactory and the search becomes the goal instead of the process. To tap into the talents of Libra it is important to understand that perfection does not exist and that balance is impermanent, that making a decision doesn’t need to mean losing freedom but instead the stepping stone of a dream. Libras are invited to let go of the illusion of permanent balance and instead embrace nature of the feminine and masculine energies which spiral together beautifully in an eternal dance.
Astrology has long been used as a tool for predictions , charged with a series of connotations that somehow made us feel that life was pre-destined, pre-written somehow, that we the completeness of who we are can be described in just sign. Or at least, that was the perception of what astrology was.
Astrology is a symbolic language and astrologers are but interpreters of these symbols, many.
For most of us, when we think about astrology the image of us scavenging for the horoscope appears. There is this charm about horoscopes that even though we somehow know it might be generic we simply still need to read it, only to prove the prediction had nothing to do with us.
Astrology is a symbolic language and astrologers are but interpreters of these symbols.
Truth is, you are not just your sun sign and your life is still in the making, you are the representation of a whole Universe conformed by the energies that were present at the moment of your birth, it is not a forecast set on stone. You are a magnificent being and these energies in your Astrological Mandala relate to each other in different ways, which in turn will express in your reality. But there is no fixed outcome, for you can either choose to vibrate with the positive qualities of each planet and sign or with the qualities on the other scope of the spiral. The key is you, and the road to understand the energies that come into play is consciousness.
For example, by being conscious of the way you react when your fears arise can shine a light on the mechanisms of your natal moon. By observing how you react and choosing to observe that pattern so closely and step out, you can tap into the talents of your natal moon.
What is so marvelous about seeing your astral chart as the mandala of your inner universe is that is ever changing and evolving, it is a map that gives us a glimpse into the unique life that is unfurling at any given moment. If you think of it, our astrological mandala is formed by a complete circle, divided into 12 sections which we call houses and each house is marked by a sign, thus we are not just the sign where our sun is, we have the energy of all 12 signs whether you have planets in each house or not. There is not an area the will not be touched during your lifetime with energetic events (transits) that will trigger the development of your talents, the revealing of your purpose and your real self.
As an astrological language reader, I invite you to delve into the different energies that you express consciously and unconsciously and take the step towards understanding your astrological mandala, for richness and surprises await. Namaste.
Lately, everyone has been asking me lately how I organize my schedule between Mandala Coffee+ chocolate + malas, fashion, yoga and the crazy traveling schedule this job requires. Well here is my secret: The Desire Map Planner.
The 2017 Desire Map Planner Collection is here! It’s a radically different way to plan your day, because it puts your soul on the agenda.The 2017 Desire Map Planner Collection is here! It’s a radically different way to plan your day, because it puts your soul on the agenda.
This planner puts your desires on the map, and helps you plan your days and weeks according to how you most want to feel. The way it should be. Where most day planner systems are straight dates and to do’s, this planner is so much more…
Based on the wildly popular book and workbook by Danielle LaPorte, The Desire Map, this planner system incorporates your soul and your to-do list; your gratitude and your goals; your deepest desires with your day-to-day.
The 2017 planner comes with two versions. Designed for your needs :
The Daily (This one is the one I use)
The DAILY planner for the highly scheduled, detailed thinkers, and awesome A-types who love keeping track of all the big and little things.
Ok so…This planner takes you through the year day by day, with unique soul prompts to limber up your mind before you write, scheduling space, #Truthbombs, a Stop Doing list (because saying no is revolutionary) and a super condensed list called 3 Things so you can get your most important to-dos done. Get yours -> http://www.daniellelaporte.com/store/?dlap=59797
And the weekly edition
This one is for the big dreamers, Creatives, and entrepreneurs — the planner-types who want a bird’s eye view of their week. Sprinkled with prompts for positive declarations and #Truthbombs, the weekly spread also has space for your Core Desired Feelings, daily to-do’s, and a list of 3 Things so you can get your most important to-dos done. This planner also has an End of Week Check-in with unique Soul Prompts from Danielle and space for reflecting on life as you move through it week by week.
When you’re clear on how you want to feel, decisions come to you more easily, you’ll know when to say “No” and when to say “Hell, YES!” And then you can put it in writing. That’s what this planner does for me.
You can buy yours today and start planning the life you’ve always wanted. Share the link with your loved ones.... happiness is only real when shared!!!
Coffee isn’t as green as we like to believe. Every time we use a paper filter, we damage our planet some more. Scary, right? And that’s without considering the emissions caused by the production of all those filters.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. The paper filter is a convenient tool of the modern age, but in the past, cloth filters were used – and even today, you’ll find them in Costa Rica. By using a cloth filter, we can decrease the amount of trash and deforestation that occurs as a side-effect of our delicious brews.
But don’t go digging around in your sock drawer because there’s already a product on the market: the Coffee Sock. And we’ve even gone and tested it with a variety of brew methods, so that you don’t have to take a single risk.
The Coffee Sock, courtesy of the aptly named Coffee Sock Co., is an organic filter designed to fit various brewing devices.
How did they come up with this idea? Well, they ran out of filters and, as self-proclaimed obsessive coffee-drinkers, remembered Costa Rica’s typical coffee sock. An invention was born.
The Coffee Sock is made of untreated, organic cotton. Since cotton is 90% cellulose, a tasteless and odorless compound that is also insoluble in water, it won’t impact on the flavor on the coffee.
The instructions, in theory, are easy to follow. They also turned out to be pretty easy in practice so, rest assured, this won’t complicate your routine too much. Before the first use, boil them for 10 minutes. After every use, rinse them thoroughly to remove any oils. Not too bad, right? They will also need periodic boiling, but can last up to a year before they being replaced.
As a coffee geek, I simply had to try the filters on different brewing methods. It’s worth mentioning that you do need a different sock for every type of brewing method; I selected the Chemex, V60, and AeroPress filters, as well as a DIY Cold Brew kit.
Chemex and V60: These two brewing methods had similarly positive results. I was originally a little worried that I might end up with under-extracted coffee since I noticed the water flowing faster than I would expect with a paper filter. Yet I couldn’t be more wrong: the end result was a clean, full-bodied cup with just the right acidity, according to the coffee’s origin.
AeroPress: This was a little more difficult, and the inverted method was a complete fail for me: by the time I wanted to put the cap on, I couldn’t close it because the filter was too thick. However, I next tried brewing it the normal way and, while I had to exert a lot of effort when putting the cap on, it was a success. Again, I got a super clear crisp cup with, when compared to the paper filter, an increased sweetness. DIY Cold Brew Kit: Despite being a cold brew virgin, I found the kit easy to use. In particular, the clear instructions on the different preparation times were appreciated. To summarise their instructions, just add coffee to the sock, close it, add cold water, and wait. Simple, right?
While some AeroPress users may find it requires a little too much effort, the Coffee Sock delivers an improved coffee and helps save the planet. For those of us too lazy for agar clarification, it’s a great option.
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