Helsinki Coffee Festival 2016


Last weekend the Helsinki Coffee Festival took place for the second time and I took the opportunity to check out what it’s all about.


First of all, you guys need to know that Finland is the top country when it comes to coffee consumption. About 2.3 cups are what Finns drink on daily average but that’s probably only the lower end of the bar. Finnish people really do love coffee and when you visit your friends, it’s almost a custom to drink coffee.

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Living space: wants vs. needs

Inspired by Masha Sedgwick’s post, that tells about how happy and content she feels in her new apartment, no matter how unfinished it still is, I want to pick up a similar subject; living space: how many square meters does a single person really need?

Let’s be honest, I have moved around quite a bit within the past 10 years. I moved to Finland in October 2007 and moved 3 times in 2 years. In January 2010, I moved to Denmark for 3 months, then to Madrid and one month later to Valencia. In August 2010, I moved back to Finland for a year. Within this one year, I moved twice. I moved back to Finland and moved 2 times until I moved into this very same apartment I’m sitting now in August 2012.


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Still alive!

Hey Folks,

I know it has been silent for here for a long long time but I have been in a reading slump basically  since November and don’t seem to get out of it. It’s so annoying. And I kinda stressing myself about it and I guess that makes it eve worse. But I really want to read all these review copies I requested. Duh, I hate situations like these. Do you have any tips on how to overcome reading slumps?

Otherwise, it got super wintery here in Helsinki. I was so sad when there wasn’t any snow for Christmas but shortly after the temperatures finally dropped and we got very little snow. Then after the new year, it got really cold. I mean…freezing cold…temperatures were between -20 to -27 Celsius (-4 to -16 Fahrenheit). Last night and this morning there was heavy snowfall but it’s getting warmer now…and I guess it will be plus something next week. Kinda annoying…never really pleased with the weather…too much of everything. Just kinda grumpy about it.

All in all, it really seems that my time in Finland is really coming to an end. I’m not willing to really go through snow and coldness and darkness for over and over again. It’s nice for 2…or 4 weeks…if I feel like it but I simply don’t wanna live it any longer.

One thing I look forward too, I will go to Germany in March to see my family. Can’t wait to see them – it’s been more than a year.


Coffee Chit-Chat #2: Christmas presents for coffee lovers

Finding the perfect Christmas present for your loved ones isn’t always easy.  What to give to someone who actually has everything already and doesn’t ask for anything special? Giving gift cards is often seen as very impersonal and boring and what to do when you are not exactly crafty?

Well, for me personally Christmas shopping is horror. I never know what to give to whom and at the end I just buy some Finnish chocolates and give to all my family. But for everyone who really does love and enjoy good coffee I might have some nice idea.

With Christmas time starting now, days getting dark and colder, more windy and hopefully also snowy, it’s nice to drink something special after a long day at work or maybe even to wake up.

The Christmas Blend features tasting notes of Chocolates, Orange and Cinnamon without using any flavours. All the flavours and aftertastes of Oranges, Chocolates and Cinnamon in the Christmas Blend come from Brazilian, Colombian and El Salvador beans.

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No matter what way coffee is prepared, The Coffee Box* offers the exactly the grind needed for whatever method preferred. But if your friends (or even yourself) are so pro and have a own coffee grinder you can get the beans delivered and grind them themselves (yourself) just like you need and like it best.

So if you have coffee lovers as friends, parents, siblings, and/or grandparents and you would like to give them some very special and delicious coffee that has been made with love, The Coffee Box* is just for you! You can have it delivered directly to their address. The Coffee Box* offers a special Christmas Subscription that features either a 1-month subscription* or a 2-month subscription*. Each subscription includes 4 deliveries of coffee.

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*The links include an embedded discount code. If it doesn’t work, enter NORA5OFF during check-out. The coffee was sent to me for promotion from The Coffee Box. Thank you so much!

Coffee Chit-Chat #1 – The Coffee Box

Good Morning y’all!

Did you enjoy your morning coffee already? Yes?
If so, what coffee was it? And where did you buy it from? Likely from the supermarket, right?
Well, today I’d like to introduce you to something completely new, but more about that later!

This is the first post of a new weekly series and I’m very excited to share many amazing things about coffee with you guys every Sunday. It replaced the Weekly Wrap-Up for the time being.

Like the name of my blog indicates, I don’t only enjoy books, adventures and life but also coffee. I love coffee and it simply belongs to my mornings. In the past, I didn’t give much thought to what kind of coffee I bought. The main thing was that it was affordable and the taste came after that since I would drown it in milk and sugar anyway.

But since some months I have looked more closely on what coffee I got, where it was from and what tasting notes it had. I also started to buy a bit more expensive coffee and well, what can I say, except it’s definitely worth to spend more on coffee. A few months ago I got myself a coffee grinder and ever since that I grind coffee myself and it’s a major improvement. But still, a grinder only doesn’t make great coffee – it’s about the little bean! Continue reading “Coffee Chit-Chat #1 – The Coffee Box”