More than 96 degrees in the shade - coffee and more

It is summertime and no two days here are ever alike. I will not join the bandwagon and complain about the weather. I just take it as it comes. In just 3 days we have gone from “It’s too darn hot” to “Her comes the rain again”. As the world now knows, Europe's had record-breaking temperatures on Tuesday. I had a coffee appointment and since I always say "rain or shine, life goes on" - I was not about to cancel.

The moment I got outside – I felt as though I had stepped into an oven. It was 38 degrees Celsius or about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. I did not feel as though I was boiling instead the warm wind was reminiscent of summer holidays abroad - but this is Holland. I decided to walk on the side of the street with the most trees but that did not really change how I felt.

The walk was pleasant nonetheless as I passed beautiful bridges and streets. However, the streets seemed empty and I thought,
“Am I the only daring or foolish soul walking around in the sweltering heat.” Well, I felt it was the former and my daring friend was on another path to our venue.

I arrived early at “Joe and the Juice”. It is of Scandinavian origin and considered an edgy and different coffee experience. As I waited for my friend I wondered about the name. I could not find any information on their website so I decided that my own guess was correct.

Did you know that coffee has many nicknames? One of the nicknames is ….you guess it “Joe” and another is “Bean Juice”. Although I thought I knew a thing or 2 about coffee – the only other name that sprung to mind was “cuppa”.
If you can - just pour yourself a “cuppa” and I will share with you some coffee facts that I googled while waiting for my friend.


Have you ever heard some of these names? I haven’t but that does not matter. The coffee aficionados reading this post might be able to add a few additional names to the list.

My friend called to say she would be 15 minutes late, so I had more time for my coffee research. During my travels I recall that many countries seemed to have a similar word for this famous dark brown brew.
Here is a list of 40 names.


In the end it does not matter what we call our coffee – it is now a

global social drink

everyone recognises it in any language.

This Ethiopian native has taken the world by storm. I noticed that the Ethiopian name for coffee is not on the list above. That is a pity because without them – we most likely would not have our “daily pick me up”. (Hmm this phrase is more certainly a nickname as well.)
In Amharic – the Ethiopian language, coffee is called "bunn" or "buna". As the coffee plant originates from a place called Kaffa – it is sometimes called “Kaffa bunn”. Some believe that is where the term coffee bean comes from.

I still had some time left before my friend arrived. As most guests were sitting outside – I could easily make photos of inside the café.

It had a cozy living room feel to it.

Soon my friend arrived and we placed our simple order.

I got a cappuccino and she had juice.

Not coffee's nickname, but real juice as she is on a juice fast. I thoroughly enjoyed my cappuccino. It was strong and bold enough with just the right amount of foam and milk. I was happy that my coffee was not adorned with cinnamon or cocao powder – that is for another experience.

After catching up for an hour, we decided to walk and talk. Maybe moving would feel more comfortable than sitting under the awnings in the shade. As we walked along the shopping street - it seems to radiate the sweltering heat.

I was impressed with this lovely Japanese camellia plant and that the blooms were still so beautiful in the heat. I had to get closer to capture its beauty.

We sought out trees for protection as the searing sun seemed to pierce our skins.

These maple trees are so sturdy and graceful.

After saying goodbye to my friend, I walked towards the park. I love this area – everything is so wild and beautiful.

I sought the most shaded paths

or walked close to water.

One would assume that it would be a bit cooler at the water's edge
but I felt zero cooling.

Thereafter, I came to this path with these mosaiced balls.

Only one had a saying on it. I moved closer.

It read -

Some people dance in the rain - others just get wet.
Bob Marley

I felt it was a great reminder to:

truly live life, enjoy, appreciate and savour even the small moments and not just go through the motions.

This was also directly applicable to the current weather. It should not matter whether it is hot or cold – we should make the most of life - if and when we can.

It was a perfect quote to sum up my walk - on a sizzling hot day.


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Incredible stuff. I didn't know those names. Kinda funny once you look at all the things. We also have a lot of names around here. The weirdest ones are Tinto (Colombian way to refer to black coffee) and Guayoyo (Venezuelan way to talk about a diluted black coffee). There's also plenty of ways to prepare coffee and names unique to our culture that when people migrate, they don't know how to order coffee.

Anyway, people say drinking hot beveragea during a hot day is good to inform the weather. Even thought it might have been really hot, I bet it was good for a change of cool weather. We enjoy our fresh days when the temperature drops below 25. It is constantly over 30°C.

Also the photos are amazing. Really nice sights!

I knew there would be tons of names for coffee - I am sure many people have their own favorite nicknames like some of the ones you mentioned.

I certainly informed the hot weather with my coffee drinking on a steamy hot day. The change was good like you said but I am happy the hatwave is gome. It has now cooled off dramatically. I can imagine that you enjoy the cooler day. My ideal temperature is about 23 degrees.

Thanks for the compliment and for dropping by.

We had some temperature rise in the last days. It even got our car overheated. Thankfully, it wasn't a serious problem!

It's a good thing to have some changes. However, that heatwave must have been a problem in some places reaching temperatures over 40°C. So, maybe not everyone could fight it with hot bean juice.

 2 months ago  

I will not join the bandwagon and complain about the weather.

Come on, join us


Great saying on the mosaic ball. Nice way to end the post. Well done!

Lol- sorry - I will join you over some "brain fuel" - then there is absolutely nothing to complain about. Thank you regarding the end of the post. Bob Marley seems to be popping up a lot for me lately!!! hmmm

Lovely photos, it looks like a nice place to go for coffee (or tea in my case! LOL)

Thank you @mypathtofire. Yes it is a great place for both coffee or tea or juice. 😀

I don't know how you managed to walk on that heating day 😅, but looks like you enjoyed everything there and your walk as well hehe, those paintings are awesome and so is the flower...
I really enjoyed reading your blog, you are so good with your text 👍

Keep sharing your interesting content
Have a nice day!

Haha where there is a will there is a way. I guess I did nto think too much about the heat - I was so focussed ont he my surroundings. However truth be told - when we sat having our drinks - despite the shade - we needed to start moving - it was "REAL HOT in the shade" as Bob Marley sang.

😄 I have some GIF for that 😅

Thanks Shrazi

 2 months ago  

I loved your publication, also your attitude towards things, for example with respect to the sweltering heat there, I have read the news but of course I know that they exaggerate the truth.

By the way I was fascinated by how beautiful the flowers are in the Netherlands.

Aww many thanks @fabian98. I try my best to remain positive even when faced with adversity. Yes - I know what you mean about the news.
Yes the flowers here are amazing - the variety and quality. The Netherlands is the largest when it comes to production and trade of flowers in the world. It is quite impressive

I never knew coffee had so many names. The café Is very beautiful and you took some stunning pictures as well. I'm you enjoyed your walk


Aww thank you @bos - I am happy you enjoyed my walk. Yes the cafe is a nice and I always enjoy meeting this friend there in such nice surroundings.

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