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Experience: how to find the right amount

As those who follow my Instagram stories would be able to attest to, I’ve been making pour over coffee every day for the better part of the past 7 years. Every day I pick out my favourite beans, weigh them to a tenth of a gram (!), grind away by hand, and ever so carefully hold the kettle over the server, as I craft my coffee drip by drip.

However, it was only recently that I realised one trick that has made that pouring so much easier. It’s so simple you can hardly call it a trick though.

The right amount of water.

For the longest time I’ve either put too much water in the kettle so that it flows down the side of the kettle and not into the server, or too little that I spend a whole lot of time trying to find the right balance so that only one drip comes out at a time.

It turns out all I needed to do was to fill my kettle to about 60%.

Knowing the right amount of experience comes through experience. Sometimes it takes a lot more experience than we expect, and we feel stupid for it taking so long, and sometimes we pick things up right away.

Either way, experience is the teacher, and again it’s a matter of doing things to learn. Experience is how you find the right amount of experience. There is no other way.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.

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