Friday, July 22, 2011

two thoughts over morning coffee


1) When I talk to people about coffee, and the things I taste in coffee, they assume this palate was cultivated during my childhood.  And they are correct.  My dad survives on a diet of granola bars, packaged crackers, and the occasional Whopper jr. or Double Cheeseburger. This is washed down with a few liters of Diet Coke, which is served warm in the morning, and all winter.  It isn't hard to draw the line between being raised in such a taste-conscious environment, and the palate I discuss today when I talk about the nuances in a cup of coffee.

2) The morning cup of coffee is what jolts our senses into daily routine.  It is what gradually stirs us to move forward into our day.  Such a cup of coffee should not be taken lightly.  It is the ship which guides us to our next shores; all it takes to ensure the voyage is filled with wonder is a grinder, freshly roasted beans, and a method of brewing which ensures regulation of temperature.  I'm not going to belabor the point of why these three things are important, but if you think coffee is a bitter brew, then you are missing a key step among those three.  And missing a step will cause your morning voyage to be windy and cold, fraught with peril.  That's not how I want to enter my days.

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely picture! (The only thing that would improve it would be if I was leaping out of the woods on the left. Yes, that really would be an amazing shot.)