Welcome to my new coffee series: Adjusting the Grind.
Adjusting the Grind's goal is to provide the everyday person with tips and tools to better understand coffee.
I hope to provide both education on its history and give fun brewing tips from a Barista's perspective. I will always be open for questions and topic suggestions, so please, feel free to suggest, comment, ask, and voice your opinion. I do not claim to be an expert by any means, but I do love coffee and working as a Barista on a daily basis.
Today's topic is philosophic in nature:
What is the Point of Coffee?
Is it to stay awake during finals week?
Or wake up after you slept too little the night before?
Or to taste good?
Or to analyze?
Or to bring people together?
I know someone whose response to this question is to taste good.
I agree with him to a point. I think the point of coffee is different for everyone though. For me, coffee equals people.
I would rather drink Folgers with friends and family than Esmeralda (that is a really great coffee) by myself.
Even when I drink coffee by myself, it is a ritualized time with myself that I allow to gather my thoughts or just slow down.
In all cultures, coffee is an invitation for friendship, my mom always says.
And I agree with her.
I know, that coffee is inherently an inanimate beverage meant for consumption,
but I enjoy the humanity behind the cup of black water.
The process of making coffee has so much humanity integrated in it
from the coffee tree to the coffee mug.
I guess, this can be applied to any product,
but I think it is easy to get sucked into the mechanics and details of coffee making
and miss the humanity.
I love my job because there is absolutely nothing like
listening to a customer's needs,
selecting a product for them,
crafting their drink with heart,
and seeing their face light up as you pass the cup across the counter
knowing you just brightened their day a little bit.
Yes, it will taste good,
but that is not why I made it,
and that is not why I drink it.
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