Coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.
I love my coffee. It's a vital part of my day. I am a total coffee addict. I freely admit it.
I don't function nearly as well unless I start my day with the coffee ritual.
Many years ago I cut my coffee intake back to before noon only. Then I cut it back further to only one hot coffee in the morning and an iced coffee for morning tea.
Now I only have my one coffee most days. Not all days. Sometimes I will have a second cup.
I will have a second coffee if I'm out somewhere special. I will have a second coffee as a weekend treat. Or on days like today, I will have a second coffee if I didn't get enough sleep.
Coffee must have a full rich flavour and not be burnt or bitter.
I have watched businesses dominate or die on the quality of their coffee alone. I will go out of my way for a nice cup of coffee, and it doesn't matter how good all the rest of your stuff is, if your coffee is bad I won't be back.
I think I could ramble on and on about coffee, it has a full history all of it's own. Coffee has a host of experts that specialise in growing, in roasting, in brewing, in blending and in pouring. These skills have developed until coffee making has become an art form in it's own right.
There are those that would argue one way is better then another with more fervour then they would religion or politics.
If you suggest I try decaf please forgive the involuntary look of disgust that plays across my face. I don't mean to be rude, it just happens, I can't help it.
In different parts of Australia not all coffee is equal.
In Brisbane one must order cappuccino to get a good cup. In Melbourne it is best to order a latte and in Perth a flat white. Why this is, is indeed a mystery, but true none-the-less; at least during the years I've spent in those various cities.
At home we use a plunger aka French press, we have ground our own beans although we don't any more as bean suppliers are more scarce then they used to be in our local area. The beans we get now are pre-ground. We have even used a humidor for bean storage.
Coffee is one of life's great pleasures in my book. It's one of those little things that purfylle every day.
I like my coffee with full cream milk and two sugars. How do you drink yours?