The Experience of Coffee

Coffee is more than just the cup – it’s the experience.

One of my favorite ‘coffee memories’ – memories, basically, involving or centered around a cup of coffee – is meeting someone for the first time and bonding while running through the rain to get a cup of Intelligentsia coffee.

Another is running down the hot streets of Rome to have a refreshing shot of espresso that was clearly overbrewed. Normally, it would have been bitter and burnt, but in that sweltering heat, that cup was exactly what I needed.
 
The point is, good coffee is whatever you enjoy in that moment. Perhaps it is enjoying a perfectly steeped cup of Indonesian cold brew. But it may also be just a cup at your local diner with an overly sweet donut to match. It is, in other words, whatever accentuates your experience at the moment. Much like art, the term “good taste” is extremely subjective, and one that ‘connoisseurs’ would understand – as opposed to a snob, who would judge another for their tastes.
 
So this week, try taking out a bottle of Kopi cold and go out and hunt for Pokémon. Enjoy a concert. Whatever it is, make the moment memorable, and the beverage you are drinking at that point in time will taste just that much better. 

 

By Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon, United States (The Bad Waitress — Coffee Shop and Diner) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon, United States (The Bad Waitress — Coffee Shop and Diner) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons