Spill the Beans - Day 10 of the 30 Days of Thankfulness
There is something magical about a cup of coffee in the morning. Ten years ago, I would have never said that. But today, a cup of coffee in the morning is a consistent part of my morning routine and something that I enjoy every day.
I didn’t grow up in a home that drank coffee. My parents had a coffee pot and would make a pot or two when people were over for the holidays, but I don’t remember coffee being a daily thing. They even kept their ground coffee in the freezer so it wouldn’t spoil.
When more and more friends became coffee drinkers in high school and college, I couldn’t get on board. Coffee was too strongly flavored, bitter, and gross. When I found myself in a coffee situation, I ended up picking hot chocolate. I would still try coffee at times, but I wouldn't like it. Since I didn’t like coffee, I also didn’t take the time to understand the coffee vocabulary, which meant that I also wasn’t very adventurous in choosing something different.
It was my brother-in-law Matt and father-in-law Chuck that first introduced me to coffee that I actually enjoyed. When we’d get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas, Matt would make coffee that was easy to drink and flavorful. The coffee wasn’t bitter and adding a bit of half-and-half added something amazing to the hot cup of joe. When Chuck would come to visit, he too would bring his coffee expertise with him.
Now, coffee has become a hobby. For a number of years, I preferred using a French press. Lately, I have been using the Aeropress. I’ve experimented with different coffee brands and beans. There are times when I love a cup of hot coffee but I almost always make an iced coffee on weekdays, even during a blizzard. I’ve moved from store-bought creamers to homemade simple syrups.
Remaining diligent and open towards coffee eventually led me to something that I find great joy in. You’ve probably spent time trying something that others enjoy but doesn’t connect with you. Maybe it’s exercise. Maybe it’s reading. Or technology. You might never become a _____ person, but maybe, under the right conditions, you will.
My parents who kept coffee in the freezer because they didn’t have it enough to use an entire bag of coffee before it went bad now have an espresso machine and a nice burr grinder on their counter.
How about you?
Are you a coffee drinker? If so, what’s your daily go-to coffee?
"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you."
- Isaiah 26:3
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