Coffee is a mainstay product for homes across the globe, but whereas it used to be simply something you pour in your mouth every morning to make you feel like you’re alive again, it’s now turning into so much more.
Coffee comes in many varieties, from the generic pre-ground beans you purchase in bulk from your local grocery to the organic, artisanal, special roast beans only available at certain times of the year from select small farms.
The Daily Grind
For years I was a fan of the former kind. Coffee was a morning ritual without which I couldn’t open my eyes, much less function as a proper human being. My purchases consisted of the generic no-name brand at the grocery store that came in the largest tins, or perhaps a small bag of something off the shelf with an interesting name if I was feeling extra fancy.
It’s not that I wasn’t aware of the wider range of beans available, and the more intricate processes through which they can be prepared, I just simply didn’t believe there was any difference.
Let me tell you now, I was wrong.
The Adventure Begins
Not only are there literally countless variations of beans available from all over the world, but each and every kind tastes a little bit different.
Sometimes a whole lot different.
It’s a whole new world of flavors out there, that I never believed could exist. Coffee comes in flavors that don’t even seem to make sense coming from a bean — whether it’s a hint of something floral, or a bean that tastes of exotic fruits.
There are varieties that taste nutty, citrusy, vanilla-like, there are even coffee beans that literally taste like chocolate. Sometimes it hardly seems to make sense, but logical or not, there’s something delicious for every palette.
The Endless Variety
With all these available bean flavors, you might think that’s variety enough, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
As I entered into the world of coffee sensations, the next thing I learned is that every different method of preparing your drink has a different effect on the flavor outcome — from the way you store and grind your beans, to the method used for taking them from a pile of ground-up beans to a steaming cup of aromatic flavors.
Coffee is no longer just a way to make myself human in the morning — it’s become a ritual, an experiment, even an art form. Every day is a new adventure, and I’m never quite sure where it’s going to take me.
All I know for sure is that it’s going to be delicious.
Keeping Up Without Jonesing
If I have my way, I’ll never go back to grocery store beans. Thankfully in today’s connected world, there are subscription coffee services that will deliver whatever beans you want for your next adventure, directly to your door.
Whether you’re looking for a bean from a certain geographical area or one that’s environmentally friendly, you can select for just about anything — from certain flavors or aromas, to strengths and sustainability.
Don’t settle for bulk beans, take yourself on the flavor adventure you deserve!