Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I've become an aficionado (aka snob)

Well I discovered one thing for sure on our recent trip to San Francisco, I've become a total snot when it comes to my morning joe.  I absolutely cannot drink off the shelf beans or Kerug coffee of any sort (let alone "flavored beans"---people stop the madness!).  I have been so completely ruined for anything but freshly roasted beans, and the darker the roast, the better (at this stage in my coffee experience, but that may evolve too).  And Costco is my main go-to store.  They roast these beans on site and sell them for cheap!  $17 for this four pound bag:

I do my best not to complain about much when I'm staying in someone else's home.
Hospitality is central to my heart.  But I couldn't help but require a good cup of coffee each morning of my seven day visit (and it was my Aunt's house, so she's used to spoiling me).  Which meant that we incorporated Peet's or Great Bear coffee as part of our morning ritual.  And I even bought 1/2 pound of their freshly roasted coffee and tried to create my own little coffee maker.

And realized that I will now travel with a french press.  I know RIDICULOUS!  So completely high-maintenance.  But coffee is my "thang" you know.  For some people it's wine, others it's chocolate or cheese or good steak, etc etc.  I just love one really good cup of coffee in the morning.  And someday I will roast my own, but for now I don't want my little 900 square feet to be saturated with that burnt popcorn smell.

And as my reward for traveling 4 hours on a plane with a tired two-year old, we visited a place called Blue Bottle Coffee (per a fellow-coffee snots recommendation).  They do "pour-overs" meaning they hand pour each and every cup of coffee (with their own freshly roasted beans) and it was such a party!  Small, overly crowed sort of place, with the line wrapping around the building, fully staffed with artsy-hippy types.  And so worth the wait!  Such a fun experience for us (minus my cranky side kick...that I just kept feeding cookies).  I've always thought it would be so much fun to learn the coffee business and open my own shop, where we roast beans in front of our customers.  But if you've known me for any length of time, you know that's just one of a dozen, out-of-the-box, business ideas that I'm in love with.  So, on that note.  I'll get back to my for-real business and sew these two ikat pillows.