I've more or less been away from coffee from the past few months, and it's nice to bring it back into my daily ritual. My first cup was stale pre-ground Starbucks Blonde in a papered Aeropress. It was delicious. But so is everything to the hungry (thirsty?) man. Hunger is the most delicious sauce.
Then, some pre-ground Intelligentsia (got a Lido still in the build-phase, looking forward to that). Still delicious and pine-apply five days post-grind. I remember, back in the geek days, lamenting the fact, sometimes, that something was five days post ROAST. Five days post grind, probably 10 days post-roast, and it's delicious in my aeropress. Defined structure, delicious tart snap at the back, lightly syrupy. I remember again why I love this beverage.
It's often said that the best way to remember something is to take a nap. During sleep, your mind better consolidates information. I feel like something similar happened with my coffee break. I just appreciate the stuff so much more than I did before, when I took it for granted, and maybe my taste buds somehow got more sensitive in the interm. As it happens, I took up cooking in the interim and I think that greatly increased my appreciation (in terms both of discernment and love) of flavor.
Anyway, just thought I'd drop this dispatch. Happy brewing indeed.