I first started drinking coffee at Dunkin Donuts. And I am not sure if that is good, bad or ugly but it was what it was. I drank their coffee and liked it. Though I loaded it up with heaping loads of cream and sugar and all other kinds of masking devices. This did the trick . Though it really made the coffee pointless as I could just as easily have been drinking hot chocolate or the like.
Now I'm not sure how long this went on, but eventually I began to change. It started slowly. I would add less and less sugar. I would add less and less cream. I then began choosing darker roasts and stared to appreciate the varying flavors and underlying notes. It was a beautiful thing. I discovered whole bean coffee and fresh local roasts and the amazing world of the bean opened up to me. It was a fantastic experience.
The wold of espresso based drinks really intrigued me. As my tastes developed I began to realize I had a taste for strong, dark, and concentrated flavors. Like dry red wine, a tall dark Guiness and a couple of ounces of proplerly extracted espresso. The beautiful sweet crema on the top and the dark bitter finish of the bottom. A lot of work for a few ounces of fluid that go down it a couple of sips. But it was magnificent.
Now I know that there is more to the coffee experiance than just espresso. But in all honesty that is really my favorite part. Maybe I just still have some more growing up to do. That's probably very true. But for now I will stick with that. Besides, there are so many things to discover everyday. You can't just rush through it all. Take your time. Relax a little. And try to appreciate every moment.
Comments will be approved before showing up.