BY DAVID LAWRENCE
Press a button on your Keurig or scoop some grounds into a cup of hot water and instantly you have a cup of Joe. Coffee has been made easy. However, what is easy doesn’t typically result in what is best. What is best and most worthwhile generally takes time and patience. A great cup of coffee is not as simple as it seems.
One must first obtain high quality coffee beans. The beans must then be properly roasted and sealed in an airtight package. For the freshest tasting coffee, the beans must be used within a week of being roasted and packaged. You must then determine your method of brewing. Will you use a chemex, kone, mellita pour over, french press, aeropress….? Depending on your method you must then choose your grind. Will it be coarse or fine?
I could go on forever, but simply put, great coffee takes time. Great coffee is made from passion, study, and repeated trial and error. Without passion, I wouldn't know the things I know. I have researched what works best, found people to learn from who have experience, and then I've taken what I've learned and tried it on my own.
I am determined to continue growing in knowledge. I hope to make the best coffee possible and eventually own a coffee shop that is known for its expertise in craft coffee. I cannot count the amount of times I have gotten frustrated at the fact that I didn’t know what I was doing or that something wasn’t working the way I planned. (Making a proper french press was the reason for my wife's and my first fight.)
I've learned that frustration should not be the end of whatever craft you are trying to pursue. It should cause you to be reminded of why you first pursued it.