Are You A Coffee Lover?
Coffee drinkers are as in love with coffee as wine drinkers and pipe smokers with their habits, but may be less aware of their infatuation. Who hasn’t refused to give up some coffee-darkened eyesore of a cup, despite social pressures that would crumble Romeo or Juliet? There it stays, on the bottom shelf, messing up the effect of four feet of sparkling porcelain and glassware. This is plainly the stubbornness of love. There are people who refused to give up their cups to the waiter – and they didn’t want a refill either. They just wanted that cup sitting there to bring back memories, and maybe fondle now and then, until the aroma went away.
There are significant differences, however, between a coffee lover and, say, a wine fancier. The wine lover first knows a good deal about wine, or at least can talk a good deal about wine, and second craves variety. One seldom is served the same wine twice when one goes to dinner at a wine fancier’s house, whereas even people who pay attention to coffee tend to settle on one brand and one mode of preparation, and stay with it for years, morning after morning, night after night.
About Coffee Drinking Habits
Times are changing, of course. Along with everything else, coffee-drinking habits are being re-examined by the kitchen fundamentalists, the new-wave gourmets, the nutritionists, the dietary faddists. Coffee drinking itself is still something of a novelty in the world, but the statistics indicate the novelty is rapidly turning into habit. What appears to hinder such an attitude is:
- The easy availability of cheap instant coffees
- The national tendency to make coffee in the image of tea by over-brewing it
- Holding it too long, and killing what flavor is left with heavy applications of milk
The Gourmet Coffee Tradition
While this development was taking place, the sophisticates and connoisseurs were buying their coffees in shops that specialized in coffee, or perhaps in coffee, tea and spices. Here the selection was more varied, with certain traditional. Gourmet coffees leading the list:
- Arabian Mocha
- ‘Old Government’ Java
- Jamaican Blue Mountain
- In France Guadeloupe and Haitian replaced the Blue Mountain
- In the United States certain Central American coffees
- Kona from Hawaii might be added to the list
- In addition, every shop had its traditional or ‘secret’ blend.
When pre-roasted and pre-ground coffee began to be sold in tins and ‘bags, the gourmet coffee tradition went underground. The little specialty shops which still roasted their own coffees, the traditional grocers who still carried a selection of fresh whole bean coffees, continued to serve a small coffee-drinking elite, while everyone else rushed by the tea-bags and the instant.
Brew It Yourself And Making Coffee Expertly In Your Own Home
It is indisputable that the majority of the coffee drinkers in the world today keep the manufacturers of instant coffee in business. But the fact that you now in this website is some indication that your interest in coffee goes beyond unscrewing the lid from a jar and spooning up a measure of powder or granules.
There is a special enjoyment to be had from do it yourself coffee making. The sounds, the aroma, the satisfying sense of achieving your own standards of perfection in the coffee cup: all can be yours, simply, once you know how. This coffee drinking website is a guide to making coffee expertly in your own home.