About My Love for Coffee
Also, about coffee beans and some chit chat
Coffee. Yes, I am obsessed with it. Some people believe it is the most popular beverage in the world. And I say, why not?
Coffee addicts like me cannot even go a day without having their coffee and I love my ancient little brass and steel coffee filters that make the best coffee in the world.
So let me tell you a little story. Two days back, I ordered my filter coffee powder along with the rest of my groceries. I usually do this when I have at least three days’ worth of coffee powder left, simply because the thought of an empty coffee tin makes me shudder and gives me nightmares. Yes, I actually lose sleep over it.
Then yesterday, I realized that I hadn’t actually placed the order, and laughing to myself, I ordered it from my local supermarket. Three hours later, my order was delivered. The sun shone again.
After a brief chit-chat with the delivery person and jokes and smiles exchanged, I went about putting away the stuff.
This morning, I set the water to boil on the stove, and happily took one pack of coffee, and cut it open. I filled the coffee tin and fondly looked at the pack, straightening it out. To my horror, I discovered that it wasn’t the variant I ordered.
Fun fact, my latest pleasure in coffee powders is this one — I am NOT kidding. The coffee is actually called Vidya filter coffee. What are the chances, eh?
Anyway, I also felt sheepish, because I should have checked to see if the delivered items were correct, instead of exchanging jokes with the delivery person. Oh well. Can’t change that. Now that I had cut the pack, I could no longer return it.
So, what was so wrong with this coffee? You see, I get a particular type of bean in a specific pure coffee to chicory ratio. The one I received this time had a higher ratio of chicory. And that depletes the perfect coffee taste for me.
What to do?
I remembered that a friend of mine had gifted me some coffee beans. So, I set about roasting them to a rich oily brown. Then ground the beans and shook them up with the coffee powder in the tin. I also had some Colombian coffee another friend had gifted my husband, and added a little of that, too.
The result? Rich brown perfectly blended coffee powder that I couldn’t wait to drink.
No wonder coffee is referred to as a hug in a mug!
As I shared a cup of the “global” coffee with my neighbor, I couldn’t help recalling memories of the time I was around ten years old and sent to the Coffee Board to buy coffee beans, which were then roasted at home and ground the night before so we’d have fresh coffee the next morning.
That’s when I learned that there are basically three different types of coffee beans from which different types of coffee are extracted.
- Robusta and
- Kona Coffee Beans.
They vary in pricing and taste and grow in three types of environments. Seems like the rule of three, eh? Obviously, each country and region has its own traditional brewing method.
Of the three types of beans, Robusta is the most popular and easily available. Also, decently priced. It was first discovered in the Congo region, where it grew naturally, and then began to be cultivated in different parts of the world. It grows easily in a continental climate.
Next comes Arabica coffee beans, which are expensive compared to Robusta. Arabica, which has a delicate taste and is not easily available everywhere, also grows in different parts of the world and the bean from each region tastes different depending on the climatic conditions. The aroma and taste are great, which is probably why they make a great accompaniment to your breakfast, for their refreshing taste.
Finally comes Kona, the most expensive type of coffee beans. Rare because of its small-scale production, Kona Coffee Beans are grown in Hawaii on a small scale and they are not even used in daily life as the other coffee beans. Kona beans have a strong aroma and because of this, not everyone can handle its taste. Even regular users of Kona Coffee beans just blend a small quantity.
And by the way, fun fact: the coffee bean is really a type of seed but called a “bean” because of its shape.
I love my coffee strong and dark and mostly mixed with a little milk to get that perfect shade.
By the way, I remember being quite surprised to learn that there are cappuccino makers. So for the cappuccino lovers out there, to brew the perfect coffee, you must choose the best cappuccino maker to extract the taste from each and every coffee bean.
Cappuccino makers come in a range of models, and while some just prepare cappuccino, others are more diverse, with the ability to brew your espresso and latte, as well. The main thing to bear in mind is the capacity of the cappuccino machine. No point in getting the one-cup type, at least for me, since I come from a family of coffee lovers.
Stay tuned for my post about choosing the best coffee maker so that you can pick the one that’s right for you!
So how do you like your coffee? ☕
As you can tell, I love my coffee
Someone once asked me, “How do you take your coffee?”
And I answered, “Seriously. Very seriously.”
I enjoy being an editor. I believe that reading the numerous fabulous submissions that stream into our drafts has taught me to be a better writer. After all, we live, we learn, and we are works in progress. I look forward to putting together the reading list every week. It makes me happy to compile the mega-shoutout, highlighting writers — old and new.
I’ve made wonderful friends here. Coffee brightens my day.
After all, life begins after Coffee, right?
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