I made a second pour over for a friend today. About two weeks ago, I made the same pour over with a different coffee. This friend takes her coffee with Stevia and a little half and half. Not the way I like mine, but I’m happy to serve it up the way she likes it. After tasting two very different coffees, she joked that she felt like a coffee connoisseur. I’d like to share two takeaways from this experience.
The Connoisseur. What is a connoisseur? My dictionary defines it as an expert or a critical judge. A coffee expert is difficult to define and even more difficult to find in most areas of our country. But a critical judge? That, we almost all are. With a little guidance and a little experience, almost any daily coffee drinker can quickly become a connoisseur. Most of us are a little critical of our coffee by nature. We may not know the exact coffee words to use to describe what we like, but we know what it is when we taste it.
When she said she felt like a connoisseur, it’s not because we became experts in 15 minutes after two pour overs. It’s because we slowed down and started looking a little closer at the elements of what makes a great cup. We looked at where the coffee was from, how it was dried, how it was roasted, how it was ground, how it was brewed, and then finally what else we added to it. Then we asked what did we taste- bitter, sweet, sour, fruit, and floral flavors. My advice to you as well as to her was to slow down. Take your time. Did you enjoy it? Then share your experience.
She Told her Friends. This is what happens when we experience something special. We go out and tell our friends. With a little knowledge imparted to us, we become the dinner table experts, telling others the great flavors we enjoyed. Most coffee drinkers still haven’t had that moment where they experience coffee that tastes the way it smells. They have no idea how good coffee can be. They’ve had the traditional, bitter, burnt flavor of coffee and they think it’s good enough for them. Coffee can be so much more than that. It can be an incredible experience worth sharing with others when you find it.
This is why I still giggle to myself when my guests say things like “I don’t want to put you out.” Or “I’ll have some coffee if you’re making it.” They don’t understand I would drop what I am doing to make them a cup of coffee. Even if it takes longer than a Keurig machine. It’s worth it. I love to share it with others and I bet you do to. Keep sharing.