Ever since high school, I’ve been a coffee drinker. I was the 16 year old who always had a cup o’ joe in hand when the first bell rang. I even convinced my first period teacher to let someone run to Dunkin Donuts each morning so they could bring back coffee and breakfast for everyone in the class. We all rotated who was on “pick-up” duty and enjoyed a bagel sandwich and coffee while studying Music Theory. Oh the perks of being at a small school.
Anyway, in my youthful innocence (hah!), I simply knew I liked coffee and had to have it every morning to stave off that headache. But I didn’t really know about coffee. Now ten years later (yikes—didn’t really realize it was that long ago until I just did the math!), I’d like to think I’m ten years older and wiser—at least as far as my morning beverage choices.
My coffee knowledge as of late is due to my brother and sister-in-law of FreshGround Roasting. And they know coffee. I’m learning about various coffee origins, brewing methods, pulling the perfect espresso shot and how to truly “taste” coffee. And let me tell you, there’s a lot more to this whole coffee thing than meets the eye.
One of my favorite roasts offered by FreshGround is their Papua New Guinea Madan Estate. It makes an awesome brew with a full body and clean finish. But the best thing about this coffee is the story behind it. This is no ordinary bag of beans. As my brother likes to say, this is coffee that makes a difference.
Are you a coffee drinker? Tell us about your favorite!