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Last week I had someone tell me that, as much as they tried to get into coffee, they simply could not get it to like it. This got me started to think first, how someone could possibly not like coffee, and second, what can I do to change that persons mind. So I decided to make a list of top 5 things to do, for anyone who wants to get into coffee, not to become like a coffee aficionado or anything, but at least to appreciate it,…and to understand my obsession with it 🙂 Anyways, here it is, in order of importance:

1. Stop drinking instant coffee

 While I know it can be tempting to just pick up a jar of nescafe, and in 10sec you have yourself a coffee in the morning, or during work. Yes you save those precious 4 minutes (see point #2 why), but you lose out on the 5 minutes or so of enjoyment. So basically you’re not doing yourself any favour, and you’re actually at a net loss. The only time one is allowed to drink instant coffee is on an airplane or train, where you know they won’t bother with espressos. So do yourself a favour and….

2. Buy a caffetiere, or french press as it is called in the US

 You can go into any Starbucks, or department store, to get one of these. It is probably the simplest way to make coffee. All you have to do is put 2 proper spoons of (and I can’t overstate the importance of this) fine-grined coffee into the caffetiere, for each cup (and don’t skim out on the coffee, because if you just use one, you lose on the strength and flavor – basically you’ll drink coffee flavoured water). Then, pour 1 cup of hot, not boiling, water into the caffetiere, stir a bit, and let it sit for 4 minutes! Then just press the lever down, and voila.

3. Don’t rush drinking your coffee

 When you do finally get the chance to make a proper cup of coffee, don’t rush it. Even if you have a job interview or an exam, sit down in your kitchen, and take those 5min to enjoy the coffee and make a mental plan how you’re going to ace that interview or the exam. If you rush it, you’re just increasing your stress level, and you run the risk of spilling your coffee on your shirt or something, and you don’t really want that to happen right? But the main point is, the whole point of coffee is to relax and enjoy those few minutes of you-time, unless you’re meeting a friend to catch up or something.

4. Learn about the history of coffee

 If you’re reallyyyy keen on getting into coffee, try learning about its history. Just go on Wikipedia, or do a youtube search (I love coffee, or something like that). Knowing where coffee actually comes from, how it is made, what are the different types, etc. is actually what makes coffee drinking quite fun, and a good hobby as well. A good book is also ‘Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed our World’ by Mark Pendergrast. There’s another one I read recently, but can’t remember the title right now, so I’ll post it in the comments when I get home.

5. Get a Nespresso machine

 Now, this one, I used to be really against as the whole capsules system  as I thought that it takes the fun out of making your own coffee, but actually it doesn’t. And it kills that excuse about being in a hurry and not making a proper cup. Yes, it might be a bit expensive (they start at about 100euros or so), but it is worth it. Capsules are about 0.25EUR, so really not that expensive if you think about it. If you go out to have an espresso you’ll pay at least 4x as much for it. In the last 3 months since I had my own Nespresso, I probably saved at least as much as the machine and the capsules cost. Not saying you should not get coffee when you’re out, as that just won’t work, BUT if you think about it, skipping that morning coffee on the go (saving 2EUR), might in those 3 months add up to a Nespresso machine….True story 😉

 

Coffee quote of the day: I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee. – Flash Rosenberg 

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