Although being Latin-American and came from a coffee country, these three years living in Panama have given me the opportunity to learn how to start loving real coffee. My level of ignorance was such that today I regret not having being interested in coffee earlier in my life, but, never too late! I think there is something related to my age (30’s) which gives me this love-felling about coffee, its flavour & aroma.
From my modest point of view, learning about coffee has been such an exciting experience as well as a progressive process, where one thing has taken me to another. I know that drinking coffee is something really subjective and I am actually very glad about that, because each of us has his own appreciation, taste and preference for coffee, which make it unique for everyone.
To me, coffee gives the feeling of being at home, it means warmth, peace, harmony, friendship, and love; it’s like drinking a cup full of feelings and emotions!!… I just love it. That is why I want to share with you some tips to introduce you to the delightful and interesting world of coffee.
Tips to start loving coffee
Be open to try new things. If you haven’t tasted coffee or you think you don’t like it at all (which I doubt it), go ahead and try some traditional/commercial one, such as, Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino, Mochaccino, Latte, and so on… However, if you are already tired of traditional things and want to be enchanted about something new, try some craft coffee.
Keep in mind that drinking craft coffee involves three important aspects, such as, the processing method, variety of beans and the way of brewing it. I recommend going to your nearest coffee bar/coffee shop and ask about the three things I’ve just mentioned and try any Washed/Natural/Honey Arabica family coffee, such as, Geisha, Typica, Catuai, Pacamara, Bourbon, or other… I bet you will end up very surprised.
Learn to drink real coffee. To appreciate real coffee and get most of its benefits I suggest drinking freshly ground coffee with no additives, which means, no sugar/sweetener, no milk and no cream. As I said before, becoming a real coffee lover is a progressive process; I started adding instead of 2 teaspoon of sugar, just 1 and now I don’t add any sugar to my cup of coffee. Regarding milk, it has been a much longer process (because I used to love Cappuccinos/Lattes) but I assure you it has been worth it. Nowadays, I get much more from a cup of coffee than ever, and you can do it too.
Be interested in coffee. I’m definitely very amazed on how deep is the world of coffee and I’ve just started learning about it, but I’m already in love with it. Coffee is nothing but history, processes and variety, and it’s worldwide, so you just need to be willing to learn a bit about it and automatically a door full of knowledge will open for you.
I believe that what I have just written is nothing new, and what is useful for one it might not be for other, but I just wanted to share with you some tips that worked well for me to start loving a real cup of coffee and introduce me in this fascinating world of flavour & aroma!!
“Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.” by Gertrude Stein.