Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tools of the trade

Shannon snickered when I said I wanted another coffee machine for Christmas. She teases me about all the coffee-related paraphernalia I have (as you can see). I admit it. I love coffee and I'm a bit fetishistic about the process of making it. When I'm at Starbucks I have to resist the urge to look over the barista's shoulder to make sure he's making my tall double-shot latte just so. If I could, I'd grow the beans and roast them myself. The fabulous cups of coffee I've enjoyed stand out as milestones in my mind. There was that perfect café con leche at a lunch counter in Old San Juan that came out of a machine that looked like it could have been there since the Spanish-American War, and the cup of bold joe at Krispy Kreme in Clarks Summit the morning I got married (tasted better for some reason), or those well-crafted lattes from Paris Bakery & Cafe in downtown West Palm best enjoyed on brisk South Florida Saturday mornings accompanied by the bells of First Presbyterian from across the street. I could go on.

Of course, all the technology in the world won't do you any good without quality beans. Lately I've been getting my beans from Impact Coffee Company or Electric City Roasting. You can't beat their product and I have personal reasons for wanting to support them. The first is a micro-enterprise run by kids from Urban Youth Impact, a local ministry that Shannon and I support, and beans from the second are roasted a few blocks from where Shannon grew up in Scranton, PA! In a pinch I'll buy Seattle's Best at the grocery. When it comes to espresso I usually buy Café Pilon, but once in a while I treat myself to this.

Yes, coffee (and the stuff to make it with) is one of God's good gifts.


David said...

Wow. We seriously need to meet for coffee when we're down there the end of January...

redeyespy said...

I'm with you every step of the way, there. One of life's great pleasures. Well chosen recs.

If I ever stop, I fear for what would certainly be wicked withdrawal headaches!

Stephen Ley said...

Look forward to that, David!

Thanks, Bill. Peet's Coffee from San Francisco is good too, as you well know.

Kimberly said...

Amen....a truly great gift!
Of course, the coffee in New Orleans some of the best anywhere...we take it very seriously down here!

A coffee memory: The glee when finding a Starbucks in Munich after days of drinking bad German coffee...lovely:)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Stephen Ley said...

Ah, yes! I hope to drink coffee at Cafe Du Mond before I die.

Thanksgiving blessings to you!

redeyespy said...

And you have to have their beignets to go along with the java. Fond memories!