I’m sitting in my home office right now, frantically working on editing a short film. While I typically work nights, I flip my schedule for my “weekends” so it is getting to be a bit late for me. Of course, I’m starting to feel the need for a cup of coffee. Naturally, most of you probably assume that means that I’m going to head downstairs, pull my freshly bought beans from their airtight container, and put them into a coffee pot that has a built-in burr grinder, and run purified water through the pot to make the coffee. The truth, if you’ll forgive me, is that this scenario just isn’t the case.
Truth be told, I’m about to go downstairs, dump out the remnants of the last pot of coffee, give the decanter a quick rinse, and fill my $15 Mr Coffee coffee maker with Folgers (gasp). I know, it’s hard to believe. One of these days, I actually plan to get around to doing a comparison of “low-end” coffees, because some of them aren’t as bad as I would normally lead you to believe. Sometimes, you just need a good cheap cup of coffee. In reality, the beans I would like to buy are just too expensive to use all the time. Maybe if my filmmaking career takes off, and I become rich and famous, then I’ll stop drinking coffee that costs less than $50 per pound. Until that day happens, I’ll probably have a tub of Folgers Black Silk next to my coffee pot.
There are times you just have to take what you can get, and that’s okay. I even know people who have said that Folgers Classic Roast is the best coffee they’ve ever had, even after I have brought them a coffee from one of my fancy coffee shops. I may tease them a bit for it, but I will never outright tell them that they are wrong. If you have not figured it out yet, I am very opinionated about my coffee. I’m not opinionated about your coffee. As I said in a previous post, the best coffee is the coffee you like the best. We all have different tastes when it comes to coffee, food, music, politics, really just about anything.
Probably one of the most important things you will ever learn from me is to learn who you are, and be you. I may be a double cappuccino, but that doesn’t mean you have to be. My wife is probably my coffee opposite, in that she is more likely to get a caramel toffee mocha frappe, while I am more likely to get a double dry cappuccino. I guess they are right when they say opposites attract. The thing is, she still likes the occasional sip of my cappuccino, and every now and then I just want a sweet frappe like hers.
So, what’s the point of all this rambling? Really it’s two-fold. First, I just needed to clear my mind a bit, and second I wanted to encourage you to be yourself and do the best with what you have. Maybe you aren’t making as much money as you used to since the economy crashed, and you’ve had to start spending less on your coffee. There is nothing wrong with that. If you just can’t stand the Folgers, or whatever brand you have had to start getting, find a way to make it good. Try sprinkling just a little bit of cinnamon on top of the grounds when you brew your coffee. If you can’t afford coffee creamer, find your local Smart & Final or Cash N Carry, or other similar store, and get a $4 bottle of flavored syrup. It will last a lot longer than the $3 bottle of creamer, and it’s easier to cut out the dairy than the sugar. You can even throw in a splash of milk if you want. This will not only save you some money, it will cut down your calories. And above all, look for the good in every cup of coffee.