So, today was a super busy day, and I neglected to get something written ahead of time. Suddenly it’s past bedtime and I suddenly realize “oh crap, I never updated the blog today!” I can’t let myself get away with that. I’ve been down that off-and-on blogging road before, and I know where it leads. No, I must write something, so rather than share the story of last night’s cupping practice or attempt to talk about one of the coffee’s I picked up at Oceana Coffee Roasters earlier this week, I’m going to share a little news and direction for the blog.
In less than 20 minutes… Ok, go!
The first few weeks
Has it really been three weeks already since I got this place cranked up? It’s hard to believe, but exciting as well. I’ve only just begun to share my love of coffee, and with my goals of roasting and cupping every week, on top of the endless world of specialty coffee that I’m dying to taste, I won’t run out of content any time soon.
These first few weeks have been fun. I enjoy sharing stories of what I’m drinking at the moment, and I hope to offer better reviews once I become more adept at cupping and describing the quality of each coffee I taste. Sharing photos is always fun, and if you’re not following my on Instagram yet, I invite you to check it out. I hope that my weekly reports from amateur cupping practice don’t bore you, because I know that writing about the experience will only help me become better.
Roasting is huge, and recording the details of my roasting practice in this space is key. In fact, tracking my roasts was one of the main reasons I started my previous blog, and if I hadn’t jumbled it up with too many other hobbies, well… I’m happy where I am now, so that’s good. Tuesday night’s roast turned out horrible when cupped, and you’ll hear more about that tomorrow when I have more time to write.
The next few weeks
September is almost over, and the family and I are off in early October for a short vacation, the first since my son was born. It’s a break we’ve all been looking forward to, though sadly I won’t be traveling anywhere with specialty coffee shops along the way. I plan to get some writing done ahead of time so that I don’t spend vacation on the internet, so I’ve been thinking about what to share, keeping in mind that I’ll have to take a week off from roasting and cupping.
I’d like to share my coffee history. It’s a topic I attempted to wrap up on the old blog, but I crammed too much into a single post and left a lot of good stuff out. This time I’m going to break it into three phases, as I think my story follows three distinct aspects of an interest in coffee. First is “consumer”, where I was just drinking coffee, primarily lattes, primarily sweet, flavored lattes, and yelping my way around Seattle, among other places. Then came “enthusiast”, where I started to appreciate single origin, pour-over coffee, and discovered the world of specialty coffee beyond the espresso machine. Finally, the phase I’m in now, I like to call “advocate”, since I’m not in a place where I enjoy teaching others about coffee, and strive to make better coffee at home every day.
With luck, and a bit of planning, you should be able to enjoy this three part story next Wednesday through Friday. Beyond that, I have to drill down on my roasting skills, after the disappointing (yet educational) dark roast from two nights ago, so expect a weekly roast report every Wednesday, followed by a cupping report on Thursday. I have countless favorite coffee shops to share, and I intend to do so one by one, and eventually I’ll offer more honest observations on the coffee I drink each week.
Now for your input
My 20 minutes is almost up, so I’d just like to throw out a few questions to you, dear reader. What have you liked or not liked about the blog so far? Is there any particular subject you’d like to see more of? Do you have suggestions for something I haven’t touched on at all, or coffee-related questions you want answered in a public space? I’m no expert, but I’d enjoy the chance to research and answer any crazy coffee questions that come my way!
Now my 20 minutes is definitely over, time to wrap up, and I promise I’ll do better tomorrow, with a report of my third cupping practice.