Bad Coffee Makes Me Sad
It’s no secret that I love coffee. Over the past couple of years my relationship with coffee has gone to a whole new level. We used to be just friends who would meet every once in a while and only when I was really tired. Also, I never really let coffee be itself around me. I always forced it to take on different appearances and flavors. I never allowed it to be who it really was. It was a very selfish relationship.
Things have changed now. I’ve repented of my ways and really feel like coffee and I have gotten to a level of our relationship that we can both be proud of.
Coffee represents something much stronger to me than flavor.
Even now as I write this I’m staring a 5lb bag of coffee that the coffee club I helped start (Raleigh Coffee Club) purchased for an organization that works with the homeless and at-risk population here in Raleigh (Love Wins). That’s the sort of thing coffee represents for me. Something much greater than a hot cup of black liquid.
It represents community. It represents hard work. It represents friendships. It represents love.
Every time I brew coffee at home, which takes me longer than most people, I’m not just trying to get caffeine in me…I’m participating in an act that not only supports people I care about, but supports employees and farmers I’ve never met, but because they are human I care about them.
It represents to local roasters that I’ve created such good friendships with. It represents the passion they have for their product.
That’s why bad coffee makes me sad.
Because I know how good it can be. And I don’t mean bad just on the basis of flavor and taste, which I’ve had my fair share of, but also bad in the sense of where it comes from and how the workers are treated where it’s roasted and farmed. When you drink “bad” coffee you are supporting that.
And I say without shame, what you buy, eat, drink and do shows what you support.
You can’t say you care about people and serve bad coffee. And again, I don’t just mean by flavor, because that is incredibly subjective…but having coffee that tastes good isn’t a bad idea either.
Don’t take this as a guilt trip, because I, by no means, buy every single thing that supports the right things…but I am making an effort.
Drink good coffee. Good tasting. Good supporting. Good.