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Great Coffee is 80% All About The Grind
I can’t say this enough. I’ll be repeating this mantra over and over, until you say it to yourself in your sleep.
Everyone seems to skip over this. It’s amazing to me how many hundreds and thousands of dollars that consumers will pay for the latest and greatest equipment, and then neglect to use fresh and properly ground coffee.
Look, it’s all about priorities and timing.
- If it’s a hectic Monday morning, and you’re already late for work, then sure… make yourself a quick instant or pod coffee.
- If you have the time to really savor an elevated beverage. Like an extravagant, Italian-cafe style delicacy, then take your time and grind your beans yourself.
Don’t strive for perfection, focus on the 80/20
If you’re just starting out, and you want to get really good at this home barista lifestyle, it’s going to take hours of research, trial and error. But don’t worry! It’s not that bad. You’ll get to enjoy the fruits of your labor the whole way through.
What really kept me excited and motivated was getting the ‘big wins’ early on. That first sip of my very first homemade latte. That look on my husbands face when I presented him with his ideal version of a cafe mocha, complete with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
Sure there were some ruined batches and minor spills along the way. I won’t lie to you and say that the path to mastery does not have its hurdles and frustrations. But let me tell you, standing here on the other side, it is so worth it. I don’t know anyone else in my social group who has these elite barista level skills, and I love how excited all of our houseguests are to get my latest espresso creation straight from the source.
Best Of Series
- “Cheap” Espresso Machines – Low budget yet solid choices
- Under 500 Dollars – One Step up
- Commercial Espresso Machines – Full restaurant setups, at home
- Other Coffee Makers
Please make sure to take it slow and be easy on yourself. Bookmark this page and return often, but don’t get too bogged down in the hours and hours of reading. There is a lot of information to take in here at once, and if you get overwhelmed you might sabotage your chances of ever being a master artisan.
True artists know that the path of mastery itself is the goal. What does this mean? It means that if we keep thinking about the end, we’ll never get there. We need to learn to love the day-to-day practice. Live in the moment. Don’t forget to breathe. Take a minute to enjoy your life, as it is right now. And always remember to drink good coffee.
It’s all about the grind
We’ve come full circle now, and these same words can be applied to the journey of your life. Learning how to make great coffee enriched me as a person in ways that I cannot even begin to name. What I first thought was just a silly hobby became a burning passion, that boosted my overall love for life. I hope that the same will happen to you.