Some people see it as a drug; others like to pretend they understand it. There are, however, very few people who are devoted, intransigent individuals who label themselves ‘coffee lovers’ and understand the deep, emotional validity of a rich cup of Kenyan dark roast.
Postulant coffee lovers consider the cup in their hand more an accessory than a necessity, while at the same time considering themselves orthodox coffee enthusiasts. It is something they can carry while walking down a city street, window shopping, feeling sophisticated, trendy, and artistic. (Instagram has seen its fair share of Starbucks posts). But the sugary filled “coffee” drinks individuals are obsessed with today are dissimilar from the original South American brew. The simple case for caffeine is steeping into a melting pot of inauthentic names and brands claiming to be the original. True authentic coffee isn’t a simple beverage; it’s a passion, a hobby, and part of a lifestyle.
Initially, coffee has its share of health benefits. Although that isn’t the primary reason individuals find solace in its contents, it may serve as motivation to never find a reason to stop (because, in the past, coffee had its share of hate). Filled with nutrients, coffee is one of the few beverages that has more antioxidants than both fruit and vegetables combined. Coffee drinkers are also among the individuals who have a lower risk of some types of cancer, strokes, and other diseases. Aside from disease prevention, it improves one’s overall mood, mental health, and energy levels. It stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which produces the euphoria and pleasant feelings most associate with their first cup in the morning.
Personally, preparing the coffee pot the night before an early morning, knowing the delicious brew awaits, helps ease the pain of rising hours before the rooster. There is something soothingly mechanical about the brewing and blending that is calming and peaceful. It’s no wonder friends meet for coffee, or why coffee is offered at banquets and simple social calls.
Is it simply an idea, then? A concept of something that makes coffee lovers around the world unite because of a similar need?
Maybe. But, maybe not.
The best cups of coffee are not quick, syrupy frappes with mounds of whipped cream and a signature cup. Filtered coffee, the most well known procedure, is a method in which hot water slowly passes over roasted ground coffee contained in a filter. French pressed, another known method, is where coffee is placed in an empty beaker and hot water is added; after about 4 minutes or so, a plunger is pressed in order to separate the grounds from the water. Cold brew, the perfect summer addition, is done by steeping coffee grounds in room temperature water for an extended period. These procedures are among the most richly authentic and deeply satisfying methods to producing the perfect cup of medium (or dark) roast.
Unquestionably, it doesn’t stop with independent forms of coffee making. Cappuccinos, mochas, lattes, Americanos, macchiatos, and espressos are some of the variations added to a simple brew.
Even tracing the origin of the coffee beans—from the continent to the soil from which they grew—plays a crucial part in developing the signature bittersweet taste.
Authentic coffee is its own universe in which the purpose is achieving success through concepts and emotions. There is a classiness, a melancholy love within that has united individuals through the years. Simply stated, the brewing is the art that stems into expectation that explodes into joy when the first sip touches your lips, and then your heart.
There are several types of people in this world; but only one loves coffee for what it truly is. From a personal perspective, coffee is everything: an art, a beverage, a comfort, even a form of therapy. From its aroma, to the differing smoky and sweet tastes, to the light and dark textures, to the realization that conquering the day is possible, coffee remains one of the sweetest pleasures in life. It’s not for everyone. But strong hearts, minds, and spirits embellish coffee culture by making it out to be the romanticized obsession it truly is.
This article was written by McKenna Vietti, a writer for dusk magazine.