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“It’s personal.”

“Coffee is a very individual thing”

Some like it piping hot, some like it warm, sound like it strong, some like it bitter, some like it’s sweet, some like it spicy, some like it smooth (try Cosa Nostra’s Smooth Operator). With or without milk and sugar,  I could go on and on. 

Just having a look at the coffee flavour wheel itself shows you the magnitude of different tastes and undertones in Coffee alone.

This variety comes from all the  plants, producing different beans in different climates and locations around the globe. Then there’s ‘Single origin’ coffee, from one location on the map or you can buy “blends” which incorporate beans from multiple farms. It’s easy to assume the Italians produce the best coffee. They certainly have a reputation for coffee indulgence on a grand scale. Whilst I can’t deny the fact they are the highest and arguably the best quality consumers of coffee which has long been like a family member in their homes. Some of the best quality coffee beans aren’t farmed in Italy but come from countries such as South America and Africa. 

Many people the world over are reliant on coffee to get the day started. Sometimes their cognitive, social and even their morning bowel movements are dependent on their morning cup of Joe. 

So coffee plays a vital role in society.  

It may seem hard to fathom, but there are people out there who profess to not like coffee at all. Whilst I feel deeply distressed for such deprived souls it’s not in my capabilities to save the world. 

There are so many ways to make your coffee, with many styles and techniques and loads of gadgets and equipment.  

(But we will leave this for the next article.)