December 20, 2023

Season 1, Episode 14: Beyond the Rules: Finding Joy in Imperfect Coffee Amidst Life's Hustle

By Oaks The Coffee Guy
Episode Summary: 
In this candid podcast, I provide updates on refining my coffee bag packaging and plans to sell sample bags on Amazon soon. I discuss tasting notes from some current coffee roasts and my eagerness to revisit a Honduras bean with a finer roast profile I think will better bring out its flavor. I admit to being busy juggling parenting duties in my wife’s absence which led to letting some cleaning slide. This failure to accomplish my routine to-do list surprised me with its liberating effect. I urge listeners not to get so caught up in the constructed perfectionism of coffee rituals that we lose sight of simply enjoying the drink.

Through anecdotes of overwhelmed times, I gently challenge the illusion that strictly adhering to specifics like optimal temperature, grind size, brew time etc. defines a ruined or perfect cup. I suggest instead finding some core methods that work to efficiently produce a decent coffee amid life’s hustle without fussing over marginal gains. My goal is to solve and conquer the creation of both simplified and incredibly detailed recipes for the range of coffee drinker habits and interests. But I argue even professionals can benefit from pulling back at times to avoid spiraling fixation and appreciate that individual preferences hold more power than universal rules for what creates an ultimately satisfying cup.

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