In my last post, I talked about the wonders of Skillshare. In my next post, you’ll find out that I am just as passionate about learning life skills as I am about core subjects. So what better way than to tie the two together than to review a class about one of my all time favorite subjects: coffee.
Now I wouldn’t consider myself to be coffee obsessed (though it’s a near miss). However, I definitely don’t feel human in the morning until I’ve had a cup (or 3). So when I stumbled upon the course From Plant to Cup: Brew an Amazing Cup of Coffee, it was love at first sight. The course is taught by Michael Phillips, the Director of Training at Blue Bottle Coffee. It’s 59 minutes long, but by the third video, I hardly even noticed the time. Phillips’ passion for coffee and experience with it shines through clearly. It’s even a little cute how much he nerds over it. Get this: my favorite quote is when he talks about owning a refractometer, and he says it’s “for people who want to have a little too much fun.”
My only issue with the course is that he dives right into the weeds, and starts off with “coffee theory”. He throws out concepts like “total dissolved solids” and “percentage of extraction”. I’m not saying there weren’t some gold nuggets there, but you have to dig for them.
Then he gets down to the good stuff: how to choose your coffee, and how to brew it. He breaks that down into steps, going over each ingredient and tool. After that, he takes you through the exact process of brewing. Long story short, he uses the chemex method, but there is SO MUCH MORE to it than that. I dare you to watch this course without craving coffee.
What I Learned
Right now, I have to be at work by 7:30am, and I am NOT a morning person. So I have a Keurig, and I’m pretty okay with that. But think about it: how trendy is the Korean 10 step skin care? People say that it’s practically meditative. Well, I say why not meditate with coffee. The instant gratification of a coffee maker is great, but how much more will you appreciate your cuppa when you really understand what went into it? Maybe I’m just overthinking it, but I tell you what: if I ever have the right schedule coffee meditation sounds pretty sweet to me.