Coffee has become an increasing routine for Dani and I. We brew at home every weekday in the morning and sometimes on the weekends too. This was mostly spurred by Dani’s gift to me last year, we participated in Intelligentsia roasting house tour and she arranged for a private At Home Brewing class. Before the class the most elaborate we got was using a french press. By the end of the class we realized we much preferred a pour over method.
The class and tour gave me a better appreciation for coffee and what it can be. I’ve started to follow a few blogs about coffee and sometimes go through Youtube playlists of brewing method videos.
There is an interesting group calling themselves Coffee Common that is gathering at the TED conference this year that is bringing together independent roasters and baristas from around the world to serve and brew excellent coffee at the event. Photo’s from the event here.
Coffee Common brings together world-class baristas and roasters with shared values, to create unique experiences that introduce people to the nuanced joys of exceptional coffee. We believe that great coffee is, at its best, a collaboration of an empowered coffee farmer, an artisan coffee roaster, a dedicated barista, and an enlightened consumer. We believe that great coffee requires study, experimentation, craftsmanship, and humility. These diverse roasters and baristas, who by most definitions would be considered competitors, come together as a community to proselytize the simple truths around coffee. We look forward to pouring you a cup of the most complex and extraordinary beverage in the world.
This is the ethos of what Intelligentsia was preaching during the roasting Tour. What we sip from a cup is more than the end product but the sum of the roaster, world-wide trade, and the farmers. It’s an interesting way to engage a conversation about world commerce by starting with coffee. Plus I love getting a little geeky about brewing devices.