Craft Coffee Changed My Life

August 02, 2018

Craft Coffee Changed My Life

Hello. My name is Jill.

I’ve never told anyone this, but coffee changed my life.

Some people would say I’m crazy – how can something like a simple cup of coffee do anything more than wake you up in the morning?

It’s true, though. Until recently, I was in a pretty bad place.

For one thing, I had no money. My part-time job paid terribly. All I could do was get a few bills out of the way. And I could barely do that!

I didn’t even have a friend or two I could call up. It was definitely lonely, especially at the end of a long day. I’d grab a bowl of popcorn, sit my butt in front of the television, and binge on a few Netflix originals. Sometimes I was up so late, I barely got any sleep before I had to head to work.

One day, I got the urge to walk in the craft coffee shop that's in my neighborhood. I had quit coffee a few years ago having grown tired of the burnt and bitter taste that my counter top pot made. I gazed over the menu board and decided to try a pourover. I figured what the heck, I've heard of these....might as well give it a try.

If I’m honest, it was overwhelming. So many things to choose from Aeropress, Chemex, even something called a Walküre. I was surprised at all of the manual devices that I found in the shop, along with specialty roast beans. I guess I never knew anything beyond my electric drip pot and the cheap bag roast from my grocery store.

I took my mug, added a splash of cream, and plopped down at a high counter workspace.  I took a sip after it cooled and was amazed at the citrus and almost nutty coffee taste.  This was nothing like my auto-dripper days. 

Feeling perky, the day seemed a bit brighter. After plowing through some revisions I had been putting off I glanced across the shop and that’s when I saw him. There he was, sitting at a table, typing away on his laptop. Feeling brave, I walked up and asked him if he had a favorite brewed coffee.

He smiled, pointed right at the menu on the chalkboard, and said “I love the Peruvian Chemex.”

One thing lead to another, and I had a best friend. Somebody to call, hang out with, and enjoy coffee with.

I even managed to find a pretty awesome new job.

I tell you, coffee changed my life.

What has it done for you?




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