The coffee-passionated and incredibly talented Kate Gilmore writes about the fascinating world of coffee and how intimidating it really is. Excellent piece of writing and my exact feelings towards coffee!
I can’t emphasize enough how intimidating coffee is. I risk redundancy by mentioning this again partially for the selfish reason that it helps to gives me a little calming perspective when I sigh the mantra with determination in coffee situations that feel out of my league, “I will never know everything about coffee.” This is a magically complex product with more history than some countries are old, endless potential for refinement and development, and hosts ever-more-talented professionals who also started their careers from scratch. Knowing that frees me up quite a bit to feel excited about my slowly developing role in that. I also reemphasize that coffee is intimidating in hopes that it serves as a humbling reminder to those coffee-jerks who tend to make you feel small for not knowing everything, and who never noticed the approachable culture of coffee comradery that has taken shape in our industry.
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