Passing the Threshold
Nothing is more upsetting than making a cup of hot coffee in the morning, getting distracted by something (for me it is usually getting Cheerios for my daughter and then cleaning up those same Cheerios off the ground 5 minutes later because things got a little too exciting on PJ Mask) and then returning to your cup only to find that your coffee has now PASSED THE THRESHOLD.
What I mean by “Passing the Threshold” is that exact point where your coffee goes from being a delicious drink to tepid swamp water. It is so frustrating because it all happens so fast. And I know what you’re thinking, “Jimbo, just throw that cup in the microwave, it’ll be the same.” And just so you know, I have done this and probably will again at some point, but we all know it’s not the same. It’s about the same as microwaving 2 day old Red Barron pizza, be advised do not do that. But, if you are cool with some microwaved coffee, do it, drink your coffee how you want to and enjoy it. That is what it’s all about. But, there is some hope out there for a few great coffees that survive and even thrive past their life expectancy after brewing.
This week I have been lucky enough to make some coffee that has been really good the whole time. I promise this isn’t a plug for you to buy our coffee or me boasting in my roasting abilities, but I just wanted to point out that this is something you can look for in any coffee you make or buy. If you’re like me and go to a local shop to buy some coffee, you are going to drink the whole thing because you probably spent good money on it. If that coffee tastes good to the last semi-hot/semi-cold drop, remember it. Ask the barista about it because when that happens you have found a good roaster and probably more accurate a really good coffee bean. I passed that threshold this morning and I kept drinking and still really enjoyed the cup. I am for sure no expert in roasting and I know that it was the coffee that shined and brought a good taste.
Most of the time, coffee loses its flavor passed that threshold, but sometimes it gains a different and delicious flavor you can still enjoy. When this happens, enjoy it. Go back and see if it’s the same another time, keep looking for that awesome cup of coffee!
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