Today is National Aviation Day, established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday to promote interest in aviation. We turned to our Co-founder and pilot, Ben, if he had anything to say.
There is one thing that is indispensable for parents of young children and that is a healthy coffee habit. And it’s not just the need for caffeine, though that is not unimportant. For me, drinking coffee is about those few minutes each day when I get to relish in those familiar and repetitive motions of making it, the smell and the taste of it, the way it brightens my mood no matter how much sleep I’ve had or how much I will have to do that day.
I was working with twelve students, a mixture of sophomores, juniors, and seniors, who had only ever had—according to them—forgettable experiences with coffee. We started slow. Folgers and a coffee pot. The next day I showed them a French Press. Then a Melitta one-cup brewer. Then a V60. Then a Chemex. Our explorations with brewing devices paralleled the depths we descended to better understand the production of quality coffee.
We invited Holly, our friend and author of the popular food blog Feast or Fallow, to give us her perspective on coffee. Sometimes we overcomplicate it, so here's a welcome reminder that the thing that seems simple and even humdrum is often the difference between good and great--in food and in coffee.
My story today begins at a casual cupping - my first one, to be exact. New baristas were becoming acquainted with the coffees CREMA offered at the time - discussing fragrance, aroma, flavor, body and acidity…just to name a few things. The intention was not for us to be intimidated, but true-to-form, I placed a great deal of pressure on myself right off the bat...