This post is brought to you by waking up early to write, running one minute longer and Tinker Coffee, who provided the coffee, mug and inspiration for this post.
If you’ve ever spoken to me before noon, you know that I love coffee. My roommates share that sentiment, and there’s a corner of our kitchen devoted to our various coffee-storing, -grinding and -brewing devices. The noises you’re most likely to hear in the morning are the sounds of a moka pot sputtering on the stove and a kettle shrilling that it’s ready to make pour-over or French press.
Despite all of our coffee love and all of the experimentation that goes with it, I tend to stick to one quick way of brewing, and I make myself a cup of pour-over in the morning (French press on the weekends). I buy good coffee, and I take my time making it, and it always tastes good. But when I was talking to Steve from Tinker Coffee about the coffee brewing guides they just released, I started to get the inkling that it could be better.
I decided to give the fancy method a go with my French press, so I unearthed our dusty kitchen scale and got hands-on with Tinker’s Ethiopian Yirgacheffe blend. I took my time smelling the beans (you really can detect the melon note–it’s weird and delicious), precisely measuring the right amount to grind and even keeping my French press on the scale as I added the right amount of water. I timed everything as instructed, and then I sat down to enjoy my coffee in a cute little mug.
And lo, it was much, much better than my usual cup of coffee.
Full-bodied, smooth and complex in a way that made me slow down and form an opinion about all the notes coming together in one mug. I savored every single sip, and when my French press was empty, I was tempted to make another one right away.
We can credit some of this to the quality of the beans, of course: they had been roasted two days before and shipped immediately my way, so they were still bursting with flavor. But after making more and more cups of this blend in different ways, it’s obvious to me that the care and attention that went into brewing it made a huge difference. A few extra minutes produced something worth savoring slowly and took an everyday routine–waking up and enjoying a cup of coffee–to the next level of my perfect morning.
Spending a little extra time to get an exponentially better result: how many other parts of our lives would this benefit?
- Going for a run and pushing yourself to keep moving for just one extra minute–and suddenly, you can run a 10k.
- Writing and mailing a birthday card instead of sending a text, to make someone’s day really special.
- Giving that report an extra once-over to make sure everything, from content to formatting, will wow the reader.
- Using your digital camera instead of your phone to practice that photography hobby you keep saying you want to improve.
- Waking up early to write your novel, work on your portfolio, reflect in a journal or cultivate a new hobby.
Hurrying to get things done is an easy default setting, but done fast and done right aren’t always the same thing. So my challenge to myself, and to you, before this three-day weekend is to slow down. To take the extra step in parts of life where you don’t receive a performance evaluation: your hobbies, your pleasures, and your relationships with others and yourself. Spend an extra few minutes on the phone with your mom, or go buy stamps to send a handwritten thank you note. Break out the kitchen scale and brew yourself some incredible coffee. Make homemade bread. Spend a few extra minutes, and see where they lead you.
What’s one part of your life where a few extra minutes would make a big difference? And just for fun, what’s your favorite way to brew coffee?
To brew your own better coffee at home, don’t forget to check out Tinker Coffee’s brewing guides and the beans they offer from around the world, all roasted here in the Midwest. I’m already thinking about what to try next…and for now, I’m off to the kitchen to make another French press.
P.S. If the warm weather has you craving iced coffee, check out my recipe for a small batch of cold-brewed coffee.