Introduction

"Suave molecules of Mocha stir up your blood, without causing excess heat; the organ of thought receives from it a feeling of sympathy; work becomes easier and you will sit down without distress to your principal repast which will restore your body and afford you a calm, delicious night."

— Talleyrand

Coffee is a beverage almost mysterious as its history.

As the stories go, an Ethiopian goat-herder observed his goats chowing down on coffee berries way back in the ninth century. That, or a Sufi mystic caught a bird doing the same approximately four centuries later.

No matter which story you believe, there's no doubt that humans have been enjoying a beverage made from the red berries of the genus Coffeea for hundreds of years. Ethiopians are definitely credited for being the first to recognize the nice caffeine buzz coffee provides.

After that, coffee spread throughout the Arab world, into Europe, and beyond. Nowadays, coffee is a popular beverage and commodity the world over, with millions of tons sold each year. It is a choice drink for waking up, a pick-me-up, and keep-me-up.

Coffee is a beverage of dreams and art and conversation; it's a nerd's delight for being up and hacking all night, and the early morning angler or night watchman's best friend.

This little guide is a personal journal collecting ideas and methods around my own coffee centered routines. I am sharing them here in the hope that they help you to enjoy a fine cup of coffee too.

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