This is a cup of coffee I will never forget.
Not because it was particularly delicious - though, it was a top notch coffee.
And not because I was in London - though, that was exciting and new.
I will always remember this cup of coffee because it was the first good coffee I had had in months and I was so thankful for the experience that @monmouthcoffeecompany gave me at their Borough Market cafe.
I worked in a coffee shop all through college (s/o to the Diversions cafe crew) and spent the autumn after I graduated living in Navarra, Spain for 3 months and exploring other parts of the country. After those 3 months, I made my way through Portugal and into Morocco. At that time, I wasn't really *in* the coffee industry and specialty coffee hadn't really taken off in Spain or Portugal, so I spent my months drinking thick, dark roasted cafe solos and cortaditos in all the side street cafes and bars. In Morocco, it was all about the (very sugary) mint tea. So, when I arrived in London, one of my first stops was to Monmouth Coffee for a good cup of coffee. They did not disappoint.
I remember having a moment of such gratitude as I walked across the London Bridge, thick morning fog slowly consuming the river, and realizing how great life can be. Even though I was broke as shit and didn't have any plan upon my return to the US 1 week later.
Who knew that 2.5 years later, I'd be visiting coffee farms in the exact region where this coffee I was drinking is grown. But that's a whole other story.
#baristanomad #neverstoplearning - 1 month ago