Around ten years ago to the day, I began a life changing relationship.
My relationship with coffee, and I must admit at first it was definitely an 'open' relationship. When I began I was 16, fresh out of high school & in my mind coffee was that jar of dark, clumpy granules shoved in the back of my mums cupboard at home. Nothing special, just boiling water and a splash of milk and presto, coffee. A dark bitterness I didn't enjoy at all, so it's safe to say not a positive outlook to begin with.
My first experience working with coffee started at an independent ice cream parlour on the outskirts of Greater Manchester, it was here I had my first hands on experience. Now although, my mentor at the time wasn't oozing with knowledge, his attitude and passion towards the beverage opened my eyes towards this golden cup of soul warming goodness.
The weeks went by but there was hardly any call for the coffee machine, but I wanted to learn, I thirsted for knowledge. Surely there's more to this than grind, tamp, steam & pour?
So I headed to my local library and checked out The Art & Craft of Coffee by Kevin Sinnot, and it blew my entire perspective of coffee out of the water. I had no idea at the time, but this was a rabbit hole I'd be following for the rest of my life.
Everything from Botanical classifications, characteristics, and flavour profile to brew ratios, home brewing and roasting. This is an art form. There's a science behind it, it more like alchemy.
Ten years and one major obsession later, here I am.
I still have so much to learn, so many people in the industry to meet. And I'm constantly looking to improve my craft.
I hope you enjoy my feed, and here's my first question to you.
Where in the world does your favourite coffee grow? #caffeinatedmanc
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