While making my pot of coffee this morning I chuckled a bit. Scoop after scoop I was making my coffee just the way I love it. DARK. I even set my brew quality to STRONG. I love my coffee with a rich bold flavor, just the way Starbucks makes their regular blend. Matter of fact, we buy our coffee (extra bold) from Starbucks and/or World Market just to get it the way we like it.
7 years ago, though, my opinions were way different. If you would have given me a cup of rich bold flavored coffee, I would have curled my lips and thought it tasted burnt. That 7 some years ago, I was just entering into a business lease in downtown Rochester, MI. My office happened to be right across the street from America’s favorite coffee house, Starbucks.
For a while, I brewed my own coffee in the office, but soon found myself and my team venturing over to the coffee shop to grab a drink and chat about the day. Because we were going every day, I went for the regular coffee for $1.29. Each day I curled my lips as I took a sip of my cup. But each day and every sip, I began to acquire a taste for this burnt tasting drink, and after a week or so, on a weekend at home, Amy made her normal pot of coffee in the morning. It was the way we had always made it, but on my first sip…I curled my lips. It tasted like brown water.
Today, I think the word for the day is change. While sipping on my morning cup thinking about how my opinion on coffee had changed, I opened my computer to see Dr. Brad Semp’s blog on effective change management. Sometimes, change is pretty easy; you try something for the first time, and you immediately realize what you’ve had hasn’t nearly been as great as what you’ve just tried.
Sometimes change can be hard, and it takes a couple times before you realize you like it. I can personally relate that to certain songs I hear, or styles I see. I don’t always agree with it at first, but after time it grows on me. Change can be a tough thing, but it will always be a thing. How we dress, talk, listen, do business..or drink coffee, Change, whether easy or hard, can lead to some pretty tasty moments.
well said Dave, you touched on a sweet spot for me coffee and tied it in very well. I myself almost always never order coffee at a restaurant or place other than Starbucks or my home French Press/Stovetop Espresso makes. When i was young Hazelnut Roast ruled and thought it was the best thing ever and didnt understand how people drank “mud” like i do now. But it is interesting how things change. Coffee, religion views, world views ect…
but for now i will go enjoy a super bold/strong cup of coffee/espresso and think about it.
I love my french press too! Probably the smoothest dark coffee you can drink.
Well said. I hated the iphone…until I bought one. I refused to go fishing…until I caught a big fish. I’m still holding out on Facebook. Think I have any chance?
Using it, and spending all your time on it are two different things. You’re just missing out on a great way to communicate and gain info on areas of interest. Plus, it’s kind of funny when your wife tags her name on a photo of you that’s been posted (since you’re not on). Eventually, you’ll just run into someone who looks at you and says….”Oh, so you’re Kelli who caught the 5lb Bass!”
I like what you said about change. As you know I stick with what I know…some might call it a rut. I heard Zig Ziglar call a rut “a coffin with the ends kicked out.” Ouch! I think I keep to what I know for the comfort factor and perhaps fear of the unknown. As a reminder I have a quote on my wall from the character “Col” in Lonesome Dove (my favorite epic tv mini-series) it says “I learned in my years of rangering that things that seem impossible often weren’t. They only become so if one thought about them too much so that fear took over.” I think what you and Doodle have done with the move to FL is rather profound and as bold as your bold coffee. Proud of you.