The Art of Coffee Mug Selection

| 2/8/2012 9:21:04 AM

By Cam Mather

First off, let’s dispense with the mandatory admission of guilt. Yes, I shouldn’t be drinking coffee. It is very bad. It travels long distances and farmers who grow it are often exploited. This said, I love coffee and still drink it. Michelle and I have found a very nice Organic Mexican Shade Grown blend that our daughter Nicole introduced us to from, yes, the evil empire, Starbucks. As I have said in previous blogs I did in fact cheer on the people throwing chairs through Starbucks windows during the G8 Summit – Battle of Seattle, so many years ago. But since they seem to have tried to clean up their act, and their awesome, cheery baristas happily provide me with thousands (yes, I’m into the thousands now) of pounds of coffee grounds for my blueberry plants, for free, I’ve become a huge Starbucks fan.

I have one cup of coffee a day. While I like to pretend that I am a junkie with a heroin-like addiction to this evil beverage, it’s just something I like to have first thing in the morning. I don’t like it at any other time of the day. There’s been the odd evening that we’ve been driving home from Kingston with a trunk full of coffee grounds (smelling insanely great!) and I’ve succumbed to temptation only to be completely disappointed by how much I don’t enjoy drinking coffee at night. In my world, it simply should NEVER be consumed at night.

About four times a year I make a grand announcement that I am giving up coffee. Within a few days I’m dragged back by that wonderful aroma, kind of like Michael Corleone being dragged back to the mobster life after trying to make his business legitimate in the movie “The Godfather.” It’s like the mafia, but with a caffeinated beverage!

In lockstep with my obsessive-compulsive preferences of the timing of my one cup of coffee a day, comes perhaps something even more important than the actual blend of coffee - the mug in which it is consumed. I believe my manic attachment to the mug choice makes me about one step away from mental institutionalization, and yet when I see how much attention is paid to disposable cups by the coffee behemoths, I may not be that far off the mark.

kito ecua
2/12/2012 1:15:14 PM

depending on the coffee, you shouldn't feel badly about drinking it. there are many coffee roasters that develop personal relationships with the growers and pay them well above market value sure to the high quality of their beans. some of these roasters include Counter Culture, Gimme Coffee, Stumptown, and Intelligentsia. once you taste the quality of their brands you will realize how much you've been depriving your mugs of fine Java !

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