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Making Coffee, Appreciating the Pause

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Eric Stoller loves making coffee

One of my favorite times of the day is when I go into the kitchen to make coffee. I associate a lot of different memories with coffee. My Grandpa Clyde used to drink an entire thermos of it on a daily basis. Coffee was part of a ritual. When I make coffee, I enjoy the process of making it as much as I enjoy the actual beverage. Measuring out just the right amount of beans into the hopper of my burr grinder, filling up the hot water kettle, prepping the French press, putting sugar and milk into my 20 ounce coffee mug…these are all parts of a break in my day where I get to reflect on what I’ve done pre-coffee and what I plan on doing after things have brewed and the timer beeps that the moment is complete. It’s a meditative, reflective experience. Looking out the window in the kitchen and letting my mind pause. These are the moments in the day that create space for creativity, stress reduction, and an enhanced clarity of thought. Making coffee. Sure, I love the bump that I get from the caffeine…the warmth that it conveys…but most of all, I love making coffee because it makes me take a pause. I appreciate those pauses.

Written by Eric Stoller

January 25th, 2013 at 8:03 am

  • http://twitter.com/peacox Paul Cox

    Completely agree Eric. The aroma, the anticipation, the gentle reminder that some of the best things just take time. Drink it in health and happiness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/annettemartel Annette Martel

    It is a wonderful, simple ritual. The photo conveys a lot.

  • http://twitter.com/jcufaude Jeffrey Cufaude

    Right there with you. I wouldn’t trade the morning French press ritual for anything. I have a Nespresso machine for lattes and every once in awhile use it for quick cup when I don’t want to make a pot. Just hitting one button never feels as rewarding.

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