Coffee Snobbery 101

This week’s comic is about coffee and how I love it. I still don’t drink it every day, and here’s why: It still amps me up like a kilo of coke. And I love that. I use it as a tool. When I need it, it’s there, and it works. See, if I drink it all the time, I’ll get used to it, and then not only won’t it give me a boost when I need one, I’ll become dependent on it, and it will actually start to act as a negative.

But onto enjoyability. Man, good coffee, it’s the best. And there really is such a difference. It’s like beer or spirits. A quality microbrew is better than Coors Light, and a nice single malt will beat something that comes out of a plastic jug—and fresh brewed coffee from an amazing roaster will be tastier than something from a mega chain like Starbucks. This shouldn’t even be an argument. It’s just stating fact. And yes, you can have your opinions in terms of what you enjoy, but you can also enjoy something that is “worse,” especially if you grow accustomed to it or haven’t experienced something “better.”

At home, I use a french press even though I know the slow drip Chemex thing is the hot brew method now. It just takes too much effort. I’d rather set it and forget it. On the road, I’ll go drip or cappuccino. I tried the espresso thing since I know that’s supposed to be the ultimate way to taste good coffee but I just don’t enjoy it. Really, I’ve tried. Just too bitter for me. And I like to have something to drink, not just a teeny tiny cup.

So yeah, call me a snob. A snoot. Whatever. I likes me some fancy pants expensive coffee. So sue me.

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5 responses to “Coffee Snobbery 101

  1. It’s ok, there’s nothing snobby about appreciating quality and coffee is one of the few things in life that you afford to really enjoy without having to spend heaps of cash.

    You might want to give a Bialetti a go for stove top coffee, or try and find a Bialetti Mukka which does a stove top espresso, but warms milk as well.

    Personally I have a beat up old Atomic and I’d recommend it to anyone. Nothing snobby about it, I’ve taken it everywhere, the thing is indestructable. They’re abit retro, but tough.
    You can occasionally find cheap ones on eBay etc.
    check them out: Brevetti Robbiati Atomic

    • That’s a pretty cool little gizmo there. Neat look to it. Is it easy to use?

      • dead easy, there’s a few instructional videos on Youtube. The only thing I’d recommend is getting a milk thermometer so when you’re frothing milk you don’t boil it. other than that it’s easy. might take two or three times to get the hang of it then it just becomes second nature.

  2. Of possible interest: A look at coffee snobbery from the other side of the counter.

    • Interesting. I think the east coast in general is way behind the west coast in terms of the good coffee movement. We are definitely catching up – at least I can say NYC is, although I was recently in Vancouver and they seem pretty hardcore about their coffee over there. I think for such a major city, the amount of decent coffee shops in NYC is surprisingly small.

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