I am really pleased to be so close to tasting the nectar that comes from the fruit of my plant. I get a real sense of pride from the whole process. I am sure people have "grown their own" before, but in my 12 years in the biz, I haven't heard of it happening. I have been a reluctant coffee fanatic for years. I have enjoyed drinking coffee since first discovering the flavors hidden in the whole bean coffee I would buy and grind in the 1980's. My journey as a coffee professional has covered many areas. From roasting on a little drum roaster, to making fancy espresso based beverages, to proudly selling what I believe to be the greatest beverage in the world.
It is time for my Quest for Coffee to change. While I have always felt it is a bit egotistical to think the average person want to read what I have to say, I must thank the Internet age for making it free to find out. Look for new posts and pictures, and more personal opinions in my Quest. I hope my writing comes across with humility and insight. I hope my genuine passion comes through with a laser focus. I hope that someone who reads this goes away thinking just a little bit differently about something they love, even if it is not coffee.