Well, I've gone and done it. Somehow over the course of trying not to be overly fussy about my coffee I went to far the other way. I have been drinking coffee like it was water and losing my sense of what is crap and what is good. January and February are typically extra busy months for my real job so I blame life for this swing to swill.
I think It started over the holidays when I had a cold. I don't take medicine so instead I chug coffee and water. Other than the having to go pee every 10 minutes, it is quite effective. With my sinuses blocked I couldn't taste and I came out of that cold addicted to "coffee on demand". I forgot what good coffee tasted like. I forgot the most important part of what got me so into coffee in the first place. The experience.
I wasn't appreciating the cup. I was chugging caffeine. I feel like I owe it to myself to slowly enjoy the cup and lately, I haven't been doing so.
With this in mind, it's time to get back into tasting more coffees. I have shut down roasting for the Winter. It's too cold in the garage this time of year. Instead, I'm going to restart a coffee subscription. I haven't decided which one yet. All the ones I have done in the past have changed recently. MistoBox has grown and now offers full bags as well as their 4 small samples. Tonx is no more and is instead a Blue Bottle subscription program. Counter Culture has rebranded but still seems to offer amazing coffees. A new entrant is Moustache Coffee Club. I am thinking about giving them a try. We'll see.
As for my newest hobby I mentioned, hand tool woodworking, I'm really enjoying it but haven't done much over the past month. I still haven't lost the excitement over it. I am consuming everything I can get me hands on. It's a really neat community. My business gets back to "normal" after February so I look forward to roasting and creating some wood shavings real soon.