Lately, I’ve been drawing back on my coffee drinking and ejoying the Aeropress (frequently abbreviated here as AP). (And maybe I need an abbreviateions page?). I’ve found no difference in relative alertness or morning energy between my 16 oz of AP brewed coffee as compared to the larger volume consumed from the FP or Chemex. Also, the fun of learning a new brewing device is always worth it.
It hit me this morning that since I’ve been homeroasting, I’ve really taken the reigns on what I drink. I control the entire roast processes as well as the brew, instead of just the brew as most folks do. I know when my coffee was roasted. I know how it was roasted, where and by whom. It’s a sort of coffee-sovereignty. This idea led me to another, which was a seed planted by another blog. As we enter another garden season, we are becoming more and more “locavores“. Sure, there are things we buy that aren’t local, but frequently, they’re raw materials, like wheat, oats, or other grains. The vast majority of our meat is sourced from the farmer’s market. And once production starts around here, what we don’t grow will be acquired via the same source.
A recent event crystalized the idea of food sovereignty in my mind. Upon the death of a church member, the church family, as is custom, provided a meal. The difference here was that a good portion of the family had food issues: wheat or corn allergies. When you are simply a consumer, you eat what you’re given. The road we’ve taken enabled my wonderful wife to fairly easily whip up some brownies and maybe some bread, that suited the needs of the family. When you live in a small town, the ability to find prepared foods for special needs is almost impossible. When you make your own, you dictate the terms instead of having them dictated to you.
All this started from the idea that I could have the freshest coffee possible by roasting at home. The idea, even while floating about my brain seemed a bit absurd. But, now, about 7 years in, it’s second nature. And it’s ignited changes to the rest of our diet as well.
Enjoy the coffee.
Solo Deo Gloria,