Coffee and Food Habits

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,



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12 Responses to Coffee and Food Habits

  1. javajeb says:

    Good story! Thanks for sharing, even if it was about tea. It goes to show how nasty coffee oils can be, and how important it is to keep things clean.

  2. Gerald says:

    Yes. I’m now wondering how those oils are affecting my daily brew. Because of that I am no longer using those thermoses until I can get a stronger cleanser.

  3. Gerald Says:

    February 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm
    Yes. I’m now wondering how those oils are affecting my daily brew. Because of that I am no longer using those thermoses until I can get a stronger cleanser.

    I used to work for starbucks and we used urnex. before we used other products, and this one is the best so far. they have different types of cleaner as far as pill form, powder form, and i think liquid too. but check it out.

  4. richelleirish says:

    I like your site! I also have a coffee blog!

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