That magic substance that seems to make my world go around. I probably spend far too much time thinking about the stuff, but I do rather like it, and as it brings me joy, it’s therefore something I’m going to hang on to. If you follow my instagram, you’ll see that coffee makes up quite a large part of my day, and it turned out it was taking up quite a lot of my kitchen (and house!) too.
I had bags and bags of blends, bottles of unfinished syrups, leaky travel cups, and a cupboard so full of mugs that the door didn’t shut, but rather hung open revealing it’s messy inner contents to anyone passing by. I had a few cafetieres, a filter coffee machine and a pod brewer. The problem with having so much of everything is that there is just no way of using it all, meaning it goes to waste. Then, despite the coffee being something I love, sitting on a shelf unused and unloved made it little more than clutter, and therefore something to remove from my life.
On close inspection, nearly all of the coffee was way out of date and stale. The syrups were flavours I didn’t really like anyway and so weren’t going to use. Various brewers were just gathering dust, and I hadn’t used the mugs at the back of the cupboard for months. I grabbed a bag and I cleared. Anything out of date was to go, unloved syrups poured away and their bottles recycled. Mugs and travel cups to the charity shop, and finally a little bit of coffee-related calm appeared.
My current setup has been stripped back to basics and I feel that I have found beauty in the simplicity of it all.
In removing the endless choice and clutter, I’ve developed a routine that makes starting my day pleasant and calm. I buy one bag of local coffee beans at a time, grind them in my machine and then brew in a french press. Having one bag at a time saves waste, and I love that I’m supporting local businesses with my daily habit. Grinding your own beans each day means the coffee is fresher and tastier, and lasts longer as you only make what you need. I’ve replaced 5 or so plastic rarely used travel mugs with one rather attractive KeepCup – it’s universally sized so you can take it into most cafes in place of a paper cup, which is a nice way of keeping waste down.
I still enjoy a syrupy cup now and then, and so have one bottle of syrup at a time, only replaced when empty. Having just the one seems to make me enjoy it more, and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on choice or option. Simplifying to this extent has made me appreciate the things I do have, I now only drink delicious local fresh coffee, freshly made, out of my favourite mugs, which is a rather lovely way to start every day.
How do you take your coffee?