good to the last drop

Funny how a good cup of coffee can make you feel mellow, despite its ill reputation for causing nervousness. Maybe it’s something about the ritual that makes you feel calm and centered. Actually, I’m ninety percent sure that this is the case. I think that it was Mark (who I dearly owe an email or three, I know) that introduced me to the zen of coffee through his at least daily postings on his moblog (seemingly offline at the moment). His rituals were very alluring to me… a well-crafted coffee drink or two, a good book and a calming environment. My additions to this ritual are to load up the iPod and head outside, although I admit I have not been too good at doing such lately. Now that I am here sipping my fresh cup of Mexican Chiapas from Barefoot, my mind recalls all those calm moments I shared with the sacred bean over the last couple of years.

It’s time for the ritual to return. Autumn is the perfect time for it.

Thanks to K, I was re-introduced to my home-brewing ritual. He gifted me with a shiny brand new Solis Maestro coffee grinder which I’ve been considering for literally years, but didn’t want to plunk down the cash.

It’s good stuff, I tell you. I became too much of a snot to use the blade grinder that I received many years ago, and pretty much stopped my home brewing process a year ago. The expense of purchasing a drink almost daily from (albeit wonderful) places like Barefoot or Coffee Society was gaining on me.

So anyway, regarding the mellow thing… music is a big component of this ritual. Here’s a selection of the artists on my current mellow playlist(s):

  • Nick Drake
  • Elliott Smith
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • The Shins
  • Dashboard Confessional
  • Fiona Apple
  • Jeff Buckley
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • Keane
  • Ben Folds
  • Gavin DeGraw
  • Snow Patrol
  • Joshua Radin
  • Rachel Yamagata
  • All Time Quarterback
  • Her Space Holiday
  • Vienna Teng
  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • The Postal Service
  • Iron & Wine
  • heck, the entire Garden State Soundtrack

I am also accepting suggestions for additions to these lists… do let me know if I’m missing anything essential, and I’ll add them!

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