Why coffee?

Four things have made me think about the coffee I drink over the past couple of weeks:

1. Emptying my handbag, I counted 19 coffee loyalty cards from different coffee shops across Edinburgh. Several were duplicates, but it did drive home to me that coffee is central to my everyday life (I always joke that the University where I work is greased by goodwill and coffee in equal measures).

2. At a recent evening lecture to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight I was considering what I could easily do to make my consumer footprint more sustainable.  Buying and drinking better coffee seems like an easy win.

3. Meeting a new colleague, she told me that her daily cup of ‘proper’ coffee is her brief escape. I liked the thought that everything should stop, if only for a few minutes, every day.

4. On twitter, I came across @100CupsCoffee who is blogging about the independent coffee shops across London at http://100cups.blogspot.co.uk/. I thought it might be fun to do the same in Edinburgh.

Coffee is many things to me: everyday fuel; an opportunity to catch up with friends; punctuation at the end of a meal. I started drinking (serious) coffee (seriously) when I lived in Italy, and have dabbled in the dark art ever since. I don’t believe in taking it seriously now as it is after all only a drink. But a bad cup of coffee can make a bad day even worse.

Why blog about it? I miss writing. I still write, of course, mostly in emails at work it seems, but I miss writing in a more personal voice.

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