This is a story of a quest.
A quest for coffee.
It all began a few weeks ago, when RWA wrote a funny post about Starbucks. This prompted E.Craig to comment, and subsequently write his own post about coffee. REAL coffee.
I read both posts, and commented to E. that I would love to try freshly roasted beans, freshly ground coffee. He advised me to buy a grinder and then search out somewhere local that roasted its own beans. Okay, I said, I'll do it.
Days went by. Didn't buy a grinder. Didn't look for beans. But I still really wanted to try it.
Then one day, fate intervened. I stumbled upon a Mr. Coffee coffee bean grinder for 50% off! I bought it. More discussion with E.Craig about what kinds of beans to buy. I made a vow to search Louisville for freshly roasted beans, thinking maybe Heine Brothers or somewhere in the Highlands (the funky, eclectic part of Louisville).
More time passes. No search, no beans. Finally, E. advises maybe I should just cut to the chase and buy my beans online, from his favorite coffee roaster - Old Bisbee Roasters in Arizona. (His patience with me during this quest has been amazing). He tells me his favorite flavors. Credit card in hand last Wednesday, I place my order.
Friday Seth himself from Old Bisbee Roasters calls my cell phone! I couldn't believe it. He said he was calling all new orders and thanking them for ordering. I gave due credit to E. Craig from Dayton, Ohio, and was tickled to death with the phone call. I have never had that happen before, and he sounded so nice on the phone. At least some people are willing to call me on the phone. ( totally innocent look on face)
At last, this very morning, the very long quest has come to its end. I got out my new coffee grinder, carefully read the instructions, ground the beans, and made my very first pot of Guatemalan Huehuetenango Asobagri Co-op Organic coffee.
And yes, it is amazing.
I will never need to go to Starbucks again.
Which, I suspect, was E. Craigs' purpose all along (grin), along with enabling me to enjoy one of the finest cups of coffee I have ever had.
Now, if you will excuse me, my coffee is waiting.