A timely cup of coffee, any coffee, can sometimes quench a thirst more beautifully than anything else. We’ve all had it. Be it good, bad, or just ordinary. In that moment, right then and there, that coffee was exceptional beyond measure.
Much of what we experience in life is determined profoundly by our situation and the atmosphere we find ourselves in. The quality of our company, or the quality of our solitude. Yet the right conditions for a soaring experience of any kind are a fickle thing, largely unpredictable and inconsistent.
So, if that “bad” coffee is just as capable of delivering salvation as anything else, one might make the argument about specialty coffee: Why bother? Because to reduce it to that level of simplicity misses the point that there are infinite pleasures and inspirations to be found in complexity, originality, and community. Whether you give a shit about every facet of coffee or not, the point is to give a shit about something.
Great coffee doesn’t have to be framed by any set of rules, tradition, or shared aesthetic. In fact,
ModRec Rule #1 is: There are No Rules.
It can be a simple pleasure or a way of life. You do you. The thing is, modern recreation has many different forms, many different levels of intensity, and it can and does lead us all to different places. But bloody hell, when it all comes together for you in that inexplicable way, wherever you happen to be, our world gets just a little bit smaller. We all become a little more connected. And that’s worth giving a shit about.