One of the first thoughts in my mind upon waking is that first cup of coffee. The moment I smell the tantalizing aroma, I imagine the lovely balance of acidity and body. The warmth as I pour those first drops into my favorite cup. The chemistry I perform as I add just the right amount of cream and sugar.
And then. The ecstasy of that very first sip: nectar from the gods.
To be perfectly honest, though, the preparation of coffee in the morning had become too routine. I would grind a few days worth of beans, throw them into a filter and fill the reservoir with water in a haphazard manner each evening before I went to bed.
And we were noticing that the longed for first cup often tasted mediocre.
I’m a big fan of routines. Routines in some areas of our lives allow us to be more productive and creative as they create a framework for how we transverse our day. However, when routines become so rote that we lose our love or respect for a pleasure in our lives, it’s time to shake things up.
So, last week, I began to make our morning coffee with a different attitude. My routine has become a ritual – a celebration and reverence for the beautiful coffee bean.
- First, I choose my brew for the day. I open a bag of coffee beans (sourced from a company that roasts locally), and grind just enough coffee for the morning. Not only does the gentle whirring of the blades begin to wake me, but the aroma of freshly ground coffee begins to work it’s magic on my body.
- I would never drink unfiltered water on it’s own, but here I was, making coffee with it! Now, each morning, I gently pour water into my coffee maker from my Brita pitcher. And then press that magic button.
These two seemingly simple steps brought presence, love, and respect for that blissful first sip of morning brew.
What about you? What activities in your life have become so routine in your life that you’re losing the pleasure of them? How can you bring presence and ritual to your world?