Switching between coffee blends can be a traumatic experience. Recently Kelly and I enjoyed Starbucks 40th Anniversary blend. Great stuff! This week we had to switch to a normal non Starbucks blend we drink. It tastes weaker and not as robust as the previous blend. It lacked the spice, kick and sheer joy of the previous blend. Sigh.
In coffee there are extraordinarily blends, horrid blends and normal blends. Each should be enjoyed for what they are. Yes, I said and mean we should enjoy our horrid blends.
The horrid let’s you know that you still have taste. It tests your character and values. Are you focused on what’s most important? Horrid blends let you better appreciate the better, but also help you cling to what is most important.
The extraordinary blends let you still be surprised and delighted by coffee. We often view average as evil, but I think that is a poor view of average. You cannot reproduce the extraordinary or it wouldn’t be what it is. But, to enjoy the extraordinary takes practice, discernment and readiness for when it happens. It takes being a student of coffee. Are you well trained in the art of coffee so you can be ready and fully able to enjoy the extraordinary?
The bulk of life is the ordinary. Average normal ordinary blends move life. Meeting expectations is a good thing. You know what you are getting. What you are getting is a let down compared to the extraordinary. However, in the ordinary is contentment and enjoying the gift of coffee that God gave us. Ordinary is about enjoying the little things in life. It’s about enjoying coffee as coffee.
Here is to my ordinary blend! Enjoy your coffee!
(especially on Monday)