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I am grateful for artistic expression.


We found ourselves standing in front of the mundane instant-coffee assortment yet again. I was about to reach for my fast and fail-proof brand when my partner guided my hand toward a bag of roasted beans. “What are we going to do with this?” I asked. He suggested we try real coffee. Real coffee!? I was confused and disheartened when I realized that coffee consisted of much more than just adding some water to granules. Overwhelmed, yet excited with the unknown process ahead, we grabbed a bag of beans and headed for the checkout.

I only started drinking instant coffee when I moved to Australia. It was the quickest and cheapest caffeine fix before dashing off to an early morning class or cramming all night for an exam. My earliest encounters with coffee came from the household drip coffee maker brewing my nation’s pride and glory, Tim Hortons. Many canadians will tell you they can’t get through an hour of their morning, let alone a day, without their large double double. To my compatriot’s defence, there was some controversy around ‘addictive substances’ like msg being added to the coffee. Regardless, if you asked me what the best coffee in the world was, I would’ve naively yet proudly proclaimed, Tim Hortons!

After purchasing a percolator we came to the sudden realization that we would need to grind the beans. I suggested we buy a coffee grinder but my partner insisted it was too “industrial” (he comes from an italian family and likes to do things by hand as often as possible). After my sight realigned from an over-exaggerated eye roll we agreed on using a mortar and pestle; and man am I glad we did!

The first to do was grinding the roasted coffee beans. I poured a handful into the mortar and pestle and began to crush them. I’ve never used one before but the process just felt natural. Instantly the room was infused with a vivid coffee aroma. When the beans became a fine ground, I brewed two beautiful cups of fresh coffee.

I find the whole process from trying something new, to uncovering novel techniques, to creating something from scratch (or near scratch), really rewarding. I find such exuberance in learning that the time and effort in creating gives even more satisfaction in the sharing and consuming. By questioning and trying we discover, and discovery is what life is about. It’s sad that our society has become so fast paced and industrialized that we can call text messaging ‘conversing’, processed frozen meals ‘food’ and instant coffee, ‘coffee’. I believe we should reject these notions and begin to rediscover the human connection in speaking face to face, the vibrancy and nutrition in preparing food from fresh ingredients and the warmth from grinding and brewing your very own cup of real coffee.

I am grateful for curiosity and discovery.