The Ritual of Slow Coffee

Coffee starts in fields, in trees, in beans. Coffee arrives, however it is grown, in bags of green beans from Ethiopia, sent to Husband by a roast-your-own-coffee company.

Coffee gets roasted on our back porch, in a used popcorn popper, while Husband pokes at it with a wooden spoon handle and listens for the telltale crack that means it is ready. I sit with him, enjoying the roasting smell and crocheting something, usually a square for a quilt.

Coffee gets stored in a pan while it cools, then in a mason jar, then in the coffee grinder’s reservoir for the day or two before we use it. I stumble into the kitchen, freshly dressed for work, and press the big start button. 30 seconds of loud whirring later, the freshest of coffee is ready.

I wash the french press while the kettle vibrates on the stove. I pour the rush of boiling water over the grounds and wait impatiently for it to steep. Husband gets out of the shower and joins me.

We are not as slow with our coffee on weekdays as we are on weekends, when one french press pot of coffee can turn into two while we read books or clean the house or plan our days together. But those 5 or 10 minutes, lingering over the quality coffee and maybe a bagel or some recent pastry I’ve whipped up, they are what make all the hard work that is poured into this simple bean juice worth it.

I certainly drink coffee for fuel, to power me through long days and to get the live-wire buzz of caffeination to make me feel like my ideas are good ones and that I should keep working working working. But I would do all the steps in the coffee making process at home even if it was decaf. It’s a ritual, but I love it.

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34 comments on “The Ritual of Slow Coffee

  1. Mrs. Magilla says:

    Great read. I feel like I’m right on that porch with you. Fabulous.

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  2. Beautiful. Coffee is my weakness.. 1st cup of the day is on my desk now. Great read!

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  3. Love This Ritual! I thought I smelled coffee ! Very nice!

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  4. Amy Parmeter says:

    Enjoyed the read! Was just camping for a week where a friend was willing to ‘tough it’ in most ways – but she did bring her French press to keep up her coffee ritual!

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  5. shanaart says:

    I love this post! Thank you for sharing 💛

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  6. Heather H. says:

    Wonderful post! I have to know how you learned to roast and where you source your beans — and whether it saves any money to buy and roast yourself? I love good coffee, but I pay SO MUCH for artisan roasts these days!

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  7. AWETHENTIQ says:

    Try it simply for taste. 😀

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  8. Heather H. says:

    I just went to the Sweet Maria’s website, and the green beans I’d want (from Ethiopia) would be less than HALF the price of my favorite local roasters’ beans. So even buying the $30 air popper on top of that, I’ll still be saving money. Okay, I won’t be roasting professional-level coffee, but it is sure going to be fun to try this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Kim Smyth says:

    Great story and kudos to you for your patience! Me, I’m a lazy, hurried, Kuereg user and that’s ok with me. I do have my own ritual though and my hubby thinks that takes too long, lol. After the coffee is brewed, I add a tbsp of butter and coconut oil, 2 pkts of stevia in the raw, a dash of cinnamon and a tsp of vanilla-give all that a whir in the Ninja and its bulletproof coffee time! Yum! One is all I need all day!

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  10. krisboingg says:

    I have realised that it is the ritual of coffee that I am addicted to, not the coffee itself 🙂

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  11. Bookmark says:

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  12. gardenpictures says:

    While I don´t roast my own, the preparation and anticipation definitely are the biggest part of the pleasure, I agree. (That also holds true for most things in life, doesn´t it.)

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  13. Beautifully written. Almost wish I could join you for the smell and good company. Enjoy life!

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  14. nancyruth says:

    Wonderful. Very evocative of coffee aroma.

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  15. Christina Nifong says:

    This is lovely. Thanks for writing…

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  16. foodiemarvel says:

    You had me at coffee. I thought I was a serious coffee drinker… wow! I can taste it. I bet it’s heavenly!

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  17. ianbcross says:

    Thanks for dropping by at my blog, BORDERLINE. I brought back some green coffee beans from Ethiopia when I was there in February. I think they were from Sidamo region. I roasted a handful on a hot skillet, stirring with a wooden spoon, but I can’t seem to get it right. Usually, I burn the beans, giving a bitter taste to the brew. Your husband’s idea of using a popcorn machine is inspirational. I normally cook popcorn on the stove too in a large covered pot – when I am not cheating by using the microwave. I will look out for an air popper.

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  18. So beautiful! Hav a nice day with a cup of coffee

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  19. Oh yeah, I could smell the beans roasting too. How nice of your hubby to roast beans at home for you to enjoy!

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  20. I think ritual makes coffee taste better!

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  21. jolerrs says:

    Very Nigel Slater! I love it!

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  22. shallotmonk says:

    Simply loved your visual of the “wooden spoon handle” and “telltale crack that means it is ready”! It really does make it feel as though we are right there on the porch with you.

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  23. Love this. Weekend coffee is one of my biggest joys. I’m so pleased i saw this article because it kind of mirrors this one:

    https://philanthropissed.org/2016/09/11/we-dont-buy-things-with-money-we-buy-them-with-hours-of-our-lives/

    All love xo

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  24. Lorraine Fugl says:

    Loving your storytelling; simple and evocative feel good blog. Just reaching for my coffee in the office!

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  25. Lorraine F says:

    Loving your storytelling. Simple and evocative blog. In the office and just reaching for the coffee!

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  26. quirknjive says:

    My husband recently started making our coffee with the moka, the way his parents prepared theirs when he was growing up in Rome. It’s such a different, experience-akin to the English tea ceremony. I have always drank coffee to keep myself going and reserved tea for the experience of it. Now that coffee is prepared slowly with care, it has become more of an event. Lovely post…and blog.

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  27. Jay says:

    Awesome! I too use coffee weekdays to get up and going, and to feel good about focusing my efforts. Weekends, especially ones when I have to replenish my coffee stores, are definitely much slower. I use my chemex rather than my french press then, and linger over a book on the patio while my wife works on a cross stitch or her own book. Thanks for sharing these moments 🙂

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  28. Frugal Fish says:

    We bought green coffee beans and roasted them, too. I loved the smell! It’s very frugal, too.

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  29. Alex Moen says:

    Your story telling is phenomenal and relatable. Would be interested in a collaboration either for blog writing or otherwise. If you’re open to discussing, please email me: Alex [at] MatchMadeCoffee.com

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