I started this blog as a public service for people who already know good coffee and happen to be moving to or passing through Davis or Sacramento. As it turns out, most of my visitors are actually people in search of good coffee, but don’t necessarily know what it is.
It’s hard for anyone to explain why anyone should care about good coffee. Most of the world, but Americans especially, are used to bad tasting coffee. People usually drink it out of utility, the caffeine helps you stay alert. Caffeine is also addictive, so some drink it out of habit. I rarely drink coffee for utility and I do not have a physiological or psychological reaction when I stop drinking caffeine for a while, so I’m pretty sure I’m not addicted either. I drink coffee because it’s delicious.
Very few people drink coffee for the taste; most people use an excess of milk and sugar to mask the terrible bitter taste of bad coffee. Good coffee can (and should) be drank without anything to mask the naturally complex flavors. People are often surprised that coffee isn’t supposed to taste exceedingly sour, bitter, charcoal-y, or rancid. Instead, you start to taste citrus, chocolate, nuts, berries, and earthy flavors. You notice the pleasant mouthfeel and aftertaste that is completely different than the common “coffee breath” taste. If that sounds good to you, you should try good coffee.
Unfortunately, if you’ve seen the cafe ratings, you know that Davis does not have an establishment where you can walk in and order a good cup of coffee to experience for yourself. I’m starting to repeat myself, but the best way to get good coffee is to visit Chocolate Fish over the weekend and just enjoy a cup of drip coffee. Talk to the baristas, they are all very friendly and more than happy to talk to you about coffee and how to taste it.
Once you’ve had good coffee for a while, you will never be able to drink bad coffee again. If you live in Davis, that will quickly become a problem. In my next post, I’ll explain the basics of home brewing.