Whether it is Costa Rica to Cambodia, or Ecuador to Ethiopia, I have probably drunk it. Coffee is as natural in the morning as the sun rising. From Keurig at home to Campfire coffee in Africa, I have enjoyed cup after cup, though, not all coffee is good. With hundreds of coffee options and thousands of coffee-making options, what makes a good cup of coffee? Rather, how do I avoid making a bad cup of coffee? Here are a few tips on making a good cup of coffee.
The water is really critical. One day I was making coffee and noticed a particular smell. I wasn’t sure what was happening, but I felt that the feedlots must have spilled into the water system somehow! I got a glass of tap water and tasted it. Needless to say it was nasty! I had just received some fine coffee from a friend and was glad I did not waste it by letting it soak in the water! I understood later that day that the water supply was from a lake that was “turning over” and caused the water to taste funky for about a week twice a year. Now I knew about the smell, but now how to get rid of the “floaties” in the water? I bought a water purifier!
In the same way we don’t want our coffee to be brewed, or pressed, in tainted water, let us be careful not to taint those around us because of our pungent moral smell or floating moods. Let Christ purify you each morning so that you can enhance the flavor of life around you.
I have always said that if you can see the bottom of the cup through the coffee then you really just have dirty water! I recognize that I enjoy stronger coffee than others, but not as much as my Eastern European friends. While on mission in Hungary I was introduced to “sludge”. I believe my army buddies would even cringe a little at this strength! The coffee was so strong that it felt like hot melted creamy peanut butter as you swallowed it. You have to find the right balance.
Some people you see right through and others you couldn’t hack your way through. I believe, no matter the personality type, one must find a balance in dealing with people. If we come off too weak we will we discarded and disregarded. If we come off too strong we can alienate and become alone. The strength is important when it comes to dealing with people.
In Africa, or on the range, campfire style coffee is often made from mixing coffee and water and then boiling it together. What happens here is that, unless you have way to filter, it all gets mixed together. In desperate moments, this coffee will do, but not every day. Every morning, I would get up and make the coffee. Every cup would have grinds in the bottom and it would be a little bitter.
When we do not filter ourselves, bitterness results. Other will look just like the face you make when drinking bitter coffee or when trying to pick grinds out of your teeth, if we do not learn to filter what and how we says things. Not everything that hits your mind must leave your mouth. Not everything you hear has to be repeated. Learn to filter.
You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
- Jesus, Matthew 5:13-16