Coffee Nerdism

Hi! I’m Mathias, and I’m a coffee nerd.

Let me just go ahead and warn you right up front: Coffee nerdism is a downward spiral! There, I said it. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get to the photo. What do you see? Beans. Coffee beans. Roasted coffee beans. Locally roasted coffee beans, to be fully specific.

Coffee Nerdism

When you get a nice espresso machine, it starts to be all about the bean. You don’t buy pre-ground coffee anymore, that should be obvious. You buy freshly roasted beans. I started looking around our neighborhood, and before I knew it I found three roasters in a one-kilometer radius. That’s awesome. When you look a bit closer you realize that there’s not only much coffee love in Berlin, but also a lot of local roasters, most of them caring about a really good bean, and about a good roast.

The next thing you obviously need is a grinder. Of course you can have the shop grind the beans, but it needs to be as fresh as possible, otherwise it’ll lose a lot of its deliciousness quickly. Luckily we already had one before, but now that I know better, our old espresso maker didn’t do it any justice.

But it doesn’t end there, when you start talking to the real coffee nerds in the shops, they give you all kinds of advice, the most important one being that you should clean the machine and most importantly the brewing head, mercilessly. It must become a ritual to let water go through it before and after the shot. You need a blind filter to clean the insides of the brewing head. And the list goes on.

The downsides of really caring about coffee is that you get very picky about the coffee shops you go to. But then again, if the coffee shop doesn’t care as much about coffee as you do, why bother? Coffee for me is all about enjoyment, it’s not about caffeine getting me high and worked up. I like good coffee, I like a good flat white, I like a neatly pulled ristretto. I stopped drinking my espresso without sugar, for the most part, mainly because without it, you really get to suck in the full aroma of it.

As if I didn’t have enough things to worry about with film photography and Polaroids. But seriously, I think there’s worse things than coffee to be picky about.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to pull myself a ristretto.

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7 thoughts on “Coffee Nerdism

  1. oh im so like you!! only limited by my lack of capital! -and at the moment; the fact that im pregnant! can you imagine: being a coffee nerd and being pregnant!! Now im even more careful about when and where i drink the little coffee i do drink!

  2. I soooo agree with you. if there would be something like a club for coffee nerds I probably would be a member (and I’m not a club person at all). good coffee is just awesome. and filter coffee comes very close to the devil (at least in my opinion).

    by the way I just discovered your blog matt and I’m glad I did.

  3. Marzena, filtered coffee surely isn’t the best thing, but I do like a good french press coffee, or a freshly brewed coffee from the Clover coffee machine. That’s a taste like no other.

    But you guys should stop by for some freshly pulled ristretto goodness πŸ™‚

  4. I’m sure you’re right. I just had a bad experience at my last workplace where an ordinary coffee machine was filled with “coffee” (which probably came “straight” from the grinder a half a year ago). it tasted so bad that I ended up with instant coffee.

    ristretto? I would love to accept this lovely offer πŸ™‚

  5. I’m sure you’re right. I just had a bad experience at my last workplace where an ordinary coffee machine was filled with “coffee” (which probably came “straight” from the grinder half a year ago). it tasted so bad that I ended up with instant coffee.

    ristretto? I would love to accept this lovely offer πŸ™‚

  6. Its not to long ago that I discovered grinding your own coffee tastes much better right before you make it than buying pre-ground coffee. I’m happy I made that discovery.

    It is hard to find a good coffee bean here sometimes. I also appreciate your nerdism. We always need more nerds :).

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