A Simple Theory

Espresso in orange cup

There’s something wonderful about a good shot of espresso that really can’t be explained. Honestly, the first time I tried one I was certain the barista must have accidentally poured a couple shots of spent motor oil. It was an intense drink, and I swore I would return to just drinking cappuccinos and lattes. Why subject myself to torture?

But college wasn’t kind enough to let me quit espresso. First-year calculus taught me that doing math with letters goes a lot more smoothly when you’re wired, and espresso was the fastest way to ingest some caffeine.

My hometown isn’t the easiest place to find a good, local coffee shop. So when I spent a summer in Washington D.C. and learned of the quirky Georgetown coffee brewery, Baked & Wired, I found out that a Starbucks shot of espresso isn’t the beginning and end of the coffee story. Perhaps (though I doubt it’s so) a double-shot is simply better from a tiny porcelain cup than a little paper one. Regardless, my stay in D.C. helped me understand there is always a better cup of coffee to be found.

Latte from Baked & Wired, Georgetown

And that brings me to this post. I have owned this domain for some time and have used it for various purposes in the past. I have decided to revitalize it now based on a challenge from a friend – basically to talk about coffee! I will do that, and hopefully more.

I’ve never had much patience for hyper-technical critiques and reviews of various foods and drinks. While I respect the effort put into those works, my level of expertise amounts to this: I drink a lot of coffee, I think, and I write. So for those who simply want to know what another lay-person thinks about a cup of coffee, this is a pretty good place to stop and read a while!

My writing will basically follow whatever coffee-related path I choose to take. For the moment, that includes visiting local coffee shops around the country, trying their espressos (and espresso-based drinks when I feel extra adventurous), and reading about coffee cultures and industries. But expect that path to vary somewhat as I wander along.

Much of my time is spent with Computer Science-related research and projects, so some of my writing may touch on the technical aspects of my experience. Another large portion of my time goes to delving the depths of political and critical/social theory, and my writing may include elements of those. I’m not out to start any political debates, but I am open to learning, especially when coffee-brewing gets political.

In closing, I will say that I open this new blog with some hesitation. After all, there are millions of blogs and no particular reason this one is or ever will be “significant.” But what I write here will rest on a simple theory, and its “success” or “failure” will hinge upon the accuracy of that theory: people will be interested in what you find interesting. So I promise to you, the reader, that I will only write about that which I find interesting. If my theory proves accurate, then you will probably subscribe or click over to the next post. If not, then the world has lost nothing more significant than a few electric pulses shooting around the Internet among countless others. Either way, blogging gives me an excuse to sit back and enjoy another cup of coffee!

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