For the entire month of June I’m planning on writing a series of blog-a-day posts based on a set series of open-ended questions to myself. This is one of those posts.
June 25th // Something You Want To Taste
We spent two weeks in Hawaii this past April, and despite my pre-travel assumption that Hawaii was a place of abundant tastes and unique flavours, I was a little disappointed to find that in many respects (at least where we went) the food had been very “Americanized”… and that’s fine, if that’s what you’re comfortable with. But I had very much hoped to do a little bit of “Brad’s Tour of the Many Tastes of Hawaii” and the end result of that effort was mostly a lot of coconut and/or pineapple flavoured versions of otherwise very familiar products: cake, cookies, candy, beer, et cetera.
I did find my way into a variety of coffee retailers throughout the trip, but one in particular, at one point early in the trip, walking around Waikiki, was of note: it was a hoity-toity kinda place, selling upscale bevies to tourists, and I noticed that among the reasonably priced beans they were selling (by the pound) some kind of rare local coffee — of which I now can’t even recall the name. I do remember that it was fifty bucks per pound. Which for those who know, is about forty-five bucks per pound more than most coffee I drink, and even thirty-five to forty bucks per pound more than even that special-occasion, organic, shade-grown, hand-picked, uber-coffee we get occasionally back home. In short, it would have been a very big extravagance. And so early in the trip, unsure of the many wonderful things that awaited me, I wasn’t prepared to sink the coin into the purchase at just that moment.
In retrospect, I should have. In retrospect, it should have occurred to me that splurging on extravagant and weirdly unique coffees is something that is starting to intrigue me and that I’d really liked to have tasted that particular brew.
I’ve been pondering some of these kinds of questions for a while. The “something you want to taste” question stumped me for a bit… until I recalled that in my short life I’ve already come across lots of eclectic people who have focused on honing their palettes towards one particular food or beverage. I know a ton of wine-ohs, a few beer-experts, and — having working in the agriculture industry for a short while — met a few people who knew everything there was to know about growing, preparing, and eating one very particular thing, such as potatoes or goose eggs.
I’d like to taste coffees. I think I’m ready for it, too. I’ve now got a solid decade of coffee connoisseurring under my belt, and I’m ready for the good stuff. I’m ready for the rare blends from the mountains of Hawaii. I’m ready for the hand-picked beans that have passed through the digestive system of a civet cat. I’m ready. Bring it on. I’d like to taste it.