G’day! I’m Nathaniel. I’m the new coffee content writer here at Barty Single Origin, as well as a consultant for Barty’s Coffee Quality Assurance. Bart and I want your Barty content to be exceptional and your Barty coffee to taste delicious. I’d love to share a little bit about myself and my journey in coffee with you to “break the crust”.
My first memorable experience with coffee was quite extraordinary.
Zoom back to January, 2015, where I bit into my first bright red coffee cherry up in the cloud forests of Central America. I vividly remember how amazed I was with the intense caramel sweetness of the cherry, yet how little meat there was on the fruit, and that it contained not two, but three seeds. It turns out this cherry in particular was a genetic anomaly, as they usually only have two seeds. From that point on I realised that I had been taking coffee for granted, and that there is always more to learn about this fascinating and stimulating plant.
I have a confession to make, I have never been a coffee drinker and honestly, it’s only since working for Barty that I have slowly gotten a taste for it, but it has to be the Peruvian Decaf blend (I joke we should rename it the Erin blend). I think partly this is due having never had good coffee, but also due to my body not being able to handle it. One of my first experiences with coffee was having a cappuccino with my dad and feeling sick after it due to the milk (I’m dairy intolerant which is accumulative, so I have never been a big dairy person) and also on edge due to the caffeine. So, I just avoided it and while I love the smell of coffee beans, I just couldn’t bring myself to drink it. But thanks to Bart I am slowly coming round, and I often enjoy a cup of it (I drink it black sometimes with a bit of sugar).
If you’ve been watching Bart’s lockdown vlogsyou might’ve noticed that every morning, he makes himself a cup of coffee, takes the time to enjoy the process and uses it as a chance to mentally prepare for the day ahead. This has gotten me thinking about how we all have those little routines we do that keep us grounded. Whether that is spending the time making a cup of coffee and enjoying it, going for a walk, or just reading a book before bed. These are the things we do throughout the day that hold us steady, the routines we rely on during hard times and help us as the world changes around us.