100 Pots of Coffee

There is nothing that I look forward to more in the morning than a nice cup of joe. It is especially nice to drink a cup of nice, hot, brewed coffee in the comfort of one’s home office. Today marks a milestone in my transition from New York City to St. Louis. As I write this, my Krups coffee maker is burbling away in the kitchen brewing my 100th pot of coffee in Missouri. It’s not as though I was actually counting each pot mind you, but today I used the last of a 100 pack of filters I bought a day or so after we rolled into town. 100 cups of coffee seems like a lot of coffee to me. And when you consider that I spent a large portion of August, September and October on the road shooting photographs around the country and wasn’t making coffee at home, then it really seems like a lot.

Coffee by St. Louis Food Photographer Jonathan Gayman

The ability to be master of one’s coffee is one of the things that is truly excellent about working at home. Back in cubicle-land my choices were either to leave the building and pay for Starbucks or some other over-priced chain (my office used to be in Times Square, so no local joints per se) or to drink the individual-serve coffee provided in the office break room. Even though it tasted like crap, I generally opted to drink the break-room coffee, simply out of convenience.

Now, I should point out at this stage that I am not a coffee connoisseur. I’m just as happy with a cup of drip coffee as I am with a nicely built shot of cafe americano by a barista who knows what they are doing. Granted, good coffee is, of course, better tasting and I am happy to get my hands on it when available. Last year for Christmas, Dr. Fiance got me a suh-wheet espresso machine which allows even drip machine guys like me to make a decent shot of espresso. Not that it was easy at first, you really have to practice with espresso and do the research. Which reminds me, I need to pick up some espresso beans – I haven’t really made much espresso lately and I’m likely to lose my touch.

For a little insight into people who take their coffee way more seriously than I do, check out this segment from The Splendid Table where Michaele Weissmann talks about The God Shot.

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