The photo for today is simply a cool sign i saw walking along one day in Bern. One day i hope to have enough to simply make a strange book about signs and graffiti, but i don’t know too many people who are fascinated by the idea except me. Welcome to my early digression…
If nothing, you might be thrilled to know I have created what might be the world’s longest vertical garden for the test site in Colorado. Complete with three switchbacks leading to what will be a great bobsled run in winter of the final 500 meters straight down the mountain. The top sections all seem to behave with rain, but the bottom one needs to be modified to keep erosion to a minimum. If the gardens fail, I guess I can make the worlds largest radio controlled shipping lock. The scale would be like taking a boat from the base camp of mt Everest to the top via shipping locks.
Today’s article is about the how different people taste and what they like or don’t like with coffee and tea. The path for me started with coffee and then turned to tea. While I would love to become a sommelier of both, the reality is I just don’t have enough passion or desires to take that time to master either. I would rather simply drink them and keep that time as a special moment of “break” in my day. It seems every passion in my life became a sport or business in the past.
Sunday, I have some really amazing Japanese green tea someone gave me for my birthday this year. For people the know tea, they all go “wow, this is great tea.” For anyone that hasn’t spent time learning the nuances of tea, it probably tastes like Japanese straw with butter on it.
Perhaps that is why I enjoy coffee and tea tastings so much. You can put 10 people in a room, and you will get 10 different ideas of what is best. The only time I saw different was in a stumptown tasting room in Portland where one particular rare coffee had everyone pick it. Then again, it was $5 a cup for just the beans.
I guess that is the funny part of life, sometimes you wonder, do I make this ridiculously expensive and rare tea for another who might not appreciate much less like it, or do I use the less expensive version that is still good, but not “amazing?”
I think you simply make both and enjoy them by asking, “which did you enjoy better? Why?”
Off to German class, I guess more tests this, the final week? I honestly wonder if I have learned anything.