There are few beverages in this world as useful as coffee. It warms you to the core on cold mornings and gives your brain a welcome boost. At work, the office-provided roast keeps you caffeinated enough to make it through the day and complete all of your tasks without missing a beat. And let’s not forget the invaluable after work cup of joe that we can always rely on for a second wind. Coffee is the oil that keeps the human engine running.
Okay, so we’ve established that coffee possesses utilitarian qualities—but if you’re anything like us, you know that there’s more to coffee than this. Sound familiar? Do you love to spend hours in coffee shops, enjoying the many complex flavors and aromas of Guatemalan single origin drip coffee? Every now and then do you catch yourself contemplating the idea of quitting your office job and starting all over again as a proud coffee shop owner, but quickly brush it off as yet another romantic idea? Yes, you are deeply in love with coffee – be it the geeked out kind served at high end third wave coffee shops or the simple black brew from your break room. But does your affinity for coffee qualify you to be a coffee professional? In general, we fully endorse following your dreams. That’s how Kitchen Stories came about, after all. But before you draft your letter of resignation and spend your entire savings on a Synesso espresso machine, consider giving it a test run in the safe confines of your own four walls. To get you started, here’s a quick roundup of all the stuff you will need.