It’s early on a Saturday morning. The water is beginning to boil and I carefully spoon a scoop of freshly ground coffee into my French press. The aroma of the ground beans has pleasing notes of citrus, vanilla, and sweet cream.
I pour the now boiling water over the grounds and slowly press down, creating what I feel is the proper beverage for a coffee snob such as myself to greet the day.
Yes, I am a coffee snob. And I’m proud of being so.
The beans for my morning elixir of life come from the Kibingo Central Washing Station in the Kayanza commune in northern Burundi, which I have been assured is one of the most reputable growing regions of the small African nation. It makes for a superior cup of coffee, at least in my opinion.
But there’s more to coffee than just some quality beans and a nice French press. For coffee consumers have become increasingly aware—and vocal about—where their coffee comes from. You hear phrases such as “sustainability” and “ethical sourcing” bandied about far more often today than ever before.