I don’t consider myself much of a ritualistic person but my mornings sure feel sacred. I like to get up early every day, in between 5:00 and 6:00 am. It’s quiet, it’s peaceful and it’s precious coveted time I get to myself. I love my family, I love spending every second with them but if they want the sane Billy and not the crabby Billy, it’s necessary that I get a little me time every day. Mine comes early in the morning and always with hot cup of Joe.
Early mornings while drinking coffee is therapeutic to me. I read, I think, I pray, I take notes on interesting things I look up and I catch up emails. It’s me time and it gets me ready in every facet to start my day. That time to myself gives me patience during long work days, with my daughter and helps me appreciate everything I have. All in all, it’s needed.
After I wake up I come down stairs and if time permits I take my time when making coffee. I’m not a bouji coffee drinker like a few friends of mine, but I do enjoy a nice cup of dark roasted coffee. The first thing I do is fill up my pot with water and put it on the burner to heat up.
If it were a perfect world I would grind up my beans by hand, but sometimes I’m just too tired so the already ground up beans will do just fine. The darker the bean in my book the better and if it’s an Italian bean I’m in heaven :-).
I’m all about that prep so the night before is key getting everything set up so all I have to do is come down stairs half alive and get things going without looking all over the kitchen for stuff. I always notice the clean kitchen, where my laptop is at the end of our super long kitchen table next to the window and it always gets me excited to endure the day.
The smell of pouring the hot water over the fresh ground dark coffee beans is glorious on every level. The smell alone wakes me up. Kinda makes me remember that goofy coffee commercial back in the day, “The best part of waking up…” You know the rest :-). Wow I dated myself there.
Once I get everything over to where my computer is I pour in a tad bit of my Silk Coffee Creamer to help sweeten it up and then it’s go time. I don’t do too well with regular milk so the Silk Vanilla Coffee creamer is exactly what I need to enhance my coffee to my liking. It’s not too sweet and has just enough vanilla in it :-).
After I enjoy my time it’s then back to the kitchen to start working. Whether it’s creating recipes, eating lunch with my wife and daughter, shooting video or working on our knife roll and apron collection the day is always crazy busy. It makes me appreciate those still mornings even more during these hours.
At about 2 to 3 in the afternoon I switch sides at our kitchen table and move over to the booth seating. Also funny enough I switch coffee making methods and creamers hah. I like to do French pressed coffee in the morning and pour over drip coffee in the afternoon. Same thing goes with my creamers. I like Silk Vanilla Creamer in the morning time and Silk Caramel Creamer in the afternoon. I know ridiculous and now that I’m writing this maybe I am much more ritualistic than I realize. The reason I like the caramel creamer in the afternoon is it is a bit sweet and almost like a mini dessert and after I’ve been making savory salty dishes all day, this creamer puts the perfect sweet finishing touch on them.
At the end of the day when the kitchen is finally cleaned up again and things are back where they are supposed to be, I turn out the lights and think about how perfect tomorrow morning will be.
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