Monday, July 09, 2012
A confession about coffee...
Today I learned: I don't know what I really like or dislike. For twenty-nine years, I've maintained that I don't like coffee. Well, okay: to be fair, for a number of those years I didn't really have a choice in the matter. Still, it's fair to say that I've been pretty consistent about my dislike of coffee. Then, just this last week, I went out for coffee with my co-workers. For those of you living and working in Korea, you know things are a little different here. If someone above you in your hierarchy offers you food or a drink, it's extremely rude to say no. So, there I was, a table of my "betters" all staring me down as I was asked which coffee I would like. Needless to say, I was compelled to drink. It was a fairly high-end coffee place, so I decided to try something interesting. They featured coffee from a number of different countries, and I thought I'd give the Guatemalan coffee a try. After the first bitter sip, I pasted a fake smile on my face and pronounced it good, much to the delight of my fellow teachers. However, as the aftertaste made itself known, I began to come to a startling realization: it didn't taste bad. Not bad at all! Tentatively, I took another sip. Not holding my breath this time, I allowed myself to fully experience the taste and aroma of the coffee. By the end of the cup, I was fully appreciating the taste of this heretofore reviled beverage.
The lesson here is, if you didn't like something when you were younger, don't wait fifteen years to try it again. You may be surprised. For my coffee lover friends, what is your favourite coffee? What should I try next? I feel like a whole new world has opened up to me, a world I know next to nothing about!
Oh, and by the way, Guatemalan coffee with 팥빙수 is ridiculously amazing.