Can we talk coffee politics for a moment? Many people think that certain things should be mixed; like water and hot grease, or alcohol and guns; or orange juice and milk, or beer and superglue.
Interestingly, what’s not on this list is coffee and politics. Surprisingly, it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about great coffee, bad coffee, ground coffee, gourmet coffee, coffee beans, espresso, decaf, or just one stinking coffee bean. Additionally, it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about democrats, republicans, independents, Hillary, Donald, or the Easter Bunny
As a Master Spokane Coffee Roaster, I think that there’s always room and time for coffee politics, that they go together like peanut butter and jelly, like peas and carrots, like Batman and Robin. You get the idea. So, why do these seemingly different things go so well together?
To answer that, let’s you and I first get on the same page. Can we all agree that politics, not baseball, is our national sport? Yes, yes, we all like to complain about politics, but heck, we also like complaining about the weather. And look how much good that does. Not!
Humans are political animals, plain and simple. Politics is innately negative and like it or not, we’re drawn to negative things. Hey, at a minimum, it gives us something to complain about.
So, how does coffee politics fit in? Inherently, coffee has two opposite attributes. First of all coffee, regardless of it’s form, is a stimulant. To prove my point, just chew up one roasted coffee bean and you can feel the buzz in about 15 seconds. And if you want more caffeine, then go with a very light gourmet coffee roast, which will have almost twice the kick as dark roast. So, if you want to get all worked up about politics, just add caffeine to the mixture and you’re sure to go nuts.
On the other hand, coffee is a comfort food. Even thought your body is being stimulated, your mind and emotions are being smoothed with a soul satisfyingly good experience. Now, that assumes that you’re drinking the best coffee beans available.
Here’s my advice. We’re getting into the height of the political season and when you’re stressed and ready to strangle the next liberal that walks by. Don’t! Instead, have a cup of coffee. Sit back and relax Dude. Let that coffee bean do it’s job and chill out. God’s in control. You can’t do anything about it anyway.
Oh, and next time you run into some idiot that disagrees with your politics, tell him he’s had too much bad coffee and he should start drinking the good stuff.