I am always the one to supply the coffee for family gatherings.
Even more than loving coffee, I love my coffee. I love my coffee so much that I seldom drink any other kind.
For so many years I have been buying, what is for me, a perfect blend. I get it from Jim's Organic Coffee. Not only does it taste fabulous, but is it organic, fair trade, and from a New England vendor based in West Wareham, Massachusetts. I buy it in bulk, pre-ground (which may horrify some purists). My order is always shipped out immediately, the quality never wavers, and they are just very nice people with whom to deal.
P. Gordon Special Blend is a custom blend currently only available in five pound bags, and must be ordered either by phone or my mail.
My daily ritual around coffee seldom varies. We only have it first thing in the morning. I brew it strong, and the moment it is done, I transfer it to a carafe. I heat the Half and Half, from The Organic Cow, in the microwave.
In the winter, my husband and I drink it by the fire, and in the summer, we have it out on the front porch, where I sit in the wicker chair and my husband on the porch swing. Sampson is always at our feet.
It is the small moments during each day that I love getting just right.
At large gatherings, I never brew it early, and make smaller batches at a time to keep it fresh.