First, some not so quick definitions to get out of the way. As in all these compositions, these definitions are set up for the express purpose (a) to talk about coffee, and (b) to make wildly irregular conclusions in the closing paragraphs.
First, it’s uncomfortable to write in the first person –so like any good, modern corporation (boo, hiss, snicker) I’ll attribute personhood to the Shop and present this post as if the Shop were sentient –Sump as Hal without the homicidal tendencies.
Getting to know a coffee, for me, is somewhat like getting to know a new person or master a craft. It’s through the subtle nuances that a thing (friend, craft or coffee) lets itself be known; and by the very implication of the phrase ‘subtle nuances’ the process of knowing is closer to a glacial time phenomenon than a femtosecond atomic phenomenon.