As human beings we have six basic needs for survival: air, water, food, shelter, sleep and coffee. Well… not everyone has that sixth need and sure, maybe calling it a “necessity for survival” is a little much, but if you’re like me, coffee plays a pretty significant role in your day-to-day life. Whether it’s to put that extra pep in your step first thing in the morning or to help unwind and relax at the end of a busy day, coffee is always there to do exactly what you ask of it.
(If you asked me to sit down and write a blog post without a cup of coffee by my side, I would tell you that’s impossible.)
I fell in love with coffee for the routine. Get to work at 8am, throw on a pot of coffee. 10am hits, time for another coffee. 3pm rolls around, guess what? But after years of fueling myself with bean water, I realized that this habit was about far more than just a daily ritual, it was about the connection I shared with the people I drank it with. Coffee brought me together with old friends, introduced me to new ones and drove me across the province to enjoy a cup with family—my grandparents in particular. Coffee = people, and that’s what I love about it.
So, when I was invited to do a story with Alisha Esmail of Road Coffee Co., I’m sure you can imagine that I was pretty excited. To put it in perspective for you, I was as pumped to learn about roasting coffee as I was the first time I stepped into a brewery to learn how beer was made (and that was a GREAT day).
For the story, Alisha invited a group of us to her new roasting location for a cupping (a coffee tasting). Together, we tried six different Road Coffee blends. For the average coffee drinker, like myself, my mind was blown by the differences in flavour when comparing her coffees side by side.
Alisha’s passion for coffee was impossible to hide and her motivation behind starting Road Coffee Co. is as genuine as it gets. She has big dreams for her company and there isn’t a doubt in my mind that you will be seeing a lot of Road Coffee Co. in the years to come.