I used to drink a lot of coffee. At least 9 or 10 cups a day. This, like many habits, became expensive.

So after forking out R100 on a jar of instant coffee I knew would last less than a week, I felt something had to change. Should I kick the habit entirely? I didn’t think that was necessary. Instead, I decided to enjoy my coffee more, by only buying filter coffee. Preferably only beans.

Each cup would be made on purpose.

The bean grinding to the right consistency, boiling water, measuring grounds, warming the cup, allowing the coffee to percolate, plunging, pouring, adding milk, and having a place to sit with a book, have become my ritual.

I drink much less coffee now, and it’s become much more of an interesting journey. I figured it would be a good idea to try more single origin coffees, so that I could recognize them in a blend. By happy coincidence my wife got given a tin of the Tanzania single origin – and I really enjoyed it!

Checkers has stepped up their game in the last while (they even have pretty great whisky, but that’s another post), and that makes me pretty happy – they’ve always been a bit of an underdog in my mind, and I almost always secretly route for the underdog. Then again, regardless of who sold it, I would buy this from them.

I’ll slowly get around the world one cup at a time. You can read more about this coffee and others here.

I hope you try this out and let me know what you think – as always comments are welcomed and encouraged. Enjoy!

(note: I have no affiliation with Checkers. These thoughts are my own and have not been reimbursed in any way – I just like the coffee)