Responding to the Enemies of Coffee

I know several people that don’t like coffee. I’m OK with that. But every so often I’ll meet someone that after learning about my love for coffee wants to rant to me about how awful the beverage is and that they would never drink it. I learned how to respond to these people one day during my junior year of high school.

I was sitting in a study hall when a fellow student sat down next to me. This guy was known to smoke lots of pot, or so I thought, yet there on the cover of his Trapper Keeper notebook was a huge DARE sticker. DARE is the anti-drug educational program for kids. The fact Mr. Pot Smoker had this sticker on this notebook struck me as odd, so I pointed at the sticker and asked him about it.

DARE sticker
DARE sticker

He responded to me with dead seriousness and stated that you shouldn’t do drugs. Then after a long pause he smiled and said “more for me“. I learned an important lesson that day. Whenever someone starts preaching to me about the evils of coffee, I just smile and say “more for me“.

Monkey Latte Art
Monkey Latte Art

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Michael Allen Smith

Michael Allen Smith fell in love with coffee while attending college. Shortly after graduating college, he found himself in the Tampa Bay area far away from the good coffee he had at The Ohio State University. That is when he starting home roasting coffee. Less than a year later in April 1999, he launched the coffee website INeedCoffee.com. INeedCoffee.com has been going strong ever since with hundreds of articles and tutorials submitted by over one hundred contributors.

In 2007, Michael moved to America's coffee capitol Seattle, Washington. He has visited close to two hundred different coffee places in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver and met many of the top roasters and baristas in the country. Since 2009, Michael has been the Organizer of the Coffee Club of Seattle, which is a Meetup group of over 600 coffee enthusiants. Besides the social aspect of the group, the Coffee Club of Seattle partners with local coffee professionals for educational events such as coffee cuppings, brewing demonstrations and roasting tours.

Unrelated to coffee, Michael has a personal blog at CriticalMAS.com which covers several topics including fitness, cooking and finance.

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