Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pause- My Word for 2017 and coffee

For a while now I've picked a word to concentrate on for the year. It gives me an anchor and helps me stay on track...well, for the most part. This year I had a really tough time coming up with a word that resonated with me and then I saw a quote on Pinterest about "The Pause" and immediately I knew that was my word. I've been using the "pause" a lot in my life. Most recently with all of this election, inauguration, and other happenings. I'm pausing a lot while I'm on Facebook...I'm not going to voice my opinion there and I'm not going to voice it here, either. I'm pausing and letting it go.

But one place where I'm practicing the pause is in the kitchen and I'm more than happy to talk about it here on my blog. I have been "practicing the pause" while I make my daily cup(s) of coffee. I threw out my old Mr. Coffee. Then I took a really big leap of faith and gave my precious Keurig to my son and his girlfriend. Why? Why, did I do this??? Because I now make my coffee using a Chemix and truth be told, I am deeply in love with this clever pour-over device...did I mention how much I love my Chemix?????

This is how I make my lovely brew of coffee. Gone is the coffee from a can. It has been replaced with fresh roasted beans that I grind every morning. I love the ritual of making my coffee. It takes time and there is actually a little bit of a method (science) to making a great Chemix of coffee. I watched several YouTube videos and have also been coached by my co-worker who should get most of the credit for swaying me to the Chemix. A good Chemix of coffee now takes me close to ten minutes from start to finish. During that time I pack my lunch, talk to the dogs, and enjoy the rich coffee smells that are released into the air from the grinder and then from the "bloom" of the first pour over the coffee grounds.

The bloom
 After waiting 30 seconds, I then practice the art of pouring smoothly and in a circular fashion until the water is about 1/2" below the rim...then I wait for it to drip down enough to start all over again. As I stand there watching this beautiful liquid catch in my Chemix, I practice "the pause" and am just in that moment of this simple act of making coffee. Maybe it sounds hokey, but I am very grateful to be able to make my coffee in this fashion. I savor it more. I buy coffee beans from my local coffee shop. I drink my coffee in a huge Gilmore Girl style mug (a gift from my kids) that came from a local coffee shop, The Raven. I relish every single drop before it even hits my tongue. I'm madly in love with my Chemix...don't tell my husband. But even more than that....I'm learning to "pause" and stop rushing, stop complaining, stop the anxiety, and I'm learning to pray, I'm learning to listen, I'm learning to be.

My Beloved Chemix


  1. My husband never liked our Keurig so it's in the cabinet now. He's got some kind of coffee maker from Sweden that he loves.

    1. I'm obsessed with coffee...what is this Swedish device??? :)

  2. Very cool word for this year and very cool way to make your coffee!!!!!!!!!

  3. I love this post! And love your word 'pause'. Just about perfect and goes well with my word 'breathe'. :-)

    We also use coffee beans and grind them fresh each day. I'm very spoiled to that now. I don't have a Chemix, but I can smell the coffee as you describe it. Honestly, my first sip of coffee each day is the best thing I eat or drink all day. Have a good week!

  4. We use a Melitta drip system on the weekends, but still use our Keurig before work. I'm looking forward to retirement and slowing down our morning routines.

  5. I love your word. I finally came up with a word and it will be announced later this week... I think Wednesday is when I scheduled it. It was really hard to come up with a word this year.

  6. I had a Keurig forever, but I switched back to a regular coffee maker because I work from home and I drink coffee here most of the time where I didn't before. So, while I am sure this coffee tastes amazing, it is probably not amazing for me. lol

  7. My word is balance! So far, it seems to be applicable.

  8. I was looking back at a recipe on my blog, and came upon a comment you made. I clicked on your name and voila! You came back! I've stopped a few times in the past couple years but haven't seen you. I thought you may have quit forever. Very, very nice to have you back in the blogging world. I use a French press for coffee.

  9. What a great word and idea! I make sure I have some time to sit and read for 10 or 15 mins every morning; otherwise, I'm racing around every morning. I like the idea of slowing down the coffee process but we both drink coffee; how much does the Chemix make?

  10. Love your word the mindfulness in the morning. I've never heard of this. I've been thinking of ditching the coffee pot for a French press. Is this similar?


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