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A Christmas Story With Your Coffee

During Christmas time, nothing goes with coffee better than a story.

I’ve been having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. In an effort to fix this, I decided to write a short story based on Capital Light’s Christmas song, “His Favorite Christmas Story.” If you haven’t heard it, please buy it on iTunes or listen to it on Spotify. I love this song and thought that perhaps I could build on the lyrics with my own take. I changed a few things, but kept the spirit of the song very much intact. Feel free to share this with others, and have a Merry Christmas!

Click the link below to read the story!

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Something To Brew To: My Coffee Playlist

A little over a year ago I wrote about how music is integral to what I dubbed “the coffee experience.” What I’ve found since then has only reinforced this belief. I’ve created a Spotify playlist that I have aptly named “Coffee.” It’s great to brew to, and I’ve found that it’s a great playlist to simply chill out with. There’s all kinds of music: everything from pop to more obscure folk. I’ve embedded it below, or you can go straight to it on Spotify here. Listen in and share with friends!

The Coffee Guy

The Coffee Experience: Music

Thanks for checking out this post! I’ve since updated my coffee playlist. Check it out here.

More and more I find myself admitting that the coffee experience has less to do with the coffee, and more to do with the experience. Now don’t get me wrong – there is most definitely a difference between good coffee and bad coffee. However, if you’re like me, you’ve probably had a delicious cup of Joe nearly ruined by terrible customer service or other extraneous factors unrelated to the actual taste of the coffee.

The coffee experience is nearly as complicated as coffee itself. A great cup of coffee has the perfect balance of depth, warmth, richness, and taste. On the other hand, a great coffee experience could be a mixture of having a friendly barista, timely service, great pastries on the side, or even just the atmosphere of the coffee shop as a whole.

It could even have to do with music.

Music permeates the very fabric of our society today: movies wouldn’t be the same without the rich scores that accompany them, couples make and re-live memories through “their song,” and social media has brought the chance to be a self-made musician to the garage of every man, woman, and child.

I’ve found that music plays heavily into my coffee experience. Often, I drink coffee while attempting to accomplish some other task: whether that task is homework, work, or just goofing around online. I tend to listen to music while I do those same things, and because of this simple fact I end up listening to music and drinking coffee at the same time fairly often.

A couple of weeks ago I began to notice that I tend to move towards listening to certain genres of music while participating in this “task-coffee-music” ritual.

After a few days of processing this realization I put together a relatively short playlist which I aptly titled  “Coffee” in iTunes (link at the bottom of this post).

Bands on this playlist include:

  • Oasis
  • Mae
  • Jason Mraz
  • Jack Johnson
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Sherwood
  • Shawn McDonald
  • Coldplay
  • The Beatles
  • Ingrid Michaelson

It’s a super chill playlist filled with popular songs, virtually-underground songs, alternative artists, and, overall, a very relaxing tone.

This music has proven to be incredibly beneficial in creating a great coffee experience for me – it highlights each delicious note that the brew in my mug gives off.

Do you find that you listen to certain types of music while drinking coffee? Share your favorite artists and songs in the comments!

The Coffee Guy

[iTunes link to my playlist here]