I headed for the hills

This post is part of the ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour, in which menbers of the community write a post in one hour.  Tonight’s challenge is–“You made a million  choices in 2015, Write about one of them.”

I chose to change my coffee.

I like real coffee, and  I usually make my own.  Making coffee is my meditation, my tea ceremony, if you will–grinding the beans,  boiling the water,  brewing the coffee in the Chemex coffeemaker. It is a delicate balance of time and temperature, but it is quite simple, really. There is nothing pretentious about it.

And yes, for years my late husband and I started our days this way. We talked late in the evenings over coffee. And we got this particular brand of French Roast Coffee, with a Greek sounding name that I won’t name here.

It used to be readily available at the local Jewel.  I would make a special trip just for that coffee. Then one day,  a couple of months ago,  I went to get more, and I found the coffee aisle had changed, like stepping into a totally different reality. Gone were the familiar bags of  coffee beans, replaced by convenience cups and bags of fancy “artisan” coffees–half the beans for twice the price!

They no longer carried the coffee I had come for.

What choice did I have? I didn’t get the Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, nor one of the exclusive artisan coffees. I chose instead an old-fashioned brand, involving hills and brothers. It was Dark Roast. It was Columbian.  
It was on sale.

And now I find, it is quite good.  In fact, I’m drinking it as I write this.

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  • In the meantime, Jewel is turning itself into Dominick's--the unsuccessful Safeway type of Dominick's. That might explain what happened to your coffee. One of the Dominick's bought by Jewel 2 years ago was never remodeled, and was converted by hauling out the Safeway brands and replacing them with Essential Everyday, but the Safeway brands are back (except for Open Nature Frozen Greek Yogurt). Sort of like Ground Hog day in the weather world. Which reminds me, do they have ground ground hog in the Butcher Block?

  • In reply to jack:

    Happy New Year, Jack! Thanks so much for reading. I thought they were going for the Trader Joes / Whole Foods demographic...
    I was told "that's what people want"--Anyway, I put in a request to please bring back the coffee I wanted, ha ha.

    Recently, a friend told me that the coffee is back at the Jewel again...we shall see...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I don't think anyone is going for Trader Joe's. Marianos was supposed to be for those who go to Whole Foods and Costco, but they better not convert it into just another Kroger. Too many buy outs in the grocery industry.

  • Happy New Year, WG! I can identify. I'm a coffee addict too. French Roast involving those bros from the hills. When they're on sale at Jewel, I usually stock you with three. Keep writing your wonderful blogs, WG. I love them.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I meant "stock up".

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thanks so much for reading, AW...Yes, I stock up on the coffee, too...Happy New Year!

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Any coffee with caffeine messes me up, so not in my case.

    I still have a Starbucks gift card based on being a subscriber to a service on a complementary basis,* which I still haven't used.
    *Maybe the sales dept. thought it could get a sale.

  • Cleverly and evocatively put. I try to keep my brain guessing about how much caffeine it's going to get, yet I still admire your devotion and your ability to make a ceremony of a "small" thing. Well done.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Ah, nothing like a great cup of coffee. Thanks so much for reading.

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