For many of us, coffee is the essential start to a day: the aroma, that sweet first sip, a necessary perk to get moving. Without a doubt, it is a ritual. It’s not just going through the motions — often, it is the day’s very first indulgence. Yet for something so ubiquitous, the preferences, from method to taste, are endless. Maybe mornings are stacked with workouts, maybe picking up after a two-year-old, or if you rise early enough, a leisurely read of your favorite periodical.
We all have morning routines. It sets the stage for the day ahead. It gets us prepped to take on the conference calls, build the decks, lead the meetings or mentor the students. There is no one size fits all when it comes to the morning, or to caffeine intake. At home with some of Gear Patrol’s own, we’ve singled out three of the best methods — suitable for just about any type of morning and any type of guy.
If You Need to Set It and Forget It
“Our family’s morning routine is pretty dialed. My wife, Emily, is up at 6:15 a.m., me at 6:30 a.m. That way we both have a chance to shower before our preschooler wakes up. My first stop after the shower is coffee prep. We all chip in making breakfast and we’ll usually chat and read the news while we eat. The overall vibe is a mix of keeping things moving since the schedule is pretty tight, yet fun and light since it’s typically the only time all three of us are together (and awake) in the house during the weekdays. We have a divide and conquer approach after that. I take care of cat duty and breakfast clean-up and Emily takes care of making the beds and getting our son ready for school. I’m out for work via the subway at 8:00 a.m. and she leaves 30 minutes later — she pretty much needs all of that difference in time to get him together.My coffee ritual has evolved as my life has become busier and more scheduled. There was a time when I was using a scale for pour over but now that time is more precious than ever, our daily ritual is an easy drip coffee maker. We need to create efficiencies wherever possible. What hasn’t changed however is using quality beans and grindingthem every morning. And the only difference between the weekday and weekends is making more coffee on the weekends since we’re at a much slower pace and can take more time to enjoy it.”