Confession: I’ve never quite embraced the allure of coffee. To me, it was merely a routine—a habit cherished by coffee enthusiasts, much like my fondness for energy drinks. But a visit to Zuma Coffee changed the script, sparking my journey into journaling coffee experiences.

My relationship with coffee started much like my fondness for football – it was something my former partner loved, and consequently, I convinced myself to enjoy it too. My enthusiasm for both football and coffee dwindled when the relationships ended. After all, coffee was just another beverage. Or so I thought.

I had previously visited several coffee houses, but that day at Zuma Coffee marked a pivotal moment. It was my first opportunity to witness a coffee brewing process from start to finish. Suddenly, coffee transcended its role as a mere beverage; it was an art form—a symphony of beans and brews. Speaking of beans, it was interesting information to learn that coffee beans are grown on coffee trees.

The meticulous brewing process unfolded before me like an enchanting dance—an art I found myself surprisingly drawn to, much like my love for dancing.

This newfound fascination with coffee feels akin to my childhood curiosity about driving. I recall observing my father’s driver maneuver the car, absorbing every detail, and asking numerous questions until one day I asked to try, and neither of us cared that I was underage.

In my coffee quest, I have learned the different types of coffee beans, how the beans are processed and roasted and that there are varying degrees of roast which determines the taste, feel, and flavor of your coffee.

Coffee beans embark on an incredible journey in different regions of the world where the climate is ideal for coffee cultivation. Zuma Coffee’s beans are homegrown in Taraba State in Nigeria.

I read that after harvest, the beans are processed to extract the seeds, which eventually become coffee beans. This is done by removing the outer layers of the cherries through washing or dry processing methods, revealing the beans’ raw form.

Roasting the beans is where the real magic happens. The roast determines their taste and flavour and this ranges from light to medium and dark roast. I don’t yet have a preference.

So far, I’ve learned about various types of coffee – Espresso, Cappuccino, Caramel Frappuccino, Iced Coffee, Affogato, and Frappé. I shall delve into the different experiences with brewing and tasting these various coffee types in subsequent entries of journaling coffee experiences.

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Journaling Coffee Experiences – A Weekly Exploration Into The World Of Coffee

This weekly journal is more than just exploring flavours and brewing techniques; it’s a profound immersion into a world I once dismissed as overhyped. It delves into understanding intricate machines, the artistry of roasting, and immersing myself in the vibrant tapestry of coffee culture.

As I delve deeper into journaling coffee experiences, I immerse myself in the world of coffee lovers, coffee machines, and the inconclusive debates about coffee and mental health.

Journaling coffee experiences also offers me a peek into the minds of ardent coffee lovers. So far, all I have encountered defend their rights to their morning coffee, and some are bent on getting the rest of the world to become coffee lovers.

Along with learning about coffee and immersing myself in the coffee culture, I engage in enlightening conversations and forge new connections at Zuma Coffee—a haven that transcends the typical café ambiance.

And now, I get to share my coffee journey by journaling coffee experiences here on the Zuma Coffee Journal.

1 Important Reason You Should Keep a Coffee Journal – Journaling Coffee Experiences Is An Evolving Journey

I invite you, dear coffee lover, to join me in navigating this world of coffee. Maybe you’d find a depth to your coffee journey that isn’t there yet. And if you are in Abuja, plan to come through Zuma Coffee for a cup of your favourite java.

One reason why you should keep a coffee journal is because as your taste evolves. your coffee does too and one day you will not remember how the beginning of the journey was. A coffee journal is a record of the journey in real-time so that many weeks, months and years alter, you can still refer to the time of journaling coffee experiences.

I read an article earlier that says – Nigeria’s coffee industry targets $2bn revenue. This is new and almost strange information to me as I was outside the loop of anything coffee in Nigeria until a few weeks ago. I shall follow the news to see how coffee develops over the next few months and years in Nigeria.