Great churches have great coffee. It can be a difficult task figuring out what ‘great coffee’ actually means. The palate is complex. That is why some people prefer some food or drink to another. Coffee, however, has to be the common ground (see what I did there?). What if we had an empirical point of reference? I have spent many years and with humility, submit my findings. You have great coffee when:
You know your coffee is great when you don’t even question coffee as the drink of choice. I’m talking whole room gasp followed by pin-drop silence at the request of drink such as tea. (Maybe I should’ve written that as [email protected]%). Could it be; that people keep asking for tea or other beverages is a sign that the coffee isn’t great?
You have great coffee when the question asked is, “How do you like your coffee?” not “What would you like to drink?”
Note: this does not apply to good ol’ water. Coffee and water is all the drink needed.
This is an obvious one. I wasn’t sure if should include it. After much deliberation with the research team, i.e. me, we had no choice but to include it.
You know you have great coffee when people actually drink it. I’m talking about that second or third cup, maybe even maybe even emptying the flasks or coffee pots.
You know your coffee is great if people hang around after the service, and drink it. When baristas don’t have a moment to themselves till the doors close: that is great coffee.
The Geeks’ Test
The ultimate coffee connoisseurs are the geeks; hands down. Your church tech team is the ultimate expression of coffee sophistication. Geeks, after all, are the ones who’ve hit most of the coffee spot in your city or community. You thought it was just for the free Wi-Fi. You were wrong. This is so important that they don’t dabble. They do all the hard work of research, tasting and even attempting their own roast.
When geeks say the coffee is great, the coffee is great. Tip: you might not have all the volunteers you need on your team because your coffee doesn’t make the grade. Getting great coffee could have fruits of better volunteer retention and happiness.
There’s always going to be that one person. I’m talking about the one whose standards are rarely ever met. Great coffee obliterates complaints from those kind of people. You have great coffee when complaints about it are a rarity.
One of the best indicators of great coffee is when people actually say so. Have you asked them lately?