The four drinks we talk about here are beverages most people drink quite often. Some of them you might have once a day or once a week, and you might not give a second thought to where it comes from or what makes it different from any other drink.
For a lot of people, coffee is for waking up, tea is for sick people, beer is for parties, and wine is for dinner. But the truth is that each of these drinks has a wonderful variety and history that many know nothing about. The methods used to prepare these drinks properly are sometimes overlooked, and people will form opinions on something that was poorly made. The terms used to describe drinks gets so muddled in competing marketing campaigns that when you go somewhere to order one thing, you might get something else entirely.
We are here to let you know that it does not take any special education or background to appreciate what these drinks have to offer. We hope that after reading what we write here, you’ll go to your local wine shop, bar, or cafe and engage in a conversation with the people that handle these drinks every day. Maybe you’ll learn you don’t have to decant your favorite wine, or that the dark-roast coffee has less caffeine, or that your tea tastes bitter because the leaves should be steeped at a cooler temperature.
We also hope you might join us in our own adventures in homebrewing. It’s easier than you’d think to make your own beer. You might even want to grow your own grapes or tea. Maybe you can learn how to make your latte the way you like it.
So, in the words of Charlie Papazian, “Relax. Don’t worry. Have a homebrew.”