Impostor Syndrome, The WordPress Community, and Me

Impostor Syndrome Cats

I have spent some time this year thinking about what impostor syndrome is and how it impacts me and those around me in the WordPress community. Turns out it can be crippling. Trust me, I know.

I have been on a journey of change and growth for the last few years, both personally and professionally. I went back to school to pursue another degree while working full-time. It wasn’t easy, but I pulled off a 4.0 GPA over 43 credits in 21 months, all while staying very busy at work and not letting my home life miss a beat. You would think that would make me feel like I was worthy of any acclaim that came my way. Well, it didn’t. No matter how much success I achieve (and I have done pretty good in the last year), I still feel like a total fraud and that I do not belong. Continue reading “Impostor Syndrome, The WordPress Community, and Me”

Cold Brew Coffee – the outcome of my saga to make superb coffee!

Words Best Coffee Sign

As summer comes to a close, most people stop thinking about iced coffee and consider a nice Pumpkin Latte (yes, I do participate in that flavor craze!). Not me, I love iced coffee and require it year round!

The trouble is finding good iced coffee. It is not about savings or cost, not about convenience or availability. It is all about flavor! Now don’t get me wrong, I do not profess to having a highly sensitive palette. I am lucky if I can tell what herb my wife includes in her glorious cooking. Continue reading “Cold Brew Coffee – the outcome of my saga to make superb coffee!”

Adventures of a City Slicker Berry Picker

Berry Bucket

Who knew blueberry picking could be such an adventure!

Earlier this summer, my wife and I attended an Ohio Blogging Association event called the “Sweet-Up” with Edible Cleveland at Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream flagship store in Ohio City. It was a great event where we got to hear Mike Mitchell talk about various aspects of his business while enjoying a premium view of the kitchen and enjoy some samples. Besides the samples we enjoyed way too much (is four trips to the special sample cart too many??), I was the lucky winner of the big door prize! Continue reading “Adventures of a City Slicker Berry Picker”

Cold Brew Coffee – Part 1 of my quest to do it right and do it myself!

Cold Brew Iced Coffee

Why has it taken me so long to figure out cold brew coffee is the best!!

I drink iced coffee year round, it does not matter how cold it is. I remember grabbing a cold, delicious Yoo-Hoo when I would get off the subway in high school as I hurried into the building. It didn’t matter if there was a foot of snow, I had to have a cold beverage. I have been told that I run very warm, thermal even, so no big shock that I always crave iced coffee.

Now don’t get me wrong, I will get a cup of coffee after dinner when it’s a nice restaurant and we get dessert. But most of my meals are not in nice dressy restaurants where you get coffee afterwards. I go to a local brunch place that keeps carafes of coffee coming to the table, and the servers must hate me because I need multiple glasses of ice to pour my coffee over.

So, why has it taken me this long to consider making my own cold crew at home!!! Dunno, shoulder shrug. But I have commited to myself and my significant other that I would spend the summer perfecting the craft.

Where do I start? Well, I have tried cold brew at a few local premium coffee shops and was very disappointed when it was bitter. Then I realized that all of the coffee was bitter in these shops (don’t even bring up THAT PLACE that can only make bitter coffee, I am talking about local shops that source and roast their own coffee). Having heard that cold brew coffee should not be bitter, I realized that the coffee you use is the most important component. Secondary to that (a very close second) is the way you make your cold brew.

I think I have convinced myself that the Filtron Cold Water Coffee Concentrate Brewer is my best vehicle to deliver the best cold brew at home somewhat easily…..based on both reviews and a few other spots around the internet that mention it.

  • Decision on brewer – check
  • Actually order brewer – probably next week
  • Figure out which coffee to use – deliberating, but leaning towards one of the Trader Joe’s brands….have some ideas
  • Use good water, not that nasty tap water – not a second thought

It’s only a matter of time before I get this one worked out!