Trust our Instincts or Rely on Knowledge and Data?
Tuning into our physical sensations and gut instincts will help us in making the right decisions, not only when preparing coffee. Let’s not ignore what our body is trying to tell us. Let’s not just follow recipes, without seeing, touching, tasting, listening and smelling.
But let’s keep in mind that our senses and intuition are no substitutes for knowledge, study and experience. The former depend on the latter. If we want to be able to make music with heart and soul, we first have to learn how to read notes and rhythms and we need to get to know the instruments and ourselves.
Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart. -Unknown
Preparing coffee is love... and it’s like playing the piano.
Instinctive decision making requires experience, education, passion and most of all understanding. As soon as we understand an artwork, we are also able to create it with our heart and soul.
In his wonderful book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell beautifully states:
“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.”
Coffee Brewing and & the Importance of Instincts
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