Changes to the topic and approach to this website are minimal, but for me, more fun. And for those who want to read it hopefully it will be more fun too. The main question at this time is how has the pandemic changed my coffee consumption and expectations and the general outlook on life, coffee and the joy in the little things in life. Perhaps as positive outlook on life in a bad time in history and a time that took everyone by surprise on how much it affected us and still does.
Where to start?
The Covid-19 situation hit the world with a great surprise to most people and changed much on how we live our life. We could not get out, had to work from home and many lost their jobs. Iceland for many reasons managed to stay relatively sane through this whole ordeal up to this point, we could go out of our house. Go to the store, sometimes with some restrictions, masks, only one from each household and such. I started ordering food online for home delivery in many cases. And it is a lifestyle I actually like in many ways. Compared to many of my friends and family who live in other countries things here where not that tough. I had it relatively easy until the first quarantine hit us.
My next door neighbor sold his flat and on his last day at the house he came over for a barbeque. Nothing out of the ordinary, he and his family are awesome people and we socialized much, dinners, BBQ, and most of all I was his coffee guru and we shared many good cups of the latest brew over good times. Sometimes the brew changed into Red Wine, but that is another story altogether. He moved from Reykjavik to a neighboring town and all seemed well. Until one fateful Wednesday evening I get a phone call from him in a slightly stressful tone. “They will be calling you shortly” he said. I was puzzled and asked who and why. “The pandemic response tracking team, and you will be in quarantine because of me.” I was slightly startled but mostly surprised. I was not prepared for this scenario to drop into my lap without notice.
The next morning we woke up and decided to enjoy a week off from work in the hope we did not get the Covid-19 flu and focus on our week of isolation with style. Board Games and great coffee…
So the morning started with a shot of espresso. But only 10 grams of coffee in the machine, and no other coffee in the house. Total panic. How am I supposed to get gourmet coffee in quarantine? I could get the big brand supermarket coffee shipped home, but we wanted the good stuff. The speciality coffee.
After running around like headless chickens for a while thinking about how this could be done, we went to the rule book of the pandemic team. I was allowed to go outside for a drive, with a mask but not to venture outside of my car.
I hatched a cunning plan to get coffee. I drove to Kaffi Laugarlækur, my local hangout and source for good coffee beans. I called them on the way and explained my situation and they really delivered. I got there, they had the coffee beans ready in a plastic box and a bag. I paid them by money transfer from my phone and they came outside and put a large bag on the sidewalk next to the road a little distance from the coffee shop and left it there when they saw me waiting in the car. I drove up and reached out the window and got my bag of Kvörn coffeebeans. One kilo of the good stuff. I was saved. Drove home, and made some fantastic brew in my espresso machine and we did not get infected.
Played a lot of Board Games, became a sixth grade teacher for the second time of the year, and we survived our first joined family quarantine with a great coffee and managed to increase my latte making skillset.
All things considered, not bad for a depressing situation. We decided to take things on with a positive spin and with the help and supply of great coffee we did just that.