are we also coffee connoisseurs? Or wine enthusiasts?

I was thinking when I made my espresso this morning.

But maybe enjoying music (and passionately committing to the rituals and the environment conducive to enjoying music) has more to do with wine? Scotch? Cognac?

or do you ears work best when....?


Gongfu cha. (Kungfu tea - the Chinese art of tea drinking).

Many of our audio get togethers turned into tea ceremony marathons over the past 20 years... ;) Been infected by a fellow audiophile...  It's absolutely beautiful. I have a modest collection of clay tea pots, about 10 or so. My tea Sifu has an entire wall covered with claypots.... and these are small to tiny pots... each pot dedicated to a single tea. Gongu cha is way stronger than espresso, not for the faint of heart. Cheers! ; 

Well I can't drink regular coffee anymore. Decaf only. But I do enjoy wine. Does anyone think the coffee could be improved by switching out the power cable to the Nespresso? Please, I couldn't resist a joke....

Grislybutter: You are thinking of the Croatian wine master Mike Grgich. He did a huge amount of work (uncredited) putting California wines where they are today.

Croatian reds, b.t.w., can be astonishingly good.

I am particular about coffee--enough to grind the beans of carefully chosen brands.

I am definitely a wine connoisseur, preferring California wines and being highly selective about them.

But I don't rely on either of these for listening to music, particularly.  On the other hand, cannabis can certainly elevate musical enjoyment, so I sometimes partake of that for a listening session.

French roast.  Grew up around a percolator that was Always at hand. 

Wine?  Prefer reds....  Beer, IPA's mostly.

Hemp at whatever level of astonishment...spouse can't even tell when I've 'been there', except my sense of humour tends obscure...which is normal for me, anyway.

Have sampled nearly everything else you can think of.

Been 'under the radar' most of my life.

We all have our 'pref's'... ;)