A fresh cup of hot coffee ...

Preparing a cup of coffee first thing in the morning is a ritual that I enjoy. It's a great way to start the day right. With slow, steady and deliberate movement, as I gradually come awake, the whole process can be almost like a meditation or a prayer. Step by step, from grinding the beans to pulling the perfect espresso shot (or shots), from frothing the milk to fixing the drink in a porcelain cup, and then, enjoying the quiet, lingering moments of sipping the delicious beverage—it sets a tone of calm determination that helps in meeting the challenges and surprises of the day.

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