The Path of Invention

What I knew was that if you brewed your coffee at lower than boiling temperature it tasted sweeter. I had learned that from a little slip of paper that was packed in a Chemex coffee maker that we bought twenty years earlier.

Source: First Alan Adler Invented the Aerobie. Now He’s Created the Perfect Cup of Coffee — Backchannel — Medium

Alan Adler invented the Aeropress coffee maker, which really does make an amazing single cup of coffee, without knowing a damn thing about coffee.

The key to invention isn’t necessarily being a SME on something, but instead, being open to solving a problem. Adler noted that trying to make a single cup of coffee in a drip machine resulted in a poor experience. With the goal of making a better single cup of coffee, he became the SME.

If there is a problem that interests you, don’t exclude yourself from exploring it because you aren’t the most knowledgable person in the room on the topic.

Coffee Plantation

During our trip to Hawaii, we stopped by Kauai Coffee’s plantation. With over 4 million coffee trees using 28 million gallons of water a day, the wettest Hawaiian island has an expansive coffee presence. We did the self-guided tour, which wasn’t that interesting, showing off coffee trees and various machines related to the coffee growing process.

They have a gift shop, museum, and coffee stand on site for your enjoyment.