As you may or may not know, we are having a baby. A home birth. Which I’m sure has raised some questions in your mind by now. I’d like to address some of these and walk everyone through my answers to the home birth process with coffee”
- “Joel, how are you going to ensure access to high quality coffee during the home birth process?”Initially I was planning on setting up a mini coffee bar in the the master bathroom, with my hot water boiler, a french press and the bean grinder. I had planned on bringing the french press into the game first instead of the Aeropress due to the higher volume of coffee I can make with my french press (8 cups vs ~1 cup). Also the midwives would have had access to a couple cups as well as we worked through the birthing process.Unfortunately to my chagrin, my lovely wife found this initial plan to be pretty offensive.
So I went back to the drawing board and decided to shave down my plan. Once active labor begins, I will make a quick hot water run out in the kitchen, grind the beans and put it in the french press and bring the press back. I won’t have the capability to continue to brew as I’ll be staying with my lovely woman to do the whole supportive husband thing, but I would have 8 cups of coffee to carry me through.
This idea was recently dismissed by my girl as well…unfortunately, the getting up to pour coffee thing wouldn’t be relaxing given the situation.
I have since resorted to Plan C…which is, once active labor begins, brew a full french press, leave it on the kitchen counter. Grab the largest mug out of the cabinet, fill to the brim, and hope it keeps. My wifey has had very quick labor in the past (3-4 hours tops) so a good deep mug should be good enough.
- “What beans will you be brewing given that it is such a special occasion?” I have chosen Rwanada Mahembe from Starbucks Reserve. This baby is a Cup of Excellence winner, with tasting notes of “like candy,” orange, peach, honey and chocolate. It was priced at $40/8.8 oz. I just checked the Reserve site and it’s not even listed on there any more (it’s the bag in the top photo). Which means, this is a pretty rare cup. I wanted something special to brew to celebrate our Sophie’s arrival! Eeek, so excited. I also plan to Aeropress it after Soph gets here, since such a special bean deserves a special press.
- “Does your wife drink coffee?” Nope! Which means I don’t have to share! Yay!
So what do you think about my coffee birth plan?
Disclaimer: So if you don’t know me…this is really a joke post. Will there be coffee? Absolutely. Is it more important than being with my darling wife during birth? Probably not 😉 But yes, there will be coffee.