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"Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice." Henry Ford

That's a quote that I'm rather fond of and I've always found to ring true in my own life.  Whether it's building a house, fixing your car or literally chopping your own wood, there is an added element of satisfaction that goes along with doing something for yourself, where most folks would have someone else do it for them.

Having grown up in Northern Ontario, I've always had a DIY mentality.  In fact, one of the hardest things I've had to learn to do, over the years, is to delegate tasks to others.  But whenever I can, I still love to do things myself.  Sure a "professional" might get the job done faster, better and maybe even cheaper, but there is something special about doing it yourself.

Take our esteemed corporate headquarters at Porter Lake (pictured above) for example. It's a bit rickety and might not be the prettiest cabin ever built, but it has a warmth and character to it that money just can't buy.

Same goes for coffee.

You can take the utilitarian approach and get a caffeine hit at the drive thru.  Sure, it gets the job done but the user experience and final product is lackluster to say the least.

You can go to a nice independent cafe that uses locally roasted, high quality beans and serves up something delicious and near magical.  That's a great customer experience and you get to be part of the cafe community at the same time.  It's hard to beat!

But maybe you should try your hand at making great coffee yourself?  It'll take a small investment to get started (you'll need a grinder, a coffee/espresso maker and some good beans) and a bit of time each day to hone your skills, but after a week of experimenting with the grind, the tamp, the squeeze, etc. you'll be making REALLY good coffee.  The best thing is that you'll not only enjoy the fruit of your labour, but you'll also get the satisfaction and sense of mastery that comes along with the added effort of doing it yourself. 



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