Gjusta Coffee

Gjusta Coffee

A little while ago, I received my first thank you present as a note of gratitude for my work. It was a touching moment. As I mentioned back then, I did not care what was inside that box. It could have been an empty box for all I cared. I was just thankful that someone appreciated my work enough to go out of their way to get me something — even if it was just an empty box. That said, it was not, an empty box.

The box was a Gjusta gift set that, among other things, contained some freshly roasted coffee beans that I was beyond excited to try! The only problem, I did not own a coffee grinder — until now.

Admittedly, for someone who loves coffee, I was surprised to realize that I did not own a coffee grinder. I have always purchased freshly ground coffee or used the grinders at the supermarket to grind my beans upon purchasing them. That said, and regardless of how I acquire my coffee beans, I do have high standards when it comes to how I brew my coffee.

I know that currently there is a fascination with Chemex’s pour-over coffee, but for me there will never be a cup quite as delectable as that which is brewed with a French Press — call me old fashioned, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So I ground my coffee, mixed it with some hot water in my French Press, and waited 4 minutes.

Review: Flavor. If I had to describe this cup with just one word, it would be flavor. Every note of dark chocolate, toasted almonds, and blackberries shines through each and every sip. This coffee is bright, crisp, and unbelievably mouthwatering. Sip after sip, this cup makes a presence, one that beckons your attention and commands authority. Suddenly, I realized something peculiar about this cup. It was effectively a cup of Blue Bottle’s New Orleans coffee — my absolute favorite commercially available coffee in the United States. Needless to say, I was impressed.

Unfortunately, I do not know how much this coffee costs — because, it was a present. However, after tasting this superior cup of what can only be described as the nectar of the gods, I will be sure to visit Gjusta’s store in Venice, CA. Perhaps upon learning it’s price I may reevaluate this coffee, but as of right now, it stands among the highest rated thus far. The Ramdolfi Score: 9/10.

Tell me, have you ever had Gjusta coffee? Do you grind your own coffee, or do you buy it ground? Are you a French Press person, or do you have a different method of choice?

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Sanuki No Sato Japanese Restaurant

Sanuki No Sato Japanese Restaurant

This week my entire team at the office was treated to lunch at a Japanese restaurant near Torrance, CA. The reason? Our boss was in town! The details are complicated, but the bottom line is that he is a multinational manager who spends most of his time abroad. In fact, I have been working at my startup for almost 5 months, and just now am I meeting our boss — well, my boss’ boss’ boss to be precise.

We went to Sanuki No Sato, an authentic Japanese restaurant where we had the privilege to dine in a private room for which we were required to take off our shoes. We entered the room by stepping over the raised platform that would become our seats. I had never had a dining experience like this. It was comfortable, relaxing, and intimate. It was different, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I especially enjoyed the food — I ordered the Sashimi, which I only even recognized from an episode of Master Chef I had recently watched. It was delicious!

It has been a fantastic few days at work lately! First I received my first present at work, and now I get treated out for lunch! Like most people in the workforce, I am faced with negatives every day, perhaps more so given the nature of my job, and yet my outlook addresses most of these. However, it is nice to have true positives every once in a while.

Tell me, what is the latest positive in your life? Do you eat out for lunch often, or do you pack your own meals? Have you ever tried sashimi?

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Gjusta Coffee and a note about Gratitude

Gjusta Coffee and a note about Gratitude

As I begin to type, I realize that I am not sure if this review is entirely about coffee, or if it’s more about gratitude. Allow me to explain. I work in U.S. Immigration Law. I have been in the field professionally for about half a decade, and in one way or another, have had a connection with it my entire life — but more on that later.

My job is complicated, to properly explain what I do would take dozens of blog posts — and perhaps someday I’ll write them. But for today’s story, all you have to know is that a part of what I do includes providing foreign nationals with permanent residences, more commonly known as “green cards.”

In all of my years in immigration, and after the hundreds of cases I have processed, I had never received a thank you present — until this week. I should mention that I have received emails thanking me for my work. Although even if I hadn’t, ultimately it is my job, and I do believe that a job well done is its own reward. But presents, those are reserved for partners at law firms.

Still, yesterday when I arrived at my desk I found a box. A coworker then explained that a foreign national was looking for me with regards to his recently issued green card. In an instant I realized what it was, a tangible manifestation of their gratitude. It was touching. Honestly, at that moment I did not care what was inside that box. It could have been empty for all I care. I was just thankful that someone appreciated my work enough to go out of their way to get me something — even if it was just an empty box. That said, it was not, an empty box.

The box was a gift set from Gjusta, an artisanal bakery in Venice, CA that I had admittedly not previously heard about — but I am now stoked to check it out! The box included some seasonal espresso coffee beans, walnut honey, and my new favorite hipster mug. I cannot wait for the weekend to go purchase a coffee grinder and try this delicious-sounding coffee. The Ramdolfi Score of Gratitude: 10/10.

Tell me, have you ever been thanked for your work? Have you ever thanked anyone for their work? Do you grind your own coffee beans, or do you prefer to buy ground coffee?

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