I think the most middle-class moment of my life happened over the weekend. I'll admit that there is probably some pretty stiff competition for this particular accolade, but I do think that this just about tops the lot.
You be the judge.
On Saturday afternoon, I was at the West Bridgford food & drink festival, it was a lovely sunny day and I was wearing my new, handcrafted lederhosen trousers and enjoying a pint of Brewdog Dead Pony Club pale ale, served from a mobile bar in the back of a horsebox called "Heston". As I enjoyed my beer, I sat in a small tent watching a demonstration by Nottingham hipster coffee experts, 200 Degrees. They were showing how different the same coffee can taste when prepared in different ways: in a aeropress and in a chemex. Each time, the guy carefully weighed out a measure of ground coffee and added hot water from a kettle with a really long spout, apparently designed to let you moisten the coffee filter just so... and to put in a weighed quantity of water too, before carefully timing how long the coffee steeped in the water before serving. The chemex coffee had a powerfully clean taste of hot water before the hit of coffee, which apparently some people like. For myself, I much preferred the taste of the coffee from the aeropress.
I took another sip of my pint and considered....and that's when it hit me: this was the most middle-class moment in my life.
There's time to top that yet, if I really put my mind to it. That bar can surely be raised even higher. It might be tough (the craft beer, the coffee...the lederhosen, for goodness sake....), but it's good to have a goal in your life, isn't it?
the die is set
14 hours ago