As I have recently joined the forum, I thought I would post my coffee journey to date:
After leaving University and starting a real job, I was drinking freeze-dried, standard cheap coffee from the supermarkets.
I soon started drinking the slightly more 'expensive' brands/versions, typically stuff with higher strength ratings (little did I know!).
I then spent 3-4 years drinking Nespresso pods at home, with a penchant for the stronger, more intense pods.
At the end of last year I finally bought a Espresso Machine (Sage Barista Express).
I soon started buying freshly roasted beans from various UK roasters every 2 weeks to maintain freshness.
I have also purchased a Aeropress, which I haven't given sufficient use as I love pulling espresso's from my machine and I haven't managed to change my workday coffee habits (cheap Aldi pre-ground barista stuff which I actually like).
This week I have pulled the trigger on a Niche Zero grinder, awaiting delivery next week.
I have also been trying to immerse myself in this forum, r/coffee and r/espresso on reddit, and am reading The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffman and The Coffee Roaster's Companion by Scott Rao.
Who knows what the future holds for my coffee journey . . . . . I am already considering upgrading my machine, with ideas of a Decent machine or something similar. I am also considering getting into home roasting.
Anyway, it's great to join this community!