When I was a waitress, my favourite piece of preparatory work was preparing the coffee. This entailed, first thing in the morning, not only brewing enough coffee to get the day started for a large herd of people departing for the next destination on their Alaskan cruise itinerary, but also opening a number of single-pot packages of coffee grinds, pouring them into filters and stacking them for use throughout the morning.
It was a menial task, but I enjoyed it because of the smell.
When you open a new package of coffee – the moment you break that freshness seal – you trigger a gentle, tiny explosion of pent-up olfactory awesomeness, and this only happens once per package. When you open a new package of coffee, you unleash a wave of the richest, freshest and robustest aroma that you’ll ever get from that package. For this reason, being the one opening a new package of coffee is awesome.