Coffee & Beverage Aficionados

Here is a blog about a favorite topic: “coffee,” tea and other hot beverages. While the authors interests in coffee is quite serious, it is based on the practical interest of consuming coffee and making it. The mug shown below of course could be suitable for tea, herbal tea or other beverages.

The word aficionado features here in this article, and could well be a good topic to discuss over a hot beverage as it cuts straight into so many aspects of who we are.

Since the world “aficionado” caused so much trouble for the author–the first published article on this topic contained spelling errors–it has been given its own section here. That section attempts to define what the word aficionado means. The author is not an aficionado of (that interested in) the word “aficionado,” but realizes it just happens to be the heading of this article, and it seems to be of common use in the coffee industry–okay the sound of the word “aficionado” does sound cool on occasions.

Aficionado is not an easy topic to discuss as it involves several topics that define who we are in our society as well as personal things about ourselves:

  • Who we are, and what we believe our society thinks of us
  • Law
  • Business, and how businesses view:
    • customers
    • employees
    • manages and bosses
    • people who are not customers
    • other businesses
    • the government, tax, and laws
  • Our perception of what is productive and what is not productive
  • Addictions and/or Needs
  • Abstract words like
    • interests
    • fan of
    • liking
  • Personal things we do for free, such as taking care of ourselves, our family and the household that don’t seem to be appreciated by the economy–because it’s not a money generating activity, but it’s still critical to the functioning and well being of our society.

Bucked By The Star

And here is a picture from that blog:

Picture of a mug with a heart shaped handle

Love That Beverage

Shortened link to this article: Heart shaped coffee mug:

Notes on the word aficionado

Aficionado describes someone who is an supporter, inspired by, takes a liking to, or a fan of something. Someone who likes to know about something.

The controversy of this word might come from the fact that this word is Spanish and aficionado can also have a alternative meaning: “someone who supports bullfighting.”

Notes on the word aficionado–not referenced, personal opinion

Aficionado should probably not be used as a common word. It can add character to some things like coffee, tea and those who love to drink hot beverages it for example. A more standard English word if used in the confines of this particular article would be student of, skilled–skilled crafts-person for example, in the business of, an expert on (or an expert about), knowledge of, experienced in.

In business the word hobby applies in a legal sense to someone who does something and does not earn any money and/or makes a loss for a certain amount of time–often related to several taxation periods. This has nothing to do with being an aficionado, it’s simply a legal definition of the world hobby.

Hobby also has another non-commercial definition, that is a task someone likes to do; which might be to take an interest or liking to something for example.

For those aficionados who do things for entertainment value–the entertainment value being more important then the actual materials or activities being undertaken; or those aficionados who do something out of habit or addiction: then perhaps the word “hobby” might be a better word to use. The word habit or addiction tends to have a negative quality so would only be used in such cases if one wanted to be critical of the person, activity or material.

If you intend to make money by doing some activity, you may want to check out what words you are not allowed to use–or in a more restrictive sense what words you are allowed to use.

Aficionado can also describe people who take a liking or interest in something in a non professional way (professional referring to getting trained by a master or through formal education in modern times).

Masters, Formal Education, and possibly those who believe in being legally recognized might consider such interests and study as futile as they lead nowhere professionally. The author would not go as far as to say such interests don’t contribute to the economy–since they clearly do in various cases; we all do stuff for free, or costs us money that’s critical to running our household for example.

There are of course two types of people that take non-formal education:

  1. those who are not really serious about the topic of interest, which again has several meanings:
      1. Addicted to, or need something like coffee for various reasons, so that interest might be based on entertainment value or cost considerations rather then the actual thing that is said to be of interest (such as coffee). If cost were of primary consideration, then the true interest might not be the coffee, but an interest in the names and locations of retailers who sell the cheapest coffee. If the interest is in entertainment, it might include making fun of coffee aficionados or finding out about the retailers who provide a fun and social place to drink coffee rather then the coffee itself–such people’s “interests in coffee” might be represented by blindly quoting the sales pitch of the retailer: “they sell the best fresh coffee in town.”
      2. A person who is truly interested, a fan of something, but has little time or finances to devote to learning about or becoming more skilled in the topic of interest.
  2. Those who are very interested in something and pursue that interest with a passion. Such people might not want to learn from a Master or go to school and decide to learn about the topic of interest by themselves. Some of these people may indeed become masters or the topic or thing of interest… they may even become skilled enough to teach others.

The author first heard of the word aficionado from Greek or possibly Italian sources and it was attached to the word coffee.

It’s suspected that in the Greek or Italian context, the word aficionado might refer to someone who is an amateur–obviously it takes a lot of formal education, and formally recognized certificates to become a real good coffee maker. Thus aficionado might refer to non-qualified customers and unqualified coffee makers that work in the business.

Currently it’s uncertain if some Greeks and/or Italians would like the world aficionado spelt differently–possibly using the older Latin spelling.

Link to this article: Heart shaped coffee mug [article]:

Alternative link to this article: Coffee and Beverage Aficionados [article]:

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