The timing seems right to give this hobby another good, honest go. I've been thinking that it would be fun to try this with my new outlook on life and see if that makes any difference. Mind you, I don't think there was anything particularly flawed with my outlook before, and I'm not sure the results will be any different. But I have no doubt that the process will be.
Perhaps the chief difference in the last four years is my re-evaluation of Starbucks. Ironically, I spent much more time in Starbucks stores circa 2007, but now enjoy their (by all measures vastly improved) product much more. A month or so ago, I got a cappuccino with latte art; I'll have to post a picture soon.
Too often, the local Milwaukee coffee seems to be like Ryan Braun against the Bad News Bears. Don't let me be right! I hope that the scene will become only more competitive and dynamic. Because Starbucks has become exactly that--in an evolution that will continue into next year with the introduction of the Blonde roast.