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A Brief Reflection on Masculinity Over Morning Coffee

My grandfather liked Louis L’Amour novels and John Wayne movies. He had a romantic image of the American frontier, and I remember him having a specific fixation on strong cowboy camp coffee. He was certain that these men boiled their coffee into a black tar that they then drank, and would conjure this image almost every time he was served a cup of coffee he deemed too weak. I thought about this, stood over my French press, of a mind that this might be as close to that cowboy coffee as I’d be willing to get.