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I like my coffee, so much so that I buy green beans in bulk and roast them myself. That way I get the freshest coffee, and I can roast it the way I like.
I buy green beans in bulk from Green Beanery in Toronto, (if you are in the USA, take a look at Sweet Maria's) the cost is around one tenth the price of roasted coffee you buy in a store. Roasting is the point in the process where the coffee companies add value, or at least add to the price you pay. You can get a coffee roaster that looks like a popcorn machine for around $70, and I would recommend it if you want to increase the enjoyment of your coffee and reduce your costs at the same time.
Also note that once roasted, the coffee starts to lose its flavor within 5 days, so the packet you buy in a store could be weeks old. There is no comparison to coffee you just roasted that day.
So, that explains the coffee, but what about the link I mentioned in the title? Well, until recently I was just using Google Adsense for monetizing some of my web sites.
Things were going well, and revenue was steadily increasing. I have since started selling links, on a monthly and yearly basis, both on specific pages and site wide. It represented a welcomed quantum jump in revenue.
Some of that income goes into my Paypal account, and due to the fluctuations in the exchange rates I keep it in US dollars. Recently it was time to buy some more bulk green beans, 50 lbs this time, and I noticed the vendor I use accepts paypal. Woohoo! - So I used some of my income from selling a text link to pay for my coffee.
The coffee arrived the other day, in two large boxes. I look at those boxes and think to myself, "those boxes were the result of a single link I sold on one of my websites." It is a tangible reminder, at least until I drink it. Then it will be a tasty reminder.
Until next time.
P.S. If you are interested in getting a link on Big Dreams, click here.
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