i was contented with nescafe blend 43 for a whole 2 years. Disliked coffee as a beverage from the get go and only started consuming because boring work called for it and most of the work meetings involved coffee.
i think i must have acquired the taste in the past year or so when i began to discern how bad those $10 blends were compared to a nice cuppa, even from the chain cafe at the ground floor of my building.
i think the turning point was when the auditors bought me a flat white from the lowdown (one of the better cafes in Perth) and that totally blew me away I started patronizing since.
Bought a jura superauto in july thinking convenient coffee was actually a viable option but that couldn't even come close to satisfying my coffee craves in terms of strength or flavour, especially on those dreary monday mornings.
found coffeesnobs in august, decided to forego and save myself the upgrade misery of going through single boiler machines and went straight for a hx. Got a quickmill anita and baratza vario in september and i've been in coffee bliss since. Not looking back.