I know. What could I possibly say about coffee that hasn’t already been said? Why even write about it? Here’s what happened. It was a difficult day. A good friend suggested we go to Starbuck’s. An offer I couldn’t refuse. Even though I only have one cup a day, it lifts my spirits and my brain loves it. After returning home, I reflected on how one simple cup of coffee was such a game changer. Naturally, I consulted Professor Google for all sorts of info about coffee. I found some of the most fascinating material on the National Coffee Association web site. For instance, they sited a number of legends about the origin of coffee. One disturbing account was how coffee was discovered in Ethiopia by a goat herder named Kaldi. He observed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, the goats stayed up all night. Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread. (If you read my blog about goats, you will understand my chagrin about this legend. Furthermore, goats and coffee should never appear together in the same sentence. Just saying.)
Another bit of history which caught my attention was during the 17th century, across Europe Coffee began to replace the common breakfast drink beverages, beer and wine. Those who drank coffee instead of alcohol began the day alert and energized, and not surprisingly, the quality of their work was greatly improved. Go figure.
If you enjoy delving into the what, when, where, how of things, I recommend a visit to ncausa.org or coffeeconfidential.org. For now I will wrap this up with a few coffee quotes.
I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon. Ronald Reagan
Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze? Jean Kerr
Decaffeinated coffee is like a hairless cat, it exists, but that doesn’t make it right. Unknown
Drink coffee! Do Stupid Things Faster with More Energy. Unknown
Caffeine - the other Vitamin C. Unknown
Conscience keeps more people awake than coffee. Unknown
The majority of coffee quotes I read on the internet were credited to Unknown. Sure hope Mr. or Ms. Unknown is not writing these quips as a day job. Do you suppose Mr. or Ms. Unknown could be the wordsmith behind greeting card messages? You never know.
Comments are welcomed.