It seems inevitable that my first new blog would be about coffee. There are coffee houses on practically every corner. There are more coffee beverages than the average person can fathom. If you miss going to a coffee house for a month the rules for ordering may have changed.
Venti, Grande, Extra large, Double double, 2 shot and on and on. I am reminded of the Joe Fox quote from You’ve Got Mail.
“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.”
I admit that I am a member of the Starbucks program! I also frequent Tim Hortons and just about any other place that serves coffee.
With all the hoopla about coffee, have you ever wondered about where it all started?
Legend has it that coffee was actually discovered by goats!!!!!
One day Khaldi the goatherd noticed that his goats were dancing. They moved from one bush to another eating the red berries of the bush. Wanting to know what was making his goats so happy (or maybe he was just bored), Khaldi picked a few of the berries and ate them himself. Soon he was dancing along with his goats.
A monk came along and witnessed Khaldi dancing with his goats. He picked some berries and took them back for his brothers. The monks were amazingly alert to divine intervention that night.
Must have been one hell of a dance!
At the same time Khaldi and his goats were dancing, other African people were combining coffee beans with animal fat for their daily jolt.
In the 18th century in England “Penny Universities” sprang up. You paid a penny to get in. You then could have coffee, debate ideas, conduct business or even hear the latest news. The news was provided by runners that went from coffee shop to coffee shop announcing the latest news. The coffee was disgusting but the buzz it gave was worth the taste.
The interesting thing about these coffee houses was that anyone with a penny could come inside. This meant that ALL classes of people could meet and mingle. Of course that was any man with a penny. Women were excluded.
It was said that students spent more time in the “Penny Universities” than they did in classes. Sound familiar?
No matter what time period, it seems like coffee has always been a social drink.
Coffee is also good for you. It can be used in a pinch if you forget your asthma inhaler. Check out my blog here.