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National Coffee Day!

September 29, 2019


My day started off a bit earlier than normal as family was visiting and I wanted to be alert and ready.  So the coffee pot was on and brewing away as the aroma wafted about on a rainy, gray morning.  As I made Blueberry Crumble for myself, and then a different blend for the company later in the day, I knew it was all good.

Because today is National Coffee Day!!

My days of loving coffee started when I would go to my grandparents across the road from where I lived as a boy.  Grandpa would snack before doing afternoon chores, and since I wanted to help throw the corn to the pigs I would sit at Grandma’s table and ask for some of the coffee that was being served.  I wanted to be like the adults, and so in a cup that was far more milk than the coffee, I had my first java experience.  Grandma always told me coffee would stunt my growth but in time the ratio of coffee to milk soon ran more in my favor and in time I was drinking it black.

Meanwhile, at home my parents had a glass percolator maker that had a metal insert for the grounds.  Regardless of the type of maker or where the cup was served one thing was always constant in my life about coffee.  The best conversations and memories have often surrounded drinking a mug of coffee.

Legend has it that coffee’s great potential was discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder who noticed how happy his goats were after eating the coffee berry. After he alerted local monks, word about the berry’s effects spread quickly, eventually reaching the Arabian Peninsula where it began to become the social touchstone that it is today.

I trust your steaming coffee mug was a nice part of your day, too.

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