Anyone who knows anything about me, knows I love coffee. I love coffee, but not indiscriminately. I call my passion “beyond the bean”.

Today is Monday and so it is I find myself working from home. I try to reserve Mondays for catching up on emails; writing; and other business related odds and ends. A bit unusual, I know, but I love Mondays! And I especially love starting my Mondays with a large mug of coffee.

 This particular morning offered the rare opportunity to muse over that first cup of the day. The rain here in Maine is making its presence known with sometimes a light drizzle and sometimes coming down with deliberate purpose, making a hot cuppa the obvious choice. Today my cup is filled with Ethiopia Amaro Gayo(organic). It is one of the smoothest coffees I’ve ever had. There’s a hint of fruit (blueberry?) that I think pulls up from the roots of its earthiness. Maybe that is what has grabbed my attention the most. Reminding me of my own roots connectivity with the earth’s purpose. 

Cocoa. That’s the finish. I have a first reaction of an artist splashing an earthy color of coffee on a clean canvas and as you gaze on it you get sucked in with this warm feeling like a down comforter. That’s what’s going on with your taste buds, as it blankets your mouth. You get the fruit at the front and the comfort of cocoa at the finish. There is a sense of serenity, one which allows you to envision the coffee grower, satisfied with his crop after a long journey. 

Of course, it is fairtrade certified, as that makes a difference to me with respect to quality and ethical treatment of the environment and the world’s people. 

Beyond the bean. 

What’s in your cup? 

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