Thank You Goat!

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How do you start your day?

I know most of my friends start their day by going through their phone – checking their calendars, scanning their Facebook news feed, and reading their emails.

As for me, I like to start my day with a cup of coffee. The sweet aroma of coffee wakes up my senses, and it makes me feel energized, and charged up to start the day.

Over the years, I have noticed that drinking coffee has become a popular thing, and most people get their caffeine fix by visiting one of their favorite coffee shops rather than enjoying it at home. As for me, I did not join the bandwagon. I still brew my own cup, and savor the taste right in my own kitchen.

Coffee And Me Time

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Don’t get me wrong because I guess after 10-15 minutes of enjoying my cup of joe, I also do the same thing! Check my calendar, Facebook or Twitter. It’s just that my daily routine starts with coffee before anything else!

Currently, the coffee blend that I have is from Ethiopia. I think this is the first time that I’ve tried the coffee beans from this country. I have been drinking this for the past two weeks and I love the boldness, and sweetness that this coffee has. It was given to me by a friend when he visited the country a few months ago.

To be quite honest, I don’t know that much about the country. Call me ignorant, but I didn’t even know that coffee came from Ethiopia! Now, I am not sure if my friend was indulging me with this blend because he knew I love coffee, or if he’s making fun of me for not knowing much. I have to ask him about it the next time I see him.

Well, Jim (that’s the name of my friend) did give me a few brochures to read about Ethiopia. I have scanned through the brochures, and would want to share the following information, just in case like me, you are not familiar with Ethiopia.  

 

Facts about Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia is the seventh largest producer of coffee in the world and the top producer in the African continent.
  • Coffee arabica originated from Ethiopia
  • Due to its shape, Ethiopia is also known as the “Horn of Africa”
  • Ethiopians are mostly farmers or herders

It seems this country has a lot to offer. According to The Wandering Trader website, Ethiopia has just come out of a communist state, and is also curious on what they can contribute to the world (aside from coffee). Currently, their main attractions are feeding hyenas (interesting), their version of the African safari, and a real world Camelot (a King Arthur castle, african style?).

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I am pretty sure that in time, there will be a few more tourist hot spots that will emerge in this country, but I do hope that they don’t stop producing coffee, because it really tastes good. I feel like I need to check with Jim when his next flight to Ethiopia is so that I can ask him to get me more of their coffee… or maybe I can join him on his trip! Exciting! I wonder if he is free tonight so that I can tell him about my plan.  

Oh! I also saw a fun fact on how coffee was discovered! A goat herder was actually the first to discover coffee, or should I say it was his goat! Lol! The herder noticed that when his goat started eating the leaves of the coffee plant, he observed that the goat was more energized than it usually was. See, even the goat felt the kick of caffeine! I have to thank this goat, and his master for making this discovery!

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I just can’t imagine life without coffee. Can you?   

 

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