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I have been a coffee lover since childhood. I fondly remember waking up to the coffee aroma steaming from my parents’ perculator early every morning.
As I started research for this blog, I learned a bit about coffee. I want my life to resemble a strong, rich cup of that black gold.
Getting the beans to the cup is a process. The coffee berries ripen on the bush, just as I must “ripen” = mature (Hence the name: Maturitas is “maturity” in Latin). Since the coffee plant and berries are often attacked by numerous pests (over 900 beetles, mites & snails), they must receive care – special treatments, environment management, and pruning. I also experience attacks during my maturing process and need to protect, change, and “cut” in order to grow. It is an investment in the final product.
Coffee growers harvest the seeds. They pick the ripe, red seeds traditionally by hand, ferment them to remove the flesh, dry them, and then roast them. This reminds me of how God chooses me and takes me through my life’s trials and “fires”. Laborers roast the berries with different methods at varying degrees depending on the desired flavor. Isn’t it interesting how God has individually designed each of our lives since we are each a unique creation?
Next, the berries are ground. A burr mill uses revolving elements to shear the bean; an electric grinder smashes the beans with blunt blades moving at a high speed, and a mortar and pestle crushes the beans (Sometimes I feel like I am in a burr mill or mortar!), and they are finally brewed. Don’t you find that the most authentic and attractive people have been “broken” and “washed” through the experiences of their lives?
Finally the barista prepares the coffee, and we enjoy it in a variety of ways – best together with others… bringing energy and pleasure to many. I personally like my coffee black and bold.
How do you like your coffee?
What is it that you want to represent your life?