A Great Cup of Coffee

Those who know me know how much I love a good cup of coffee ( in fact, I am drinking one right now). For me, a good cup of coffee depends on how the word good is defined. A good cup of coffee isn’t a double double or a mocha, cappuccino, frappuccino,  or anything else that ends in “cino”. However, I will confess to an occasional cappuccino, but a double espresso with nothing in it is much better.

What then, by my definition makes a good cup of coffee? There are three things that make up a good cup of coffee. First, it must be strong.  The stronger it is the better I like it. Then it must be black — a friend of mine once expressed his love of coffee this way: “I love all that beautiful blackness going down to the depth of my soul”.  So it must be black — the blacker the better. Finally, no sugar or any other sweetener or flavourings should be added. Actually, there is one more thing that make coffee better and that is conversation with a friend because I believe conversation and coffee are made to go together.

Usually, I grind my own beans fresh every day and the blends have name such as “Kick Ass”, “Grizzly Claw”, and “454 Horsepower”. All of these are dark roast blends and all are wonderful to drink.

However, I do have my limits on the types of coffee that I will try. Usually I like to try different coffee blends, but there is one type of coffee that I am not willing to try anytime soon. It is called Kopi Luwak and it is the most expensive coffee in the world.It sells for anywhere from $120.00 to $600.00 per pound. It is found in places like Sumatra, Java and Bali.

What makes this coffee so special is how it is “processed”. The coffee “cherries” are first eaten by a cat-like creature called a Palm Civet. It lives in Indonesia. After going through the digestive system of the Civet and because the Civets cannot digest the beans, they are excreted whole and then are harvested from the scat (the poop) of the Civet. The digestive juices are said to give the coffee beans their unique flavour.

I don’t know about you, but eating or drinking a product that has been through the digestive system of an animal isn’t exactly my cup of tea — or maybe I should say my cup of coffee. In fact, I find the whole idea to be a little sickening; and this is in spite of people who say it is the best coffee they have ever tasted. If not the most expensive. Part of my problem is the image that I get of people picking through the Civet’s poop to harvest the beans — ugh! For some people that may make a great cup of coffee, but not for me, even though it is supposed to be very good coffee.

Perhaps you are going through a tough time right now. Maybe things feel a little rough and corrosive — almost as though you are being swallowed up, even digested by life. It would be easy for me to say to keep your chin and grin and bear it, but I’m not going to. There are times when life is just downright hard. It is when this happens that we must try and figure out what our priorities are and what is truly important to us. First and for most where God is in our lives. Is He a key player (through the Lord Jesus Christ) or is He on the periphery of our lives? How we answer this question will determine how we handle what life hands us. It doesn’t mean that everything will be golden and rosy, but will inform us where we can turn to in times of need. The result may be something totally unexpected.

So if it feels as though life is pooping on you, try to remember that the end product, like Kopi Luwak coffee, may be very, very good.


About faithfullyhis

My name is Charles Quail and I am a retired Baptist pastor who lives in Dunnville,a small town southeast of Hamilton, Ontario. I also write a weekly column for our local newspaper, The Sachem. It is a column that I have been writing for about eight years. I am married and have two grown daughters. My best buddy was my dog Max, who is now chasing bunny rabbits in sky. I miss him terribly. My reason for wanting to write a blog is friends have told me that this is the next logical step in my writing career. My hope and prayer is that many will be both challenged and blessed by what I write.
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