Tuesday, June 26, 2007

10 Bags

We got a shipment of coffee today, 10 bags, from Ethiopia and Sumatra. I think it's the coolest thing to know these were actually shipped from Sumatra and from Ethiopia! I know that may sound silly because ofcourse thats where they came from. But think about it, someone took the time to hand pick ripe berries from a tree and put them in a bag. Then they let them dry and stripped the berrie's fruit from the seed - which is the green coffee. They dried a little more and then were bagged into large burlap sacks weighing 130 lbs each, loaded onto trucks and taken to a dock. Then these beans took a long voyage across the sea, about two and a half months till they reach the shores of the US. The Sumatra took about a two months to get to Oakland California (Ethiopia took about two and a half months) and then traveled straight to Paradise Roasters in Ramsey MN, where a small, Lord of the Ring dwarfish looking man jumped from the cab of his truck and said:" you paradise?" "yup." And we started to unload a half a ton of green coffee beans from the truck. I then move a half a ton of coffee by myself from one side of the warehouse to the other, while nursing a 400 degree coffee eating monster inbetween.
So sit back and drink the wonderful fruit notes of Blue Batak and the mystery that always surprises me of Lake Tawar and imagine the adventure jounery the coffee took to your cup.

1 comment:

MamaBear said...

this sounds like your kind of job.

I'ts like a message in a bottle from a distant land... is there ever anything besides beans inside?