Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Opus 2016-261: Pseudo-Coffee Snobbery

I am currently enjoying two coffees bought for my by my daughter.  They come from a boutique coffee roaster, La Dolce Grind, that seems to only roast when an order is in and paid for.  I went on line and could not get past the search for a “local coffee broker”.  Even the click on the “product” link took me to that search.  My daughter knew someone who liked their coffee and somehow found such a person.  I know it is classy coffee because it comes with a roast date hand written on the label.

As I said, I am enjoying what she had roasted just for me.  What got me thinking was the label I was reading when I was waiting for my current cup to brew.  I got to thinking about all the hoopla around coffee and how much of it escapes notice.  For instance one bag was labeled “Brazilian”.  That is not much of a recommendation because my reading had already told me that Brazil is the largest producer of the cheap coffee that goes into generic brands.  There are only a few beans that are considered top notch.  One is Brazilian Santos, which I was able to buy and brew in Maryland but have not seen on the west coast.  Santos is good coffee.  This is good coffee so I assume it is Santos or a blend.

The other was labeled “African Rwanda”.  Now I wonder, “Where else would Rwandan coffee come from?  Brooklyn?  Beverly Hills?”  The only Rwanda I know of is a country in Africa famous for genocide.  I have had Rwandan coffee before, again in Maryland, and that coffee had a specific estate listed.  It isn’t so much the country of origin but where in the country it is grown that makes for the better coffees.

Of course you could be one of those people who don’t like coffee.  Been there, done that.  But I enjoy it now without worrying too much about all the snob stuff except in a hobby sense.  I am to coffee like I am to working with my hands:  I can explain the theory but I am not sure I can really tell the difference.  I can explain how a car engine works but I can’t fix one. 

So remember that Rwanda is in Africa, Brazil is in South America and coffee should be in your cup.

homo unius libri

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