Morning Coffee Rituals?

I am reading a book called Javatrekker, by Dean Cycon, founder and owner of Dean’s Beans. Cycon is a combination of coffee buyer/roaster and social activist. He travels to the most remote coffee farms, farms no other coffee buyer has ever visited, in order to determine how to best filter the profits made from coffee back to the farmers who grow it. In the process he has helped transform lives.

I’ll be talking more about what I am learning from Javatrekker, I’m sure. But at the moment it is first thing in the morning and I’m pondering a ritual Dean participated in with Ethiopian coffee farmers. It is tradition, in this part of Ethiopia, for everyone to begin their day with three cups of their coffee. They roast the beans in a pan, grind them, and then brew them for all the family. They drink the first cup and everyone says “Good Coffee!” (in whatever language they speak! I don’t have the book in front of me to give you the Amharic words!). They drink a second round, and then a third. After the third they pronounce a blessing and everyone heads off for their day’s activities.

I can relate to this morning ritual! I loved the visual picture of everyone sitting around, impatiently waiting for that first cup so they can pronounce it good. We Americans are such a young society, relatively speaking, and we don’t have much time or patience for rituals. When I read about one like this, I think that perhaps we are poorer because of it.

Watch this video of Dean Cycon while I go enjoy my cup of “Good Coffee!”

By Marla Saunders

I am passionately devoted to living my life in the places God has given me. Over the years those places have changed: from homeschooler to businesswoman, from consumer to storyteller. These days I'm focusing on building a new business and figuring out what it means to do everything with integrity and informed by faith.