Two weeks ago, the local coffee bean micro-roaster had limited availability. I know there were options. My loyalty is grounded in the consistency of coffee bean quality and roast that is combined with a great price point. As I checked in yesterday, the immediate supply problem no longer existed! As I considered my options, I found myself thinking through the lessons at hand.
There is a wide range and supply of coffee available in most places in the world. There are different nuances to the beans, my preference has trended to Central American beans with nut and chocolate notes. Having said that, a great coffee of any origin is, for me, a reflective way of starting the day. Even as I enjoy one this morning, I find myself drifting into an old observation; “How could it be otherwise since there is only one God? God sets right all who welcome his action and enter into it, both those who follow our religious system and those who have never heard of our religion.” (Romans 3.30). Any and everyone has the coffee experience opportunity.
Coffee notes are relevant though they are often misunderstood. I know those who see the coffee notes as a measuring degree of purity. How closely do the notes reflect the original African bean? I have come to appreciate that within the original bean were notes that few initially imagined. With time, different soils, climates, and altitudes have revealed different perspectives of the bean. No one perspective is complete.
Diversity strengthens sustainability. There are benefits to developing threat-resistant varieties. There are opportunities that only emerge with blends and roasting options. By opening oneself up to a great story, one can experience very different perspectives. Each encounter reveals, informs, and clarifies.
It was good to wake up knowing I had a choice in how I embraced the day ahead. The medium roast Brazil bean prepared in a French press set the stage for my reflection. It is always a great way to experience a view of Divinity, especially in the knowledge others can do the same.