While I was in Ethiopia just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tour a local coffee company’s warehouse. It was eye-opening to discover all that goes into the preparation and sale of this magic little bean. On the final leg of the tour, we entered the roasting room. This is where the real magic happens when it comes to coffee.
I’v e said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m really not that big of a coffee drinker. Unless I’m at an Ethiopian restaurant. Or attending a coffee ceremony. Or in Ethiopia itself.
Because coffee is in their blood. It soaks into every part of their culture. If anyone knows how to roast a coffee bean, it’s the people who discovered the coffee bean itself.
So when I walked into the room on the final leg of the coffee warehouse tour, I was greeted by a giant barrel of roasting coffee beans. When the caretaker of the beans opened the barrel, the most amazing aroma filled my nose and my mouth and my lungs. You have never smelled awesome until you’ve smelled freshly-roasted Abyssinian coffee beans.
I don’t think words can describe how amazing the experience actually is.
It’s pretty close to perfection. It’s almost heavenly.
And I’m counting down the days until I can smell the fresh-roasted Abyssinian bean live and in-person again. I’ll be able to in just a few weeks. And I’m pretty excited about it.
Here’s today’s ThinkKit prompt. OK, this is from a few days ago. I’m running behind. So sue me:
Scents have the power to take us all kinds of places. What smell takes you somewhere else? Where’d you go?
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