THIS COFFEE IS DECAF
Legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi in Abyssinia, now known as Ethiopia, discovered coffee. Kaldi had become acutely aware his goats danced excitedly after eating the bright red berries off the coffee bush. Soon after, Kaldi tasted them as well and was surprised to find he was enjoying the stimulating effect they had on him. One day a tired monk walked passed Kaldi on his way to prayers and noticed the excitement the boy and his goats expressed. He too tried the beans, and then went to share them with the other monks in the monastery who were impressed that they could now stay alert and awake all night for prayers. The monks, thinking the beans might be evil, threw the beans in the fire but quickly took notice of the amazing aroma they released. The beans were then boiled to release any supposed residual evil and again, the monks observed the heavenly scent that was released from the beans. Convinced that the beans were not evil, they drank the water in which the beans had been boiled in and were the first to savor the taste in which we now know as coffee, the warm, delicious, and stimulating beverage.
It's a fun and interesting legend, which may not be far from the truth. Botanical evidence does pin point that coffee did originate in central Ethiopia. Five centuries later, the stubborn, self-reliant plant still grows wild there, in the shade, underneath the protective ceiling of the rainforest trees. Throughout the many years, not much has changed. Just as the coffee tree has been able to remain true to itself because it is ability to self-pollinate, the coffee is still produced in the most uncomplicated and straight forward way it was hundreds of years ago.
Harvesting coffee is mostly done by family labor, as 35% of the coffee grown in this region is "garden coffee" meaning it is grown in the vicinity of farmersí residences. That number is growing with the spread of knowledge into the southwest region. With most of the coffee grown by smallholders who fertilize with organic waste, 95% of coffee produced under this system is organic. Only state owned plantations, about 5% of the Ethiopian coffee production, uses chemical fertilizers and herbicides.
Ethiopian Longberry is stimulating to the senses, and is agreeably one of the finest gourmet coffees in all of Africa. You can expect a light to medium body and brilliant acidity. This Longberry is bursting with complex floral, berry, and citrus notes. Bunna, as coffee is called in Amharic, a native Ethiopian language, is naturally suitable in Ethiopia. Copious rainfall, suitable altitude, favorable temperatures, and fertile soil make one realize that coffee is natures offering to Ethiopia and in turn, Ethiopia's offering to the world.
The country of Ethiopia is economically one of the poorest countries in the world, but it demonstrates the world's absolute richest coffee cultures. While most of the coffee is grown on .5 hectare with the family doing most of the work, neighbors gather several times per day to ceremoniously roast, grind, and brew coffee while sharing local gossip. This ceremony may take place anywhere in the region that you may be, but never as authentic as it is on the plantation. The result is always the same, a marvelous cup of coffee and a reminder for us to give value to each other and enrich our lives through conversation.
Although there is always work to be done, guests are never to leave short of three cups of coffee. Important enough to be named they are...Abol the first, Tona is the second cup and Baraka is the third and most important cup. It is believed that the third round of rich, freshly roasted coffee completes the blessing that is the transformation of your spirit.
Recent studies in other areas of the world may just be catching up to what the Ethiopians have known for some time. A thirteen-year Japanese study discovered that 1 or more cups of coffee per day may decrease your chances of cancer of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus by half compared with those who did not drink coffee. In a 24-year study, it was found that women who drank 2-3 cups per month were 19% less likely to have a stroke than those who had less than 1 cup per month. Three cups of coffee per day showed that middle-aged men were 65% less likely to have dementia or Alzheimer's by their mid-sixties to seventies.
Researchers believe that high levels of Polyphenols, an inflammation-fighting antioxidant, may be the answer to all the wonderful things the coffee bean can do for our health. Ethiopians however, have been celebrating quality coffee with quality time, three times a day, for centuries. Bringing together the medicinal properties of the coffee bean with the health benefits of human connection, Ethiopians incorporate balance in all respects, from the seedling planted in the earth to the transformation of your spirit as you swallow that last bit of goodness in your third cup.
Ethiopia Longberry is the derivation of all coffees in the world. Longberry denotes the finest sorted Ethiopian coffee beans, and is one of the best African coffees available. You can buy Decaf Ethiopian Longberry and celebrate the history and rich coffee culture with each freshly brewed cup.
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