There are lots of things that I love. My Wife. My Daughter. Christ and His Church. Lost. The Office. And coffee. I really love coffee. At different times in my life I like to try and challenge myself and see if I can pull something off. So here I go. This week I’m going to attempt to do some posts under the title of The Gospel According to Coffee. It might take a while to get all my thoughts down so I am going to do this in two parts.
The process of making coffee is pretty easy. Simply put the beans grow in different parts of the world and are harvested in order to be made into coffee. And these beans are surprisingly called coffee beans! They are harvested green and then roasted so that they are chemically changed into little brown beans. Then they are then ground and mixed with hot water to produce coffee. Simple right?
Now I know there are a lot more steps and details that need to be included there, but really, do you want to read that on here when Wikipedia probably does a great job at explaining it? (here is proof) No you don’t – I didn’t think so.
The coffee bean doesn’t necessarily have a fun life from the perspective of a human. First, they are plucked off their plant and thrown in a dark bag with a bunch of others just like them. (Holocaust train rides anyone?) Next they are loaded into a roaster where they experience 20-30 minutes of being around temperatures of over 400 degrees. Then they are broken apart in a grinder till they are turned to almost dust. Lastly hot, scalding water is poured of them. And after the coffee is drank the coffee grounds are discarded.
Sounds like fun right? Wrong.
I know of someone else though who was put through a very rigorous and painful process. They too were beaten, bruised and taken out of the city to be “discarded.” The process was a common one for that day, much like the process of coffee is today. But the outcome of that event was much, much different.
And for that ancient painful experience I am very thankful.
Tune in Thursday to see part 2 of The Gospel According to Coffee.