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Foraging for Flavor: Coffee - a sense of community in every cup

Foraging for Flavor: Coffee - a sense of community in every cup

My grandfather, a sea captain in the Merchant Marine, would stare out to the Pacific Ocean that was his backyard, smoking a wooden pipe while thoughtfully fingering the curled handlebar ends of his smoke-stained mustache. He always smelled of fresh grass, oranges, tobacco, the sea and a hint of Old Spice. Recently, these exact smells and the strong memory of my grandfather came at me in a sudden rush, inspired oddly enough by the aroma emanating from a cup of Ethiopian coffee. What is it about coffee that is so closely tied to our social culture, our memories of home or friends, and our expectations for how a day will unfold? Surely, it isn't just the connection between taste-bud...

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