Coffee from St. Helena and Yemen
Popped by Geisha Specialty Coffee (facebook) at Burlington Square after lunch near a client’s office and enjoyed two pour-overs:
a cup of St. Helena from the island on which Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled:
St. Helena is a island in the South Atlantic Ocean which situated just above the Tropic of Capricorn, midway between Africa and America. Production is low, demand is high and the quality exceptional. It is called the most exclusive coffee in the world.
Producer: Sandy Bay Estate
Cultivar: Green-tipped Bourbon
Way of process: wash process
Flavour: Full and complex aroma, balance of ripe fruit.
– I liked its complexity, quite acidic at first but mellowing into mild toffee as the cup cooled. Not as fragrant as the Geisha; and
a cup of Yemen Mocha not quite like the previous one I’ve had – this one had the slight dry aroma of barbecued meat and was quite mellow from the start, ending with a somewhat yeasty note (like red wine, said Wang Tao). Again, the beans were harvested by traditional methods, sun-dried and then process with primitive implements (stones), leaving them disfigured and broken.
We spoke a bit about how wonderful it is that there are so many coffee beans in this world, each with their own characteristic taste. With all the fun i’ve gotten from grapes and barley and coffee beans these few months, it occurred to me that the Bible is slightly modest in describing the creation of vegetation with a mere two verses in Genesis 1:
And God said,”Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:11-12)
Then again, i suppose the Bible isn’t interested in providing encyclopedic information about the whole universe (and therefore, not about the Big Bang or dinosaurs or life on other planets etc); it is really quite focused on man’s persistent and critical problem (his inability to have a right relationship with his Maker), and the ultimate and only way to be saved from the dire eternal consequences of this.