Bob Milliken

By Bob Milliken

Bob Milliken
Bob Milliken

It’s Christmas and what could be better at this time of year than a cup of great coffee. Not just any coffee, but coffee from Raintree Gourmet Coffee. My god friend Thomas Viccars, President of Raintree Goumet Coffees, says that every coffee lover would appreciate a coffee that has cupping notes indicating a taste of oranges and bourbon, has a gourmet rating of 85 (coffee is like wine), and is very low in acidity leaving no bitter after taste. According to Thomas …
1. Ledgend has it that, an Ethiopian goat herder noticed that whenever his goats munched on the bright red berries of an unusual tree on his property, they’d become euphoric and energized. So the goat herder did what any curious goat herder would do and tried some of the berries himself. It wasn’t long before he was dancing along with his herd – remember this is legend not fact.
2. A cup of coffee may be your preferred method of consumption, but coffee has not always been a liquid treat. According to some historians, the first African tribes to consume coffee did so by grinding the berries together, adding in some animal fat, and rolling these caffeinated treats into tiny edible balls of energy. It wasn’t until 1000 AD that the beans were turned into a beverage (a special wine, to be exact) rather than eaten as a berry (fruit).
3. The record holder for the title “oldest cat ever”—a cat named Crème Puff—lived to be 38 years and three days old. She drank coffee every morning of her life, plus bacon, eggs, and broccoli, too. Before you dismiss that as just an unrelated coincidence, consider this: the cat that Creme Puff beat out for the record—34-year-old Grandpa Rex Allen—had the same owner, and was fed the exact same diet.
4. Mocha is a port city on the Red Sea in Yemen. Until the 17th century, nearly all of the world’s coffee was produced in the Middle East and East Africa , and thanks to its ideal location for shipping, Mocha was the world’s top coffee marketplace. That is why “mocha” became shorthand for any top-flight coffee.
5. When coffee arrived in Europe in the 16th century, clergymen pressed for it to be banned and labeled Satanic. But Pope Clement VIII took a taste, declared it delicious, and even quipped that it should be baptized. On the strength of this papal blessing, coffeehouses rapidly sprang up throughout Europe.
6. Coffee was soon a beloved commodity throughout Europe. Not everyone was pleased, however. In Prussia, King Frederick the Great staunchly forbid coffee drinking in 1777 because he thought it was impacting beer sales. Throughout the 18th century, women in Europe rallied against the drink, which they thought was causing their men to become impotent.
Check out this short YouTube video for a recipe on how to make great Christmas coffee:
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Bob Milliken is the president of Cascadia Systems Group.