Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nostalgia from the Coffee Beans

A friend abroad sent me a pack of coffee beans. Although I don't have a coffee maker, I was so excited to try it. I remember my beloved late-grandma, who used to ask my help to make coffee from scratch. She had several coffee trees and she used to ask me to harvest the fruits. I remember suckling some of the ripe coffee fruits as there are sweet specially the red ones. After picking the fruits, I would help her dry the beans under the sun, it usually took several days but I didn't mind at all since she would bribe me with her homemade chocolate tablet. Once the coffee fruits are dried, she would pound them in the large mortar and pestle, the wood type, so that the skin will separate from the beans. After that, she'll throw the skins and roast the beans. The house would usually be filled with nice coffee aroma and even the neighbors would ask what was she preparing. While roasting the beans, I would be pestering my grandma asking how long would it take as I was excited to go to the town to have the coffee beans ground from the only milling house in the center of the town. The ground coffee was then stored in the glass bottle for daily consumption. We hadn't bought instant coffee before until she passed away. After she's gone, nobody seemed interested to harvest the coffee fruits until the trees just died due to insect infestation.

I'd never thought that these golden black coffee beans would bring back the memories of my grandma. 


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