|Homemade Latte in a Sam Taylor mug|
Two of my favorite novels are about failed coffee plantations: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen and The Flame Trees of Thika by Elsbeth Huxley. It is a complicated, multi-layered substance with an equally complicated history, fraught with betrayal and intrigue. One of the more stimulating tidbits about coffee is it made it’s debut in Europe not long before the start of the Industrial Revolution. The English at that time drank beer or gin, when they woke in the morning until they dropped off at night. Everyone was sloshed. Brewing neutralizing the deadly water. Had coffee not percolated down to the masses by the early 1800s the Industrial Revolution would not have occurred. Powerful stuff.