THE WEIRS TIMES, Thursday, February 4, 2010
All the ingredients you’ll ever need to find your way around the kitchen.
a co F F e e Pl a n t a t I o n In yo u r cu P
more, and always more,
land into production.
by rita Pelland
The current stellar news
about Haiti with it’s dev-
astating earthquake may
Your alarm goes off. bring to your mind that
Your heavy hand reaches Haiti was one of the world’s
to stop its jarring sound in leading coffee producers.
your head. Before you can In the early 17th centu-
clear your groggy senses, ry, when Haiti was under
a mental picture comes French colonial rule, ap-
to mind. Only the allure proximately 30,000 African
of the aroma of hot coffee slaves were brought each
with the heaviest caffeine year to work the rapidly ex-
content can get your tired panding coffee plantations.
body into a vertical posi- Not many years later Haiti
tion, out of its warm fuzzy was supplying half the
horizontal one. This may world’s coffee with slave la-
be the most challenging
Granite Ledge Coffee of Canterbury specializes in small,
bor of nearly half a million.
part of your day. What
batch-roasted, speciality grade coffees made with 100 percent
On the brink of the 18th
other way is there to start
Arabica coffee beans. More information about Granite Ledge
century the total slave pop-
one’s day? A coffee planta- can be found at www.graniteledgecoffee.com
. ulation rebelled, and the
tion to the rescue. photos courtesy lp-studios inc. island’s plantations and
Coffee began in the area estates were destroyed.
of Ethiopia around 2,000 of scandal prompted a visit listening. France no longer reigned
years ago. It was highly for a cup of coffee in the Coffee made its own as leading producer.
sought after in the cafes of morning into the late night. history, it was in a Bos- idly spread in the 1700s A fungal disease de-
Cairo. Today it is known Coffee was introduced to ton coffeehouse that the throughout the tropics. Sev- stroyed most of the coffee
as Arabica coffee with its Europe where it was widely American dissidents eral countries became cof- estates in various coun-
natural aromatic and en- accepted. Coffeehouses planned the Boston Tea fee producers, such as the tries, to an astounding
ergizing qualities. Cultiva- with separate rooms for Party at the dawn of the Dutch, English, French and quarter of a million acres.
tion of coffee spread into transactions were open to American Revolution. the Portuguese. The world The coffee in Ceylon had to
various tropical countries every class that could pay Coffee cultivation rap- demand for coffee led to put
See PellAnd on 10
of the world. Coffee is more for the going rate. Business
than a cup of chemicals aside, houses were filled
that occupy the circumfer- with people interested in
ence of your coffee cup. On political and social events.
the battlefields of econom- Newly educated and active
OR PERIOD HOME
ics, plight of human rights, citizens could converse
politics and religious opin- together. It was a custom
Antiques, 18th & 19th century reproduction
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ions of the day, coffee has to pay a penny to enter seasonal florals, unusual gifts and folk art.
been there. Coffee remains the coffeehouse and, in 30% off Johnston Benchworks &
a discernible connection to good humor, coffeehouses
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the impoverished and des- were referred as “penny
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Regular cups of coffee are tion one might benefit from
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rediscover the charm of a simpler time.
hardly “regular” anymore.
There is espresso, drip cof-
fee, Turkish coffees, press-
loads, cappuccinos, decaf
lattes and more. Let’s not
forget the gourmet coffee
industry that is now in
the competitive market.
High consumerism in this
country and other pros-
perous countries have pro-
moted sustainable coffees,
helping coffee producers
protect their own local en-
common to all classes. Bits
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