Greta's Garden

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Learning About Coffee While my Garden Grows Winter Weeds

No, I can't grow coffee trees here. And actually, I'm not a coffee drinker. However, I've been working on a press release for a restaurant/coffee shop/music hall that serves up certified and registered Bird Friendly coffee. (I don't know how to make the "registered" symbol in the blog format.)

I've learned Bird Friendly coffee is actually registered and certified by the Smithsonian - particularly the Migratory Bird Section of the National Zoo in Washington, DC. The Internet is full of interesting educational material regarding Free Trade, shade grown and Bird Friendly coffees.

Bottom line - trees are grown under a canopy of trees providing shade so that the beans will grow for a longer period of time. The resulting taste is a lighter, less acidic, fruity coffee. No more bitterness.

So while I'm looking at all the leaves that are still in my yard, the weeds still living in the garden and all the pruning that needs to be done, I can dream about my next trip to Statesville to The Second Fret where I can grab a cup of coffee and not have to drown it with sugar and creamer.


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