Coffee beans, they are more powerful than you imagined.

Our love story with coffee began with a fascination and appreciation of the variety of beans and their power. Did you know that coffee beans are grown what is known as the  “Coffee Belt” or ” The Bean Belt”?  This region is predominately in South America. Getting our green thumb out, coffee plants require a lot of rain, and they’re sensitive to cold temperatures. Though this sensitive nature limits where it can be grown, it also leads to the development of unique regional flavors. Soil, moisture, farming techniques, washing practices and more can all affect the flavor of coffee beans, telling the story of the land and the people who grew it. Coffee beans tell a beautiful story in every cup.  
Our coffee at Social Eats Café is provided by Café Femenino – now a global movement.  The movement began in 2003 in Peru with an idea to pay women directly for the coffee they produced, which would help bring them economic and social equality. We value our coffee beans and put a lot of research into choosing them.

Coffee beans tell a story and are more powerful than you imagined.  In life and in business, being able to navigate adversity is a necessity.  A little fable about life, adversity, perspective and coffee beans.

A young girl went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her.  She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.  She was tired of fighting and struggling.  It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen.  She filled three pots with water.  In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.  In about twenty minute she turned off the burners.  She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.  She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.  Then she ladled the coffee into a bowl.  Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see?” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied. She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.  She did and noted that they were soft.  She then asked her to take an egg and break it.  After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.  Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee.  The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, “What’s the point, mother?” Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity… boiling water – but each reacted differently.  

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting.  However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.  The egg had been fragile.  Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior.  But, after being through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.  The coffee beans were unique.  After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked the daughter.  “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?  Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

I encourage you all to think of this:  Which am I?

Are you the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength? Are you the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat?  Did you have a fluid spirit, but after death, a break up, a financial hardship, or some other trial, have you become hardened and stiff?  Does your shell look the same, but on the inside are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or are you like the coffee bean?  The bean actually changes the water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.  When the water gets hot, the coffee bean releases the fragrance and flavor.  If you are like the coffee bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?

What do you choose to be?