Friday, September 3, 2010

Coffee Capstone

I just couldn't help myself. There's been just too much news in my coffee world to keep my blog silent through it all. First off, my mother surprised me the other day with a gift she bought for 25 CENTS!!! from a garage sale.
4 cup Chemex w/ glass lid
Wow, what a great surprise. Could my month get any better? Well, yes it could. I'm completing my undergraduate degree in History from Mizzou this fall, and to do so requires me to complete a 30-40 page research paper on (this semester's topic) the British Empire. Good news is that I can choose (with approval from the directing professor) any topic I want. I'll give you one guess as to what topic I wanted... No, silly, not the downfall of Mercantilism for a Free Trade economic system. Coffee! Today I presented this idea of researching the development of coffee as a commodity trade item within the British Empire to my directing professor. He likes it! So, now I've got the task of narrowing down my research on the topic. We'll see where it goes. Here is a little sampling of my research materials thus far:
The book to the left was published in 1881. New scholarship is desperately needed.
What's more, I've had a professor of mine express interest in looking into specialty coffee. He's invited me to share with him suggestions about supplies and techniques. I don't think he has any idea the ramifications of his requests.

So, it's been a good week for yours truly. We'll see what next week brings. I pray Vida Coffee Co. gets started up soon (a mere two and a half years after I started that coffee shop project). That will be my next post most likely. Lord, thank You for Your many blessings, not least among them, a great mom. Keep my head deflated and on straight. Here we go.