Do you love to enjoy a cup of good coffee?
How do you define its great for you? the aroma? body? coffee art? taste? right temperature? the environment? others? ….
As a consumer, it’s so easy for us by paying money and we can enjoy a coffee at anytime. We might give our negative comment when we drink a cup of coffee which not meet our expectation. We never imagine about the great hard work, intensive of labour involvement and also external factor which beyond our control like rain, sunny day, cold weather, hot weather which will affect the quality of coffee bean.
My recent trip, I got the precious opportunity to visit and explore the coffee plantation. It widen my knowledge and understanding on how challenging to get a good cup of coffee, how many people are involved in the total process in order to serve a cup of coffee.
I was given opportunity to pluck the coffee cherry, we might think it’s easy task yet the truth is not simple. Saying is always easier than doing. You can see the beautiful combination of red and green cherry, you only need to pluck the red cherry without the stem and leaves under hot sun or cold weather….Seriously not as easy as you think…
A normal worker will pluck about 60-70 kg per day. They start work early and also finish about sunset. What a hard work!!!
This is the moment which touch my heart that farmers are getting warm from the burning log in order to warm themselves under cold weather before their turn to deliver the coffee cherries to processing plant. It’s not easy to earn a living and it’s not easy for us to enjoy a cup of coffee.
How blessed we are when we sip in our coffee! Let’s drink it with a heart full of gratitude and appreciation. Think about how much effort from others and how great is the nature to bring us the wonderful drink. You are blessed! Remember to smile when you enjoy your drink.
Nothing comes easy. Be gratitude and appreciate with whatever you’ve in life. You are definitely a much happier person.
“To increase our blessings we need to recognize blessings, cherish blessings, nurture blessings, and sow the seeds of blessings.”
By Master Sheng Yen