Beth Siegalkoff

Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on Sept. 29, be sure to observe National Coffee Day! Ah, the perfect cup of java.

According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity and flavor. From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance roasted beans cast.

Where a coffee bean grows determines the higher quality and the acidity. For example, coffee grown on the Hawaiian Islands is considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers. When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold, it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated.

The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries in Yemen. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.

In 1670, Baba Budan strapped seven coffee seeds to his chest and smuggled them out of the Middle East. The first plants grown from these stowed away seeds were planted in Mysore, India. Coffee later spread to Italy and the rest of Europe, Indonesia and the Americas.

While Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country, Colombia closely follows. Also, more than 50 countries around the world grow coffee too. As a result, we choose from a bountiful selection of flavors for the indulgence of steaming cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.

My favorite cup of coffee is a NFL, no not the National Football League, nonfat latte. No flavoring, just strong hot coffee and hot nonfat milk. Wakes me up in the morning and keeps me bright all day.

Speaking of getting up in the morning, the weather is all over the place.

I must say I enjoy the coolness of the night and the early morning. It is nice to have the windows open and the breeze flow through the house. But it’s definitely slippers and sweater weather – although the afternoons can still get a bit warm. So that means open the car windows, turn the music up, and stop by the Herald Store and get a Coke Icee for the ride home. Maybe one last BBQ before it gets too cold to sit outside and watch the sunset, which have been magnificent lately.

On another note, it is time to plant tulips bulbs, sweet pea seeds, and pick pomegranates. My namesake, my Aunt Beth, always tilled the soil, planted and picked during her birthday month. She was born on Halloween and made it a point to have these tasks done before her birthday. It is interesting how certain things stick in our brains.

For those of you counting the days, there are 32 days until Halloween; 39 days until Daylight Saving Time; 57 days until Thanksgiving; and 87 shopping days until Christmas.

Recipe of the day: Coffee Cake

Flower of the day: Zinnias

Dates to Remember:

Today, Oct. 2 – Liberty Ranch High School’s Homecoming week

Oct. 4-9 – Galt High School’s Homecoming week

Oct.11 & 12 – Quarter Break for high schools. No School.

Oct.16 – National Boss’s Day

Oct.31 – Halloween