A twenty year old geek powered by coffee, and Christ, comes complete with computer training and sarcasm.
I'm a computer science major slowly going insane. I like coffee and tea. I also enjoy a good taco.
A great majority of blogs will list all the various fandoms they associate with, Whovian, Sherlockian, Jedi, Etc. I just rather refer to myself as a "Geek"
Mix some fine black grounds from an Arabica bean with water and run it through a filter, then you have one of the most popular drinks in the entire world. Those who love coffee tend to love it to an extent almost disturbing. The massive cult centered on coffee is as almost as old as the drink itself. Going back, looking at the history of coffee and comparing it to what it is today people can see that they are antipodean to each other.
The origin of coffee is intertwined in myth and legend, The legend of Kaldi, a goat herder in the Ethiopian highlands. The legend says that Kaldi noticed that his goat, after eating some strange berries, had such a high spirit among itself, the goat couldn’t fall asleep. Kaldi was fascinated by this and immediately took the berries to the abbot at the local monastery, who took the berries and made them into a drink. The abbot found himself able to be awake for hour upon hours giving him extra time to spend in prayer. The abbot went around the rest of the monastery telling all of the other monks about this fascinating concoction. This is merely a myth derived from Ethiopian legends and tall tales. However, folklore like this is often based on bits of truth, thus stating that this ancient fable might have some whisper of authenticity.
The Arabs were the first, not only to cultivate coffee but also to begin its trade. By the fifteenth century, coffee was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia and by the sixteenth century it was known in Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey. (NCA 5). It is likely that the Arab communities of that era enjoyed coffee so much because of its nonalcoholic properties. Since those of the Muslim faith were not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages, coffee’s energizing yet non intoxicating powers proved to be a valuable substitute. We actually see the birth of coffee houses during this time, called “qahveh khaneh” by the Arabs, these social hot-spots were frequented by the population on a daily basis, exhibiting the same behavior in them that people do today. They would not only go just to drink coffee, but like the coffee aficionados today go to listen to music, watch performers, discourse with others and catch up on the news of the day. This drink commonly known as “The Wine of Araby” was breaking ground on the rest of the world. Thousands of pilgrims would flock to this land just to get a taste of the fascinating miracle drink that seemingly made them feel invigorated even if they only had a few hours of sleep. European travelers to the Near East brought back stories of the unusual dark black beverage. By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe and was becoming popular across the continent. Opponents were overly cautious, calling the beverage the ‘bitter invention of Satan.’ With the coming of coffee to Venice in 1615, the local clergy condemned it. The controversy was so great that Pope Clement VIII was asked to intervene. Before making a decision however, he decided to taste the beverage for himself. He found the drink so satisfying that he gave it Papal approval. (NCA 9). Clement VIII’s fondness for coffee, made him unwilling to ban it, so he instead gave it his blessing by “baptizing” it in 1600. That action removed the biggest potential obstacle for the popularization of coffee in Europe. (Rooney, Sean. 2). Over counting the enormous controversy of the caffeinated beverage in the central parts of Europe, coffee houses sprung up all over. In fact, many people loved to go to one of England’s “Penny Universities”. These coffee shops would provide a cup of coffee and a stimulating conversation all for about a penny. These stations of social interaction brought in all sorts of people who seemingly all shared the same interests in Art, Music, and Literature. By the mid sixteen hundreds, there were over 300 coffee houses in London alone. In the mid-1600’s, coffee was brought to New Amsterdam, a location later called New York by the British. Although coffee houses rapidly began to appear, tea continued to be the favored drink in the New World until 1773 when the colonists revolted against a heavy tax on tea imposed by King George. The revolt, known as the Boston Tea Party, would forever change the American drinking preference to coffee. (NCA 10). As many would imagine, coffee started to become a trade of interest, and the Arabs tried to keep their monopoly on the drink. In the latter half of the seventeenth century, the Dutch succeed in their attempt to get a hold of coffee beans. Their first endeavor to plant coffee in India failed, but they prospered after they planted them on the Island of Java, which is now Indonesia. Their empire of coffee soon grew to encompass the islands of Sumatra and Celebes. It seemed like Arabia no longer held the domination of the well-known bean they held for so many years before.
In 1714 a curious thing happened. The mayor of Amsterdam gave a young coffee plant to King Louis the fourteenth of France, the king ordered it to be planted in the Royal Botanical Garden in Paris. In seventeen twenty-three, Gabriel de Clieu, a young naval officer, obtained a seedling from the king’s plant and, despite a laborious voyage, complete with horrific weather, a pirate attack, and a saboteur who tried to destroy the seedling, he persevered along with the plantlet and positioned it safely in Martinique. After the seedling was planted, it thrived and it is credited with the spread of over eighteen million coffee trees of Martinique in the next fifty years. This plant is also known as the tree which the stock from which the coffee trees all throughout the Caribbean, South and Central America originated. It is said that coffee emanated to Brazil in the fingers of Francisco de Mello Palheta, sent by the emperor to French Guiana for the purpose of attaining coffee sprouts. However, the French were not willing to share and it seemed as though Palheta was unsuccessful, but it is said that he was so handsomely engaging in his attempts that the French governor’s wife was enchanted. As a going away present, she gave Palheta with a bouquet of flowers. Buried within the flowers he found a bunch of coffee seeds to instigate what is today a billion-dollar business. In only 100 years, coffee had established itself as a commodity crop throughout the world. Missionaries and travelers, traders and colonists continued to carry coffee seeds to new lands and coffee trees were planted worldwide. Plantations were established in magnificent tropical forests and on rugged mountain highlands. Some crops flourished, while others were short-lived. New nations were established on coffee economies. Fortunes were made and lost. By the end of the 18th century, coffee had become one of the world’s most profitable export crops. (NCA 17).
Coffee trees produce their best beans when grown at high altitudes in a tropical climate where there is rich soil. Such conditions are found around the world in locations along the Equatorial zone, between latitudes 25 degrees North and 30 degrees South. (NCA 1). Besides its location, other factors affect the flavor. Some of these factors include the type of the coffee plant itself, the soil in which the bean is placed, the weather of the area where it is growing, including the rainfall and amount of sunshine. Combined with the way the beans are processed after being picked, these factors tend to subsidize to the peculiarities between coffees from the of countries, growing regions and plantations worldwide. The amalgamation of such factors is so multifarious, that even from a single plantation one finds an array of variations in quality and taste. With its popularity growing, coffee is grown in more than fifty countries.
Within North America and The Caribbean some places that house large coffee plantations are Hawaii, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. While small coffee farms can be found all throughout the Hawaiian islands, the coffee there is known as “Kona” from the large Hawaiian island is the most favorable coffee, and is in the highest demand. The weather in Hawaii provides the perfect environment for this bean to flourish. On the slopes of the active Mauna Loa volcano, undeveloped saplings are planted in the rich black, volcanic soil so new that it often seems the agronomists are implanting their seedlings in rock instead of soil. The afternoon shade from tropical clouds formulates a sort-of natural awning above the trees to shield the trees from the intense sun rays. Recurrent island showers retain the plants sustained with just the right amount of rain. Kona coffee is carefully processed and produces a deliciously rich, fragrant mug of medium body. In Mexico coffee is grown, and cultivated differently than in Hawaii. Instead of large farms, which Mexico has an abundance of, coffee is planted in small farms across the country. The south of the country is where the majority of the coffee plantations are located, primarily in the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas. A mug of Mexican coffee can offer a magnificent bouquet of coffee aromas and a depth of flavor, often with a prominent sharpness. This bean is an admirable one, a bean for dark roasts and is often used in most blends. A Mexican coffee labeled “Altura” means that it was high grown. 1736 coffee was brought to Puerto Rico from Martinique, making it the sixth leading coffee exporter in the world. However, the coffee industry in Puerto Rico did not maintain its world standing. Major hurricanes and competition from other coffee producing countries forced the island to seek other means for economic survival. Coffee is available in a wide variety of beverages and flavors to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes. In fact, a recent U.S. survey revealed that 69 percent of American coffee drinkers consider coffee to be an “affordable luxury.” And, when one might stop to consider the social aspect of one of America’s most popular beverages – friends and family conversing other over mugs of delicious, fresh-brewed coffee – the value of coffee takes on an even greater meaning. (NCA 2). Through many names, in numerous languages, or at any time of day, coffee is a widespread pick-me-up. Aside from its great taste and the endless ways one can enjoy a cup of coffee, coffee is also an abundant value. In fact, on average, a person pays less than a dime for each cup of coffee that they prepare at home. A cup of coffee costs about five cents to make, opposed to thirteen cents for soft drinks, sixteen cents for milk, a quarter for a bottle of water, forty-four cents for a bottle of beer, a high price of seventy-nine cents for orange juice, and a whopping one dollar and thirty cents for a bottle of table wine. With the growing popularity of coffee, demands that the provider produce their drink through more economically sound methods, abound. The Starbucks company states that it is devoted to this task. “We are committed to buying and serving high-quality coffee that is responsibly grown and ethically traded. We honor this commitment through our responsible coffee purchasing practices, farmer support centers, loan programs and forest conservation efforts. When we buy coffee this way, we believe that it helps foster a better future for farmers and helps mitigate the impacts of climate change for the planet.” (Starbucks). The foundation of their method is their Coffee and Farmer Equity also known as C.A.F.E. This applies their inclusive coffee-buying program that ensures coffee quality while promoting social, economic and environmental standards. C.A.F.E. Practices, which the company established in partnership with Conservation International a decade ago, has created significant social and economic impacts for more than one million workers, and environmental enhancements on the thousands of contributing farms. Significant accompaniments to the program include practices, supporting the long-term productivity of coffee farms through coffee renovation, or in some cases, replanting. Furthermore, tracking climate change impacts and creating alterations to their plans are encouraged to minimize the effects farmers experience from climate change. As discussed earlier, coffee is a very affordable beverage to the household user. This however is not the only way a coffee drinker may want to get their fix. Companies like Starbucks and Bigby provide regular as well as specialty coffees, at a relatively cheap price. The overwhelming growth of coffee’s popularity gives these coffee powerhouses a great source of revenue. Last year Starbucks brought in a total of $13,299,500,000 in sales. (Google Finance) As seen in those figures alone, coffee is a lucrative business to enter. There will always be a need for caffeine, and this ensures that the coffee industry should be a safe place to be, at least for now.
People like coffee for separate reasons, some like it dark and strong, others like it filled with cream, and loaded with sugar. However people may enjoy it, the point is that they do, and that causes a sense of connection between humans. “I believe that it brings us together, in conversation.” (Timberman, Matt) According to an old Turkish proverb, coffee should be “black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.” As a brew, coffee has been around for centuries. But in this country, taking a daily break to drink it is a more recent phenomenon. (NPR). This opinion of coffee is more biased towards it being a strong and aromatic mixture of flavors and smells. The general consensus however, is that it should be in the middle, between too dark and strong, and light and weak. In coffee, over 850 volatile aromatic compounds have been cataloged to date. That said, most aromatic descriptions have been simplified or regrouped in terms of flavors and taste. Common flavors found in coffee are fruity, floral, earthy, buttery, caramel, nutty, spicy, smoky, etc. The classification of taste includes acid, bitter, body which is thin, watery to thick, and heavy. (Coffee Review). Coffee has become a thing of choice to many people. Some like it “Black as Hell” (NPR) and some like it brewed lighter than usual. All of the major coffee chains across the world provide means for the costumer to customize their own drink. ” Disregarding price, I would say that Starbucks has the best coffee. They have a much wider variety of specialty coffees and equipment to make lattes and cappuccinos etc.” (Dan).
In the end coffee has gone from just a small little bean, to a pop culture icon. It is everywhere, it is the basic stigmatism associated with college students. Everyone assumes the a college student loves coffee and lives off the drink. From its humble beginnings shrouded in myth and legend, through its journey into the mainstream world thanks to a revolutionary Pope who blessed it as a Holy drink, as it passed through a treacherous path in order to make it on the road to Martinique wear it flourished a new world order in the coffee industry. It has grown massively based on human desire in the story of Francisco de Mello Palheta, and the wife to the Governor of France. Rising even stronger in popularity throughout its long journey across time, this wondrous beverage has maintained the image it originally possessed in the beginning. Not just a drink that “wakes you up” but a drink that does that while bringing people together, each of them enjoying the fellowship of fellow caffeine aficionados. Coffee has become what is today one of the most popular drinks on earth, there is no age limit, no limit to how many cups a person can have, depending on the person, and can be customized to any specification imaginable.
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Moffat: We need someone to play John's wife.
Moffat: Wait... Martin has a partner.
Moffat: But who can we get to play Sherlock's parents?
Moffat: Wait... Benedict has parents.
Moffat: Where are we going to find a child to play young Sherlock?
Moffat: Wait... I have a child.
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So I just finished watching the final episode of Sherlock, Series three. Instead of giving a review of the program purely comprised of text I thought I’d give it entirely made up of GIFs!
At first I was neutral, I just excited to see what was next…or last.
Then Magnussen made his appearance like right at the beginning! I was intrigued.
The the show kicked off with John and Sherlock doing their thing.
Ya know, the “Sherlock is all high and undercover, but it’s for a case” Thing.
Then Sherlock had a girlfriend…
Who then turned out to be being used by Sherlock to gain access to Magnussen’s office.
Though, let’s be honest, were we really that naive?
Then Mary shot Sherlock.
Then Sherlock lived after doing a whole 180 mind palace thing.
Until you find out he had great help surviving based on Mary’s sharpshooting-assassinating-dark shadowy past.
Then John does the whole thing with the flash drive…Which can be described in a series of GIFs.
No seriously guys, I like saw it coming and was like, “No…Don’t put the thi—OHHHHHHH!!!”
Then They finally meet up with Magnussen at his fancy place where he confesses to not having the physical documents, but having them in his own mind palace. Wherein Sherlock shoots him.
Sherlock is then taken into custody, a plane flies him off to a far away country to a mission he will not come back from. The End. See you in 2020.
I literally jumped out of my chair, I couldn’t control my legs!
That exhausts the majority of my GIF library!
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