Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Teach English as a Foreign Language: Colombian Coffee

Colombian Coffee
While talking about the wide variety of new tastes and foods a teacher of English as a foreign language abroad could experience here, let’s not forget the tantalizing aroma of Colombia’s mild black coffee that will wake anyone from their deepest slumber with a smile. Coffee likes to be grown in the cool air of mountainous slopes. Because it also prefers the shade, it’s usually planted in the shade of banana trees. The steepness of the slopes, and being interspersed with tall, large banana trees makes harvesting difficult, so it must be done by hand – berry by berry. Unripe coffee beans are green as pictured above. When they turn red, they’re picked – one by one. The commercials really aren’t kidding you. And yes, there is a Juan Valdez. He’s the “official” spokesman for Colombian coffee and travels worldwide promoting it.

A Pound of Colombian Coffee
Now, there are two beans in each coffee berry. A coffee tree may produce around two thousand ripe coffee beans each year. Since it takes about two thousand beans to make one pound, a coffee tree yields only a pound of coffee per year. Colombian mountain-grown coffee, by many, is considered to be the richest coffee in the world. Called “tinto”, it’s served freshly-brewed to every house guest or office visitor as a common courtesy in Colombia.

More Uses Other than Drinking
As you might well expect, coffee is used for much more than drinking. There are a number of other products produced from coffee. There’s coffee candy, coffee liqueur, roasted then chocolate-covered coffee beans, coffee-flavored ice cream, coffee cake made using freshly-brewed coffee – the list goes on and on. These are just consumable coffee products. There are medicinal uses for coffee as well. A coffee grounds facial mask works wonders for all types of skin problems. Then there’s the infamous coffee enema; which we won’t go into any further here. Coffee is used as a rinse for damaged, treated hair and as a poultice for sprains or swelling of the extremities.

While You’re Abroad
So while you’re abroad, teaching English as a foreign language, make sure to avail yourself of the tastes, flavors and array of local fruits, vegetables and other specialty dishes of the region you’re living in. If you aren’t doing this already then get busy. Chances are, you’ll be glad you did.

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