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Coffee Connoisseurs are Going Back to Coffee’s Birthplaces

Coffee has always been so much more than a simple beverage: it is a social experience entrenched in culture.

For centuries, people across the globe have sought out the wondrous experience of drinking coffee. The celebrational quality of coming together to enjoy a coffee moment and sharing stories, music, conversation and camaraderie is a beloved ritual enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Now, in an age of contemporary coffee culture, ​Nespresso​ is treating coffee lovers to a taste of where it all began. Embark on a journey of discovery to the mythical origins of coffee with two new Limited Edition coffees, ​Arabica Ethiopia Harrar​ and ​Robusta Uganda​. Bursting with myth and flavour and immersed in folklore, they take inspiration from the birthplaces of coffee, Ethiopia and Uganda, and the mystical discovery stories around these regions.

 

THE MYTH OF ARABICA

The Curious Goats

Transport yourself to the ancient highlands of Ethiopia, where the story of Kaldi, a young goat herder begins. He sat in the shade one afternoon and watched over his goats. In the heat of the day, Kaldi drifted off to sleep and left his goats to wander off into the wilderness. The goats discovered and started to eat some red cherries from the bushes.

When Kaldi awoke to find his goats gone, he hastily went in search of them. He found them leaping and dancing around the mysterious bushes. He picked a cherry and tried it for himself. He too felt elevated and began to dance alongside his goats.

A passing monk was extremely suspicious of the situation and decided to burn these mysterious cherries. Soon after he threw them in the flames, delicious aromas started to rise. Enchanted, the monk brushed the beans out of the fire, crushed them up and combined them with water to make the captivating drink we now know as Arabica coffee. Arabica Ethiopia Harrar​ is a delicious espresso with notes of ripe fruits, fresh flowers that boasts a remarkably velvety body. Best enjoyed as an Espresso or a Lungo. Intensity: 5.

 

THE MYTH OF ROBUSTA

The Unity Bond

 

To discover the alleged birthplace of Robusta, we are in the bygone land of Buganda, now known as Uganda. Here, the precious Robusta coffee beans were part of a sacred ritual that united families. A single coffee cherry would be split and two people would each eat one of the two beans from inside. From that moment onwards, the spirit of the bean would connect both families and descendants for eternity in a pact of friendship and loyalty.

Nespresso​ believes that the journey of coffee is just as important as the taste, and that the heritage that inspires the coffee of today should be celebrated with every sip.

Robusta Uganda​ is surprisingly sweet and undeniably intense, rich in cacao notes. Best enjoyed as an Espresso or Ristretto. Intensity: 10

Source & Images: Nespresso

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Hlulani Masingi

Hlulani Masingi, also known as Hlulz; is a young, vibrant and witty black South African Tsonga woman with a solid education and seven years media experience. She graduated at the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelors Degree in Media Studies and English Literature and Honours Degree in Media Studies and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in African Languages and Linguistics in the Media at the same institution.

Born in Johannesburg and raised at ka-Mhinga, an underpriviledged village in Limpopo, Hlulani is a determined individual and regardless of her impoverished background, she has a variety of interests that include PR, Communications, Marketing and Events, her passion is Creative Writing. She has always had a strong thirst for knowledge and could already write the word ‘mother’ in her home language at the age of four. She started her first year of varsity at the age of 16. After working as an Online Editor from 2014 until 2017, Hlulani Masingi founded Shangazine – an online title focused on celebrating Xitsonga people’s traditional and contemporary lifestyle.

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