The first sip of your morning cup of joe has the power to give you glimpses of its place of origin – if it’s strong enough that is! Nespresso seeks to do just that: take its loyal following of coffee lovers on a journey of discovery to the coffee’s place of birth, with its two new limited edition coffees, Arabica Ethiopia Harrar and Robusta Uganda.
The new capsules take inspiration from the captivating myths of Ethiopia, the birthplace of Arabica coffee and Uganda, one of the alleged birth places of Robusta coffee. For more on these myths, read on! You won’t be disappointed.
The Man Who Danced with his Goats in Ethiopia
If that heading doesn’t make you want to read on, then we don’t know what will! Nespresso asks us coffee nomads to mentally transport ourselves to the highlands of Ethiopia, where the story of Kaldi, a young goat herder begins. As he sat in the shade one afternoon, watching his goats, the heat of the day caused him to fall into a deep slumber.
His goats ended up wandering into the wilderness and in doing so started to eat some red cherries from a bush. When Kaldi awoke to find his goats gone, he frantically went in search of them. He found them leaping and dancing around these mysterious bushes. Curious, he picked up one cherry and tried it for himself. He too felt elevated and began to dance with the goats.
A passing monk was extremely suspicious of the situation and decided to burn these mysterious cherries. Soon after he threw them into the fire, a captivating aroma sifted through the air. 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.
The Arabica Ethiopia Harrar capsule makes a delicious espresso with notes of ripe fruits, fresh flowers and a remarkably velvety body, making for a perfect cup to begin your day.
A Robust Unity
Did you know that coffee has been bringing people together for a long, long time, many years before it was consumed by popular culture as we know it? To discover the alleged birthplace of Robusta, we travel back in time to the bygone land of Buganda, now known as Uganda.
Here, it is told, 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. Next time you’re in an argument with someone, perhaps sitting down with two cups of sweet and cacao-flavoured Robusta might allow you to iron out your differences. Who knows, it’s worth a try.
The coffee fairy told us that these flavours – being limited edition – will only be on offer for a limited time, so be sure to get them while they’re hot…
If you’re interested in purchasing this limited edition coffee, head to the Nespresso boutique on the 1st Floor in the Jewel Zone of Siam Paragon or find online via nespresso.com or in the Nespresso mobile application.