• Morgan Fagg

Whatever floats your goat

Updated: Oct 13, 2019

International Coffee Day 1st of October

It's Coffee Day today so let's raise a glass or mug or even the good China and celebrate this warm beverage that perks me up in the morning and keeps me awake at night.

Star Trek's George Takei posted this beautiful post on the origin of coffee which I had never heard of before and it is certainly worth sharing this delicious coffee tale from Admiral Sulu from The Enterprise.

Ok forget the fictional starship for a moment and travel back in time to Ethiopia and the boisterous goats eating berries that inspired a goat herder to try his own brew.

Happy International Coffee Day! ☕️

The origin story of coffee is delightful.

The story goes that an Ethiopian man discovered coffee after he saw that after eating the berries from a particular tree, his goats grew so energetic that they could not sleep at night. So, of course, he ate some, too!

Goat party! 🐐 (Taken from George Takei's latest Oh Myyy internet commentary)

Whatever floats your goat of course but for me apart from my love of coffee and short stories, I really enjoy taking unusual stories or mundane events and discussed them in lots of detail. Sometimes these things might seem insignificant and sometimes they might mean the world to you but even a shared cup of coffee can really touch you and leave a lasting impression.

Last week I got to enjoy just such a story when I heard Amélie Yan-Gouiffes regaling a group of people with a story about her first cup of Columbian coffee.


No ordinary Cup of Joe

I'm not sure if International Coffee Day is really celebrated in Ireland or Spain but it is important to remember that there is a difference between Coffee Day in Ireland and Irish Coffee Day.

Irish Coffee Day is celebrated every year on January 25th and the origins of Irish Coffee are credited to a man called Joe Sheridan who served servicemen during World War II who arrived in Foynes Airport which used to receive flying boats.

Legend has it that a flying boat landed/moored/whatever at Foynes after some nasty weather and the passangers needed something warm as a pick-me-up.

This was no other cuppa Joe but Sheridan's very own concoction which included some whiskey.

According to Checkiday.com Joe Sheridan was asked if it was Brazilian Coffee he was serving and he said no, "It's Irish Coffee."

As I said before sometimes a cuppa coffee is more than just a cup of coffee and Joe served this warm welcome to Americans arriving in Ireland until the end of World War II and he was offered a job in America making his Irish Coffees and moved to the States in 1952.

This picture of a vending machine where I work shows the importance of Joe Sheridan's concoction where you will find an Irish Coffee and Cream de Café Irlandés on the menu.

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