When I wake up in the morning, I have mucinous shmutz in the corners of my eyes and hair that could easily rival Tina Turner’s inside the Thunderdome. (Trust me, I could totally take her.) Needless to say, I can barely tolerate myself before I’ve had my first cup of coffee in the morning, much less be bothered to tolerate anyone else. This explains why I find it doubly surprising that the people over at Mirembe Kawomera Cooperative in Uganda have managed look beyond their eye shmutz and even beyond their Muslim, Jewish, and Christian lines of separation to run a successful coffee business together. And all to bring the world coffee that tastes that much sweeter because it represents peace, tolerance and economic justice.
Now I admit…I’ve become a lot less of an idealist since I started residency in a large city where people shoot the pulp out of each other over as little as pocket change or a dirty look. But this has a high Pay It Forward Index and a great Feel Good Potential, both of which appeal to the shrinking idealist inside me. Now, if they threw an Athiest in there and the whole thing didn’t come unhinged, then I might just turn into a weepy mess over the beauty of it all. But until then, I’ll enjoy their coffee, as it does, in whatever small way, make me feel like I’m contributing to their idea of Delicious Peace. I like it. (I also like their slogan: It’s not just a cup, but a just cup.) And the coffee’s pretty good as well! Go check them out. Drink in the delicious peace!
Careful though…if you drink TOO much, we may cause world-wide mania secondary to over-caffienation. And judging by what happens around the office when there’s coffee-induced mania… that might not be the best way to achieve world peace!