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Confessions of a Scottish Attack Squirrel
meamgrimlock
meamgrimlock
From the 'What were they Thinking' archives
Occasionally, I find myself with a bit too much idle wetware. When this happens, I find myself occupying the unused electrical impulsed in strange ways.

So:

I wonder what was going through the mind of the very first person too look at the būnnu berry and say to himself:

"I bet that if I

  "a) Pluck the seed out of that berry
  "b) Ferment it
  "c) Hose it down with fresh water to remove the fermentation residue
  "d) Let it dry out
  "e) Heat it up until I like the smell
  "f) Crush it, and,
  "g) Steep the crushed remains it in hot water

"It will create a stimulating and tasty beverage that I can use to further my plans of World Domination™"

And yet, somebody did just that. And viola, the very first Starbucks® was born. Except that in 9th century Ethiopia where this all started, it was probably called Asnakes®, which roughly translates as 'I win!'
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uncle_possum From: uncle_possum Date: December 7th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Given the story about an Arab goatherder noticing how frisky the goats got after eating the berries--how many people either ate the berries as is, or, after various gastric disorders, decided to try cooking them, before your guy came along?

Food for thought, or thought for food, or something
dryad2b From: dryad2b Date: January 2nd, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Having studied this once, first the warriors started eating the berries themselves. It took them a couple of centuries to get the roasting and brewing working. Which is why nobody brought it back from the Crusades -- the stuff tasted nasty, and not in a coffee-ish way. They brewed some stuff from the unroasted beans - bleh. Okay for a caffiene fix, but not a pleasant beverage. It didn't hit Europe until mid-1600's. Not that that keeps anybody from drinking it, regardless of the date of one's venue...
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