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Moments from Coffee History: De Clieu’s Journey

Gabriel Mathieu de Clieu looked at the seeds in his hand. They were a rich shade of dark brown, with a light coat of shiny oil. He brought them to his nose and took a long, wistful whiff. The aroma promised of untold flavor locked inside, to be freed only to the adventurous soul that ground them to powder and unleashed their alchemy into hot water. His thoughts raced back to his post in the island of Martinique – the hills terraced with drifting soft mist. He knew what he had to do.