The possibly true story of Juan Valdez
Romancing the Bean
A Series Of Short Stories
By J. B. Blocker
the Caffeine Cowboy
In a little over 1000 years, coffee has been elevated to the second most traded commodity after oil and is the most prepared beverage in the world.
Kaldi the Ethiopian goat herder is said to have discovered coffees kick and introduced it to monks who were able to chant and pray longer. A French Lieutenant stole a kiss and two coffee plants from Napoleon's garden and brought it to the New World. Stories abound!
I’ve got a long list of these stories if you’re interested. Most of them are true! At least parts of them are!
The story I am about to share may or may not be true. No matter, it is close to my heart and carries a modern day lesson somewhere inside.
Our story begins on a New Year’s Eve. In a small community hospital in South Texas, two young couples await their firstborns. All the while the hospital staff anxiously anticipate the race for the first birth of the New Year. Two expectant fathers pace into the midnight hour. As the town clocks strokes of midnight end and the New Year begins, simultaneous declarations of triumph announce two births!
It is a tie! For the hospital and even the state of Texas, the firstborn pair of the new year are named Juan and Josephine.