Yesterday I sipped a freshly ground Community Coffee Private Reserve Blend, Evangeline. It is a dark roast with a haunting sweet taste of the faithfulness and constancy of true love. It reminds me a bit of my great-grandmother who passed away when I was in my teens. I spent many days with my great-grandparents and my great-grandmother’s old maid sister. They lived in North Baton Rouge off of Wyandotte Street and my “Papa” as I called him had a large vegetable garden in the middle of the city. All three of them were Cajuns and even used an old wooden coffee grinder and percolator to brew Community Coffee for their daily afternoon gab-fest.
Evangeline Blend is meant to honor the Longfellow poem and the bittersweet romance of Evangeline and Gabriel, exiles of Nova Scotia who were engaged to be married when the Explusion of the French Acadians from Nova Scotia occurred. Whether the story of the two lovers is myth or fact is irrelevant. The legend has lasted through the years and called much needed attention to the forgotten peoples of South Louisiana who have left their mark in culture, food, and history for all the world to experience.
Community Coffee has provided a pound of roasted whole bean coffee in their Evangeline Blend for one lucky reader in honor of National Coffee Day. Just leave a comment stating what comes to mind when you hear the word “Cajun” as your entry. One entry per email address. US residents please ages 18 and older. Comments close on National Coffee Day, September 29, 2009 at 11:59pm CST. Winner announced sometime the next day.
Good luck and celebrate National Coffee Day by drinking your favorite brew!
Winner Update: Congrats to Paige Chandler!