February’s weather, pleasant as it wants to get by dipping to its lowest, has mornings which are crisp, cold and biting, days when you refuse to shuck your jacket or coat and wish for a cup of coffee as you can’t imagine your hours normal without this drink.
For those in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region 1 who are hooked to drinking coffee, this brew plus any day seem suited truly for each other that, if they are to be wedded, then you, the drinker are the priest consummating a blissful marriage of two compatible characters.
Majority in these regions identify one way or another with coffee and drinking it. No doubt about it.
Aahh! Coffee. Slurp. Any day, it is offered as a gesture that transcends any form of animosity or rudeness, symbolizing welcome, friendship, and renewal of human relations or start of new friendship.
You might say that offering coffee to somebody is an honorable human relationship that breaks down human self-isolation and doing justice to our own complexity.
Travel to CAR and Region 1, and the oft offer is, “Agkapi ta,” or “Agkapi tayo,” or “Kapi?” With the question mark stressed for emphasis, and all meaning the same message: “Let’s have a cup of coffee.”
Visit communities along Halsema National Highway, particularly in Benguet, from Atok to Buguias where the cold is bull-headed, unyielding and cold-hearted. The offer of a cup of coffee from residents is a warm gesture for weary travelers pining for a cup of goodness.
And, my goodness, you will exclaim, even in the humblest of homes where purchase of coffee is a luxury, a cup offered is a gesture of a time between two persons well spent. And may the fragrance of it awaken early the laziest in the whole neighborhood.
Apo, many will say that life is like a cup of coffee. Even if doctors won’t recommend it much. For one, doctors warn not to drink coffee in the evening, as you may toss and turn the whole night with your eyes refusing to close.
But Epiko Ababiik, a Cordilleran and a coffee drinker, intimates he would rather drink coffee and doesn’t mind if he sleeps with his eyes open.
It just goes to prove that many will dispute doctor’s hypothesis, when the subject is coffee, since coffee is a multi-vitamin for them. It perks people in minutes.
Come mornings, in almost Cordilleran and Region 1 homes, the smell of coffee has an exhilaration that carries a cheering influence for those hurrying up to work.
Many harmonize their mornings to the tune of coffee. For them, anyway, life begins after a cup of coffee.
A morning without coffee can swing their mood awry, like they are children who lost their toys, can’t find them and blame anybody. They go to work pouting or in a foul mood.
All the more reason to conclude that in attuning morning habits to coffee, drinkers can easily become philosophers. And being philosophical, coffee drinkers are good communicators, stimulating discussions from nothing, anything to everything.
You then may agree with Ababiik’s observation that there’s nothing like a cup of coffee in the morning and hours thereafter to stimulate the brain cells.
Ah Kong swears, by our forefathers, that John Allan, Jr., my older cousin, and a Baguio resident, will also swear by our same forefathers that if John were a woman, he would definitely use coffee as a perfume. Nothing else.
Now, Rey Yawan, another distinguished Cordilleran who was formerly with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-CAR) and now honorably retired, knows that everyone should believe in something.
Yawan, a coffee believer, can say anytime to any friend, “May our nuisances be weak and our coffee strong,” much so he will always enjoin others to have another cup, as there is nothing sweeter than a cup of bitter coffee.
Or you would like to test the humor of another friend, Bong Cayabyab, at City Hall’s Public Information Office, and ask him if he loves coffee. This handsome fellow may answer, “Anya met kabsat, it’s just like you are asking if I like to breath.” For Cayabyab, and like the rest of us, coffee is a warm delicious drug that we can take in and never be arrested using it.
This goes true for politicians. When politicians drink coffee, they can solve all the problems in their communities even with closed eyes. Ask any politician out there and he/she will tell you.
Many profess they are not addicted to coffee. Is that so? Why then that any day, they may run out of money, time and patience, but clearly upset when there isn’t coffee at home? What would they offer their neighbors when they come visiting?
It’s like saying to your neighbor, “You cannot buy Happiness.” On the other hand, you can buy coffee.
They also say that money don’t grow on trees. Wrong! Money grows on coffee trees. Ask the farmers who got rich because of coffee.
Many will pledge allegiance to the cup that holds their caffeinated beverage. Even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.
So, to all coffee drinkers: Any day is your day and your coffee is waiting. Drink it get on your merry way.