Grounds for Divorce

Grounds for Divorce

The other morning I stumbled into the kitchen only to be greeted by my husband grumbling and staring at the coffee maker. He gave me an incredulous look then asks, “Considering where you work, how can we possibly be out of coffee?” I told him it was a classic case of the barber’s kid always needing a haircut and followed up with a cheeky grin. He was not amused. Don’t mess with that guy and his need for a morning caffeine jolt.

I forgot about this incident until yesterday when a coworker told me about an obscure coffee fact he had just learned. In 1500’s Turkish society, such importance was placed on coffee that men judged the efficiency of women through their skills in coffee making. Many a girl had been selected or rejected based on the coffee she had served the prospective groom. To the woman’s defense, there was a law that stated a wife could divorce her husband if he could not provide her with her daily coffee; it was considered as vital as food and shelter.

Well, my hubby didn’t serve me with divorce papers for this lack of java in our household. Just to be on the safe side, I think I’ll bring him home a five pound bag of his favorite Dark Piñon coffee!

Aleta Hallemeier is a writer and the Roastery Shop Manager for New Mexico Piñon Coffee. 
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