Verve is the closest coffee shop to my apartment downtown, and thank goodness it’s one of the best! My only complaint is that it’s so good that it’s always full because everyone else knows how good it is too.
(I guess my other minor complaints are: not enough vegan options, and a little overly fancy/not the indie vibe I like. But whatever.)
Verve is great because whenever I get coffee as a gift, I can take it there and they’ll grind it for me. They always do it for free, but I always support them and buy a bag of theirs at the same time too. Doesn’t hurt that it’s excellent coffee.
So when I got that Banana Dang coffee ground, I got a bag of Verve El Trapiche coffee too. And wow, it’s great!
The funny thing is, this is probably the last coffee I would’ve picked up for myself, because I am aggressively impartial about bananas. I don’t hate them, but I mean, why would you ever eat a banana when you could have any other fruit?
A banana is no rambutan, that’s for damn sure.
But Alex got me this bag of Banana Dang “Extinguisher” coffee as a gift, and the folks at my nearby local downtown LA coffee shop were nice enough to grind it for me.
Ever since I learned about East Timor it’s stuck in my mind. I only recently learned of the history of genocide and oppression and it made me pretty sick.
It still boils my blood whenever people talk about former president Jimmy Carter as if he was some great guy who could do no wrong. I mean, Ford and other presidents also contributed to the Indonesian invasion and genocide of East Timor, but no one with quite as much enthusiasm as Carter! He even sent a public relations expert to help spin it towards the public.
Really, Jimmy Carter and his administration pumped up the evil Indonesian rapists and murderers with so much money and equipment and weaponry they had no chance of losing. It was “the worst genocide relative to population since World War II.”