I am in the lovely town of Manteca today. Actually, we haven’t found much to do in Manteca, but there is a very nice baseball park, which is why we are here. Jack has a tournament at the Big League Dreams field. It’s an amazing sports complex, where the fields are designed as replicas of major league fields. Pretty exciting for an eight and under team! Plus staying in a hotel is pretty exciting for my kids.
For the last week we’ve had guests visiting, and it was a wonderful experience of hosting lots of family. We enjoyed seeing two of Trace’s brothers and their wives, Trace’s uncle and his wife, and one of our niece’s with her husband and 5 month old baby. Baby Cooper is Grandma Caroline’s first great-grandbaby. Not only does Caroline have a legacy of a coffee shop that we continue in her name, but she is the matriarch of a family that keeps growing. We are honored to be related to her.
This week’s coffee of the week is one of Caroline’s favorites. Her first choice is our Gayo Mountain Sumatra, but this comes in a close second. Celebes is an Indonesian island, that I always think resembles a hand. It has actually been renamed Sulawesi, but the coffee still comes in a bag with the old Dutch colonial name, Celebes.
We brewed a pot of this Celebes Toraja in a French press in our hotel room this morning. Although the water might not have been the proper temperature, we thoroughly enjoyed the full-bodied, earthy taste as we woke up. It has a light acidity and a chocolate taste as it cools.