Today’s the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach and I almost let it get away without a mention of his Coffee Cantata. Good Music Guide has the story but I’m relating to the music not only because I’m a coffee drinker who happens to listen to Bach a lot, but because the some of the world’s finest (at least most expensive) coffee is grown here in Panama, the Esmeralda Geisha.
More importantly, though, the coffee family, Rubiaceae, is well represented here in the tropics. Two of my favorite plants in that family, Alibertia edulis and Palicourea trifolia, are growing in my yard, along with the exotic Ixora. However, for Bach’s memory today, here’s Coffea arabica.