Every morning started out the same. One of the roommates came out of his room at around 5, he sat in the living room and started his work for the day. Around 7, another roommate finally decided to roll out of bed. He didn’t immediately jump into his work, he had a routine to check off. It started with a shower. The last of the three roommates finally woke up from his groggy slumber and shuffled out of his room and into the kitchen. He grabbed the coffee from the cupboard above the fridge and dumped a scoop into the machine.
The machine whirred to life and started sputtering the boiling, black liquid. The aroma of the coffee quickly filled the apartment. The trio’s noses perked up. The smell was officially the start of their days. Their fuel was being pumped into the carafe and soon would be sipped into their bloodstreams.
The early riser looked up from his cup of joe as the others took nice long sips.
“Guys, I have an idea.”
The groggy roommate looked at the early riser with a blank stare. It was way too early in the morning for another idea from the early riser.
The roommate with the routine obliged the early riser’s invitation to start a conversation.
“Alright, I’ll bite. What’s the idea?” He said before taking another long draw from the coffee. He perked up as the liquid ventured down his throat and brought him to life. The early riser smiled.
“Well. You know how we all really like to drink our coffee?”
Nobody nodded. They all knew it was a rhetorical question. They didn’t just like the coffee, the coffee was their life. At least, it was the start of their lives every morning.
“Why don’t we start our own coffee plantation?” the early riser stated.
The groggy one let out a long sigh.
“Well, for starters, we don’t have the money to just do that…” He started.
“Yeah. I know that,” the early riser quickly responded. “But, I’m saying when make our money. Once we graduate from school and everything, why don’t we start our own coffee plantation. We know how much we need our coffee, so let’s start supplying it too!” His voice got louder and louder as he revealed more of his idea to the other members of the trio.
“Alright. But where would we start this new plantation?” The routine roommate inquired.
“I’ve been giving that some thought too…” the early riser started.
“I knew this wasn’t just a spur of the moment kind of thing…” the groggy one muttered under his breath.
The routine man raised his hand to quiet the groggy one. He was curious as to how much this idea was thought out. Sure, most of the early riser’s ideas were kinda far fetched. But, some of them really had some merit to them. This one in particular seemed like it could actually be kind of interesting.
“Yeah. I’ve been thinking about this a little bit more every morning and I’ve been really trying to grow this idea.” The early riser started to defend his project.
He looked over to the routine roommate to address his previous question.
“We grow it in China. When I went over there, I saw some great stuff. The country is ripe for this kind of thing! I can’t think of any coffee that is grown there. We could be an exclusive import for awhile. We’d be corning a part of the market and we’d be doing it pretty cheap too.” His smile grew wider as the other two roommates realized just how much he had actually thought this whole idea out.
The groggy roommate squinted while he thought about the idea more. He swallowed another wave of the black coffee. It burned in the center of his chest. To him, the burn meant that the coffee was working. He swore that he could feel his brain coming fully online with each sip of his coffee.
“I see what you’re saying… I think this could actually work…” The groggy roommate finally started to come around to the idea.
“I’m telling you, this idea is going to work. I’ve thought it out way too much. And with your help, we can fill in all the missing problems of the argument and perfect it all.” The early riser stated with extra enthusiasm in his voice.
The other members of the trio nodded in unison. Then took a sip from their mugs.
The three of them smiled as they realized that this idea could actually work. This time, they all took a sip of their coffees at the same time.
The early riser smiled as he thought back to that fateful morning from eight years ago. He couldn’t believe that his dream actually came true. Well, that’s not entirely true. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this project. He always admitted that he couldn’t have done it without the help of his two former roommates. Between the three of them, the business grew in no time and within a few years, they were a worldwide phenomenon.
Just as he always did before, he got up at 5 o’clock in the morning. He opened the blinds of his living room and revealed at the sight that was in front of him. The sun shined down on the plantation of coffee plants. He walked over to the kitchen of his pristine house that overlooked the fields.
He reached into the cupboard above his fridge and pulled out a small tin canister. He twisted off the top and breathed in the fresh aroma that emanated from the now-open container. His nose perked up. He scooped out some of the freshly harvested coffee beans and popped them in his roaster. The scent now filled the entire house. He could feel his body waking up the more he smelled the coffee. Even after all these years, every morning started out the same.