Fall is here and there’s no mistaking it. The days have been getting progressively shorter for some weeks now, and the sky is overcast and slate gray and gloomy. It’s been raining for days on end and you’ve almost gotten used to this somber weather… almost…
The week has finally trickled through. You wake up late on a Saturday laced with hopes for a few brief moments of sunshine. You look out the window and the sky is overcast still but it has this yellowish tinge to it and you can tell where the sun is, already high above the horizon. That’s good enough for you, you’re already planning your quick getaway in the nearby mountains. Put on your hiking pants and a warm sweater and pull on your favorite pair of merino wool socks, your well-worn trekking boots. Brew a kettle of shou and brew it strong – you need something to kick-start your systems. Grab one of the packets of dried fruit you keep stashed for when you crave some quick carbs. You really love those dried apricots and prunes. You put it in your backpack along with your thermos and a raincoat just in case. One foot out the door, almost as an afterthought you decide to fill one of your wind jacket pockets with the cacao beans you roasted just last night and left on your kitchen table to cool down overnight. Another thing to nibble on while you walk the trails.
You get out of the car and are immediately greeted with fresh forest air. It’s a beautiful forest, mostly broadleaves interspersed by small islands of evergreen conifers. You can spot beech and birch, ash and maple and oak, pine and spruce. The track is covered with fallen leaves, still wet from the rain. The scent of damp rich forest soil fills your nostrils. You savor each breath, every moment away form the noise of the city. You walk down the trail and slowly sip at your tea, it’s strength balancing perfectly with the sweet dried fruit and the bittersweet cacao beans. You feel both energized and peaceful, aware of your surrounding but oblivious to time. A ray of sunshine breaks through the canopy and is seeking you. The sun is out at last.
Flavors: Apricot, Cacao, Forest Floor, Pine, Plums, Wet Earth, Wet Wood