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Librarian and the Coffee

I am a Librarian by profession for two decades already and drinking coffee for at least twice a day is one of my hobby.

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What is coffee?

A cup of coffee is good for most of the professionals.

But before we are going to elaborate what is all about, what is coffee?

According to Google search (27 November 2019, Philippine Time), coffee is a hot drink made from the roasted and ground seeds (coffee beans) of a tropical shrub. The shrub of the bedstraw family that yields the coffee seeds, two of which are contained in each red berry. Native to the Old World tropics, most coffee is grown in tropical America.

Historically, no one knows exactly how or when coffee was discovered, though there are many legends about its origin. Some says that it came from Saudi Arabia, when a man travelling into a desert with his goats. They had a long journey, he and his goats were already tired. Until they took a rest under a shrub (coffee). His goats ate the beans in the shrub, and what he observed, his goats became lively. And that's history of being lively.

Coffee and the Librarians

When I was a college student, I was puzzled why some of the librarians that I knew were drinking coffee while in the library. Some of them can drink a cup of coffee once a day and the worst was five times a day. I do not know the exact reason/s behind those behavior.

When I took my internship in one of the libraries in and outside the university, I got a chance to drink for a cup of coffee while doing some of the paperwork. Although, I tried, however, I did not make it possible to drink more than a cup of coffee in a day.

Then, after my graduation, at my first library work as a law assistant librarian, the environment is too cold, although there are plenty of lawyers coming in and out the library to ask for my help to look for some laws and court decisions for their respective cases handling. However, most of them are drinking coffee while reading their papers inside the library. You can feel the coffee aroma that's overflowing inside the library. And since, I would like to do the same, I used to drink about two cups a day in order to do my work.

And the rest is history, when I became a school librarian, I drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day. One in the morning before I open the library, another one after my lunch, and another during my snacks in the afternoon. Already an addiction in my part.

Take note, not only in the library that I used to drink a cup of coffee. Every time, I attended for a librarians seminar or workshop, specifically for a day or two, there's an overflowing coffee on the side of the conference area. In which, you can observe lots of librarians who used to drink a cup of coffee. If you are going to be observant, most of them, used to drink not only one cup of coffee for the whole day seminar, they go repeatedly to the coffee area. And of course, I am one of them.

Librarians during seminar are used to have a coffee not because they are already not in the mood to listen to a speaker's talk. They used to drink a cup of coffee, in order to be lively and make it possible to interact with the speaker as well as to their seatmates. They used the coffee as part of their lucky drink to understand each other.

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Coffeeshop in the Library

Are you aware that some of the libraries already right now have their own coffee shop inside the library. I used to know those libraries when I saw their pictures in different social media platforms. I also see them during my visit to different libraries specifically, when I visit my students internship program for a particular library they have.

And I am aware that most of the libraries specifically in other continents like America, Europe and even Asia have their own coffee shop inside the library. This is part of their marketing strategy to invite readers to go to the library. Although, I have no idea, what kind of coffees they serve as well as how much they've charge for those coffee drinking lovers. I have no idea, what's the limitation while drinking coffee inside the library.

Back to past, when I was a college student, only librarians are allowed to drink a cup of coffee inside the library. Go back to the future, not only the librarians are drinking coffee inside the library, even the researchers are allowed.

Good news to all coffee lovers.


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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Luis G Asuncion

Comments

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on December 18, 2019:

Yes you are right. Coffee has side effects too. However, no matter what, I still drink coffee

C E Clark from North Texas on December 17, 2019:

It seems that most of humanity is addicted to coffee. There is an ongoing controversy here as to whether coffee is healthful to people or not, and if so, in what amounts. Personally, I do not like, and therefore do not drink, coffee. Likewise tea, carbinated drinks, alcohol, and some other drinks. Saves a lot of money.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on December 07, 2019:

Thanks Manatita for commenting.

manatita44 from london on December 07, 2019:

Good news to coffee lovers indeed! Coffee drinking - as you can imagine - has evolved with 21st century lovers and is a big deal for many. Informative Hub.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on December 07, 2019:

Yes Liz. It is already popular. But still there some libraries don't have yet here. Thanks for commenting.

Liz Westwood from UK on December 06, 2019:

Coffee drinking is more popular now than it was in my younger days. I only hope that no one spills coffee on the books in the libraries.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 30, 2019:

Thanks Mel. As of now, I am already done with my cup of coffee a couple hours ago. It is already 10:20 in the evening here.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on November 30, 2019:

I am on my way to get a cup of coffee right now. I don't care for it in the afternoon anymore, but in the morning it is a must.

Librarian sounds like a good and noble profession. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on one of my favorite subjects.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 29, 2019:

Yes Khay, I feel the aroma when I taste it. Thanks for commenting here.

Khay on November 29, 2019:

I'm not a coffee lover but I enjoy to taste it everytime I prepare his coffee every morning

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 27, 2019:

That's cool, Lynne. Thanks for commenting.

Lynne Samuel from Malaysia on November 27, 2019:

I love coffee, I can drink 2 to 3 mugs in the morning *lol*. Also, sometimes I rely on the caffeine to keep.me up when I have work to do.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 27, 2019:

Thanks for commenting too, Lora. I appreciate your explanation.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 27, 2019:

Thanks Pamela. Yes, I agree with you. Coffee is healthy.

Lora Hollings on November 27, 2019:

This is a wonderful article, Luis, about librarians and their fondness for coffee! I'm not a librarian but I really love drinking coffee too. I hear coffee is actually very good for you. It can even enhance your cognitive abilities and help keep your mind from degenerating as you age! And, of course, I love the taste too. It is rich with antioxidants too and the aroma is absolutely intoxicating. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2019:

I drink 1 1/2-2 cups of coffee each morning, I think so many people drink coffee now thar librarians must be like so many people in the world. In recent medical studies they say it is healthy. I enjoyed your article.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 27, 2019:

Great to hear that Devika, anyway, you better checkout if your library is offering coffee or tea while reading. Thanks for dropping by.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 27, 2019:

I have two coffees a day and fine with that. I prefer tea to coffee. I have not visited a library in a while. I live in a small community our library is 40 mins from home. Interesting place to for memories of books.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 27, 2019:

Thanks for dropping by Manatita. In your place, is there any library with coffee shop inside?

manatita44 from london on November 27, 2019:

A noble effort in relation to the librarian and drinking coffee. Some useful history.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 27, 2019:

I agree with you, Bill. In order to start a day, coffee is great. However, if it is already an addiction, that is too much. Lol.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 27, 2019:

Coffee is a great way to start a day. I drink cold brew myself; less bitterness and no additives needed. :)

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 27, 2019:

Thanks for dropping by here Eric. I appreciate that I am an instrument for that you remember those old days.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 27, 2019:

I like this.

I remember in post graduate studies we had a library about 60 meters long and wide. Some of the books were hundreds of years old. They had a line on the floor about 3 meters from the doors. Absolutely no food or drink of any sort beyond it.

Thanks for bringing back that memory. Maybe I spent over 500 hours in there. There was no "checking" out of books.

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