before you grind your beans up
first you’ve got to roast them
if you want to turn them brown
you need a flame

put a match under your fire
then put your pan upon it
listen to those green beans
crack and strain

spin the browning beans around
turn and twist and twirl them
make them smoky dark
but never burned

then tip them in the strainer
before you rush them through the air
do it mighty quick
the way you’ve learned

now you’ll find your Arabica
is ready for the grinding
into a powder with the power
of dynamite

and if you want to drink espresso
make it grumble on the stove
the best espresso is an attitude
and cranky
kick your head
is what I’ve brewed

© Frank Prem, 2014


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