Henry says the Lakota called it black medicine. I can imagine Black Elk drinking from a gourd, huddling around a teepee with a peace pipe sometime in July when the cherries are ripe.
Henry looks at each customer with green eyes full of gourmet hot chocolate and caramel mochas. He moves his arms across the espresso machine, steaming milk, whirling words with a smile.
His eyes sail through you like a windjammer, as if you’ve been caught by a cool island breeze. He hums as he scrubs stubborn stains off of soup kettles, stocks the pantry, or pours steamed milk.
He shakes his head and his braids rustle round him. I work the register, exchanging money for drinks. The smell of French Roast perfumes the air. You can hear the crackle of beans as they grind.
The line is long: a mother with a stroller, a boy in a wheelchair, two ladies with Gucci bags. Two wealthy ladies talk of sconces in their new living rooms, a young couple orders hot chocolate,
and a lone man with dark black hair stands at the back of the café wearing a T-shirt, his arms exposed to reveal a green tattoo: “I-R-A-Q” neatly printed across his skin. Henry talks to them all as they huddle around, waiting
for their black medicine. Henry makes everything look easy. He can do three things at once. Yet Henry’s not easy. He’s just trying to figure life out before it passes him by.
--published in Highland Park Poetry, Wilda Morris’s blog, and Winnetka Living
Fuel your muse
5% of sales benefit the Durham
Literacy Center. This medium-dark
roast blend is a partnership with our
fellow B-Corp Certified friends at
Whether you qualify for FREE shipping from an order of $25 or more (excluding tax) or a coupon for free shipping, we reserve the right to select the actual carrier (Fedex or USPS). If it’s important to you to use a particular carrier, please indicate this desire in the customer comment field during checkout and we'll do our best to fulfill your request.
WHEN DO WE SHIP YOUR ORDER?
When we receive your order by 12 noon on a business day, we make an earnest attempt to ship your order that same day. If we miss this goal, we will ship it the next business day.
Shipping rates will be displayed at checkout before you complete your payment, no surprises.
If you've selected Fedex, and unless specified otherwise, Fedex will leave the package at your door without a signature.
CUSTOMER PICK UP
If you order by 12 noon on a business day, you can pick up between 4-5pm that day, or any following business day from 9-5pm.
DON'T MISS OUR PROMOTIONS
Sign-up for our latest coupons and other cool stuff below: