I know by now that human lives can be diverse beyond imagination.\nBut I still believe that even after accounting for all the things that I personally might be incapable of imagining, certain boundaries might exist.\nBut the more I travel, the more I see the lives in other cultures, it is slowly dawning upon me that such boundaries do not exist.\nWe speak of innovation and disruptive innovation beyond existing practices in every domain\u2026 but even if we were to list out all the possible existing practices and integrate them through some deep analytics, we might have something huge \u2013 something of the magnitude of the 23&me project by google.\nA sip of my morning coffee reminds me of my original thought for this note \u2026\n***\nSemaran, Indonesia.\nAs we stroll outside a charming restaurant after lunch, I notice the beautiful buildings and the accents. \nAnd then eventually this:\n\nCuriosity made me take those 10 post-lunch-lethargic steps in the sun and walk over to the metal structure that I do not recognise as a cage, until I see a little animal sleeping peacefully inside.\nI\u2019m satisfied thinking it is some random cat and move on toward the store. Until my google-replica husband walks to the spot and begins to tell me all about this. My usual response after 30 years of receiving unsolicited education from him is \u2018DID i ask??\u2019 \u2013 which when translated into the demure-Indian-wife-speak (that I doubtlessly am) translates into a quiet \u201coh ok\u201d.\n\n\nBut this time I was glad to hear the story \u2013 because the world seems to have run out of things with which to alarm me. And getting alarmed is good \u2013 it keeps me from getting too complacent in my \u2018I\u2019ve-seen-it-all\u2019 couch.\n***\nSo the people of these islands had coffee plantations for a long time. Once upon a time the plantation was visited by Luwak or Civet cats. This was a problem since the cats ate up the coffee beans and destroyed the cash crop of the farmers. But later the farmers found that these coffee beans were not digested by the cats and they were eventually excreted as whole coffee beans.\nSo they collected these again, processed them, ground them and used them to brew their coffee.\nNow to their surprise, they found that these coffee beans had a unique flavor \u2013\u00a0 a flavor that they enjoyed!!\nAnd so, various methods have been devised to attract the wild Luwak to eat the original beans and then use the excreted beans for coffee\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026..\n\nNot including the psychological costs, (only paid by outsiders like me), even the pure monetary premium on\u00a0 these beans is very high.\n\nThe hot sun, the post-lunch stupor were all forgotten and all that I could think of was this!\nMr. Google-Replica refused to buy any .. saying that Civet Cats were the cause of SARS \u2013 and it may not agree with our constitution and some glands that gave it the flavor and and and \u2026\u2026\u2026\u2026\n!!!\nThe adventure of Indonesia begins!\n**\nBack to Indonesian Archipelago Diaries\njm\nDec 2015\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post A Cup of Unusual Brew appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.