Mrs. Loren's class's format is classroom lecture and experiential; we take Greek activities, process them in our brains, connect them to a part of ourselves, and see if they can have impacts on our futures. With permission, I'm sharing a reflection from our Greek coffee experience, which is always a favorite activity - partly because the coffee is delicious but mostly because we all love Vicky so much.
The following words are by HUGer Harli:
One day I was talking with Vicky about coffee and she said she appreciated the process of making coffee instead of just the end product. So I was interested in watching the process she goes through and hearing what she had to say as she went about making it. I think my favorite part about the experience was the excitement in Vicky’s eyes. She is always eager to teach us more and more about her culture with such joy.
As she was explaining how to make the coffee, she told us that we are to place the coffee grounds directly into the pot after we add the right amount of water and sugar. This is intriguing to me because the consumer is getting the fullness of the coffee rather than the diluted coffee out of a coffee maker or even a pressed coffee machine. Once you dilute anything too much, it becomes what you are diluting it with. In this case, water. If somebody is expecting coffee, it is quite the shock for him or her to drink water.
The process is an important part of life and Vicky was very thoughtful in what she said about Greek coffee and how it does relate to life. She said that coffee is about the time and effort we put into it. As she was saying these things, I thought about friendship. I thought about what happens when we put all of our ‘grounds’ into the pot versus what it looks like to dilute the substance so much so that there is only a watered down version of the original richness. I think water can look many different ways in this sense. For me, my dilution consists of lack of trust. Therefore, I do not give myself fully due to fear. I feel like whenever I remove the fullness of myself, the overall outcome is not as enjoyable as it could be.
All in all, I appreciated the way Vicky made me think about the intentional, quality time a worthwhile process requires. I am thankful to be reminded that we are to be full and rich in substance. As we discovered, the way of Greek coffee is very worth the time we put into it.