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Make Time for Coffee
The Switchables Coffee Time stained glass night light cover won't help jumpstart you in the morning, but it won't keep you awake all night, either -- let's assume that it's decaf. Collectors will want to know that this cover replaces the old SW090 Coffee Cup. This updated version gives you a saucer and spoon with your cup.
This cover uses the traditional stained glass process with a soldered metal frame around cut pieces of glass. You can identify the old-style covers by their "SW" catalog numbers. "SF" covers use the fused glass process and don't have metal borders.
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sold separately). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup. Switchables make gift-giving easy: Start your recipient out with a fixture and one or two covers, then buy him or her new covers on future gift-giving occasions.
Are you curious...?
According to legend, 9th century Ethiopian shepherds noticed that their goats "danced" with manic energy after eating coffee berries. A dancing goat made one of those shepherds think "I'll have what he's having!" and the world's most popular beverage (after water) was on its way. That story wasn't written down until 1671, though, so it's probably more legend than history. A more reliable story says that one Sheikh Omar was exiled from Mocha, Yemen, to a desert cave. The starving man chewed some berries from a nearby shrub, but found them nasty and bitter. Lacking other options, he roasted some seeds to improve their flavor, but now they were too hard to chew. He boiled the roasted seeds to soften them up. The water actually looked and smelled better than the seeds did, so Omar drank some of it and was sustained for days. When stories of this new miracle drug got back to Mocha the leaders asked Omar to return and made him a saint for his trouble.
We know for fact that coffee drinking was a thing in Sufi Muslim monasteries around Mocha in the 15th century, which fits with Omar's story. By the 16th century coffee had swept through the Middle East, where it remained proprietary by boiling or sterilizing all coffee beans destined for export. Coffee cultivation finally spread to the rest of the world when somebody smuggled viable seeds late in the 17th century.