The cup I made from a coffee stump.
This was an old tree.
The handle is made from a coffee picking stick. These sticks have long handles for pulling/bending the branches over to pick the top. If you see looking close, there is a little nubbin on the top of the handle - this is used to push the branch back up into the sun!
Here's what the tree told me as I was turning the hard, oily wood on my lathe:
I have to realize that my favorite things list has coffe in it! One thing we like is something we get from growing and processing my own coffee - We get to drink it!!!
And We get to select the best for us! We have our coffee sorted into grades (by bean size & number of defects); and we keep the best for the grower's reserve label!!!