By default but certainly not without skill, davebearin has won the right to become The Chocolate Cult's new Chocolate Coffee Acolyte or the Mocha Acoltye if he wishes it to be called that.
Here is his winning essay: "Chocolate and coffee already have much in common. Both are exotic things which through familiarity have become commonplace. Both come in a broad range of presentations, from simple to sophisticated, prosaic to profound. Moreover, both substances have highly nuanced flavors that - depending on their preparation - can be bright, dark, bitter, sweet, anywhere in between - or perhaps some delectable combination of several such things. Either treat on its own can be a delight, but combining them creates a complex counterpoint which done properly can be even more compelling than the sum of the considerable individual charms. These are flavors which seem fully capable of romancing one another, a worthy match.
To the Chocolate Coffee Acolyte falls the difficult yet honorable task of making sure these wonders are each appreciated with the proper perspective. Too often, people regard chocolate as a simple tasty indulgence, with little respect shown to its powerful chemical contributions to mood and well-being. Too often, coffee is respected for its caffeine punch alone, its flavor a secondary consideration. Balance of flavor, balance of perspective - these are key to understanding the marvelous duet that coffee and chocolate provide."
I will contact him tomorrow and we will meet up so he can begin his witnessing sooner than I had hoped.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.