The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent (WN) Chapter 74
Chapter 74: Coffee
“Director, are you drinking it again?”
When I went to deliver documents to the Director’s Office, there was a smell of coffee in the air.
Now that I think about it, I feel like lately, I only smell coffee whenever I come here.
For me to realise this meant that Director was that addicted to coffee.
“Don’t say that. I’m paying for the beans with my own money.”
“Of course, I know that. But it’s not good if you drink too much. You’ve been drinking it a lot lately, haven’t you?” I pressed, and Director quickly shifted his gaze.
I couldn’t help but smile wryly at his attitude.
Although, I couldn’t be assertive since I was the one who spread it around the research institute.
On the day I had coffee at the royal capital, I came back to the research institute and went to the Director’s Office to see if there was a way to make tools for coffee.
I explained the tools to Director and left it up to him since he could get them made, then the tools precisely like I had described were delivered to the research institute the following week.
I brewed coffee in the dining hall because I had the coffee beans and tools.
It’s a popular drink in the royal capital, so Director was the first to gather in the dining hall because he was interested, and everyone else followed.
Under everyone’s eyes, I used my brand new Nel Drip to brew coffee slowly.
They watched as the black liquid fell in the glass pot and cheered, “Oooh!”
Some people who weren’t familiar with the smell didn’t like it, but most did.
As one would expect from researchers at the Medicinal Herb Research Institute.
They might be tolerant towards unknown scents because they’re used to the smell of medicinal herbs.
There were also a lot of people who were fine with the taste.
Some researchers had already had coffee at the café.
Those researchers said that my coffee was easier to drink than the one offered at the café.
Maybe because coffee made from Nel Drip is lighter than Turkish coffee.
Coffee is popular in the research institute now because of that.
“Please drink it in moderation. In Japan, we even have something called caffeine poisoning. Drinking too much is bad for your health.”
“Okay, okay. I’ll be careful. I can’t drink that much in the first place to get poisoned, right?”
“I guess so…”
The thing Director said while smiling wryly is also correct.
At any rate, coffee beans are expensive because they can only be imported from another kingdom.
Therefore, the cup Director was drinking from was also small, and the amount he was drinking wasn’t that much.
He wouldn’t get caffeine poisoning even if he drinks several cups a day.
But, I was still worried.
Because the coffee here is more effective than the coffee, I drank in Japan.
There are reasons other than flavour for why coffee was popular at the research institute.
In Japan, it gives a false sense of being awake, but that effect is exhibited quite effectively here.
I was surprised when someone who had pulled three all-nighters drank coffee and looked as if he’d freshened up.
Who said that it was alright to call this a potion for sleep abnormal status?
Therefore, I can still remember that the researchers were overjoyed that they can cut their sleep hours if they have coffee as if it was yesterday.
I’ve never been warned not to drink too many potions.
Still, I was worried that they would drink too much because the effects are so great.
The coffee that Director drinks is prepared by the chefs, so I think it’s still better than mine.
The person who stayed up for three nights drank coffee that I had made.
I’m not sure whether my accursed 50% increase is applied to my pharmacy skill or my cooking skill.
After handing the documents to Director, I came across Jude as I walked down the corridor.
Apparently, he had taken some herbs from the warehouse.
We both greeted each other, “Good job,” and headed to the laboratory together.
As I walked, I remembered about the tea party and consulted with Jude.
“Kome? 1)Rice. I’ve never heard of it.”
“Then, what about rice-plants?”
“I haven’t heard of ine 2)Rice-plants either.”
“I see. Too bad.”
I talked about the ingredients that I’d mentioned at the tea party with Liz and Aira.
I asked him about rice at first, but sadly, he’d never heard of it.
Even when I tried to explain the characteristics of rice because it might be called something different here, Jude only tilted his head in confusion.
We reached the laboratory while talking, and we both went back to our work. But Jude came back after putting the herbs away.
I tilted my head wondering what he wanted, and he told me that he wanted me to tell him more about rice.
He was going to ask people back at home about it.
He said that his parents knew more about the market, so they might know.
I was grateful and explained what rice was.
“What’re you talking about?”
Director came after I finished explaining the characteristics of the plant and was describing the features of rice, a staple food.
By the time I noticed, the nearby researchers were also listening in.
I don’t think rice has a medicinal effect, but they might be interested in unknown plants because they’re plant researchers.
Don’t tell me they’re also interested in unknown foods.
I thought jokingly, and Jude explained what it was on my behalf.
“Kome and ine?”
“Yes. As a plant, it’s a rice-plant, and rice after it’s been harvested. But it’s the same thing.”
“Mm, I’ve never heard of it before.”
Even Director, who is familiar with plants, has never heard of it?
All I can do is hope that Jude’s parents know about it.
I thought, and Director gave me a good proposal, “Why don’t you talk about it with Franz?”
“Yeah. He travelled all around the world a long time ago, so he might know.”
Coffee was in a foreign kingdom.
Like Liz had said the other day, it might be produced in another kingdom.
Franz-san as an excellent merchant, seemed like someone who would research the local products while he travelled.
I can probably have hope with this.
I immediately finished work and sent a letter to Franz-san, then I received a reply a few days later.
At the same time, Jude’s parents also replied about rice.
Oddly enough, both had the same answer.
I thought that I had heard the name before, but I couldn’t remember.
“Morgenhaven is a port town to the east of this kingdom.”
I said the name of the town that was written in the letters, and Director, who had been standing next to me, explained.
I remembered what I had learnt in my lectures at the royal palace when he said that it was a port town to the east.
“Is it famous for trade?”
“That’s right. You know a lot.”
“I learnt it at my lecture. I couldn’t remember it until you mentioned it though.”
Franz-san’s letter said that he had found a grain similar to the one I had described in the east before, but the name was different.
In this kingdom, imports coming from the east are unloaded at Morgenhaven.
Basically, all the goods that come through there are in high demand, but they might have rice.
That’s what Franz-san wrote.
The letter from Jude’s parents said that they didn’t remember the name, but they had seen a similar grain in Morgenhaven.
Considering the contents of both letters, it’s likely that the grain that Franz-san talked about and the one that Jude’s parents spoke about is one and the same.
Well, I’ll ask Jude’s family to get it for now.
I thought about asking the shop like I always do, but Director suggested, “Why don’t you go to Morgenhaven?”
Huh? Can I go?