As many of you may know, my name is Kati… not to be confused with “Katie,” which I get a lot. While I love my name (pronounced ‘Kah-tee) and I think it suits me very well, it has caused me a lot of grief over the years.
It’s beautiful and unique… but boy, oh, boy does it confuse people. If I had a nickel for every time my coffee at Starbucks comes back with an incorrect name… i’d be a millionaire! #firstworldproblems
And it’s places like Starbucks where my name gets the most butchering and so I thought it particularly funny when this past summer Starbucks debuted a a limited run blend of coffee called “Kati, Kati.” (It’s awkward when you go to order coffee during said limited run, give your name to the cashier and he replies, Oh that’s weird we have a coffee with that name… Yes, sir that’s my name you stole! Where are my royalties!).
According to Starbucks, “The phrase Kati Kati means “between” or “in the middle” in Swahili.” (I rather embrace the Eastern European meaning of “pure,” but to each his own.)
“It’s an appropriate name for this blend of East African coffees with its invigorating balance of citrus and spice notes. Bright, medium-bodied and equally delightful hot or iced, this coffee pairs flawlessly with a bowl of fresh citrus fruit and your favorite sunny spot.” (Why thank you!)
I, of course, had to buy it because how often do you have a Starbucks coffee blend named after you?
And having your own Starbucks blend, grabs the attention of your friends and family and over the months, I’ve gotten periodic texts and photos informing me of this news! Usually with an accompanying message, “OMG did you know you have a coffee?!”
And despite having purchased said coffee brand months ago, it was only recently (when up in Provincetown, MA where there was a coffee maker) that I finally got to try my coffee blend!
I’ll tell ya, this was a very intensive process from actually buying this coffee (back in June) to finally drinking it (in September). I had to get the coffee beans ground and then there’s the whole “I don’t own a coffee maker” aspect. I’m just glad months later I could finally taste it!
But I, of course, could not for the life of me describe this coffee… or any coffee really. And I have no idea how to use a coffee maker. I basically guestimated the whole process but it apparently turned out well! I have used a coffee maker 3 times in my life thus far. (I’ll work on it!) But it was good!
Now will this whole experience help the world better understand how to pronounce my name… probably not… but hey, for a girl who needs her coffee in the morning, its pretty cool when that cup of coffee is named after you!