July 16, 2011 Nathan

Got game: fun with coffee beans

The humble coffee bean. Back when I was a boy we had to play with rocks. If we were lucky.

BoingBoing suggests a series of games to play with any beans you’ve got lying around the place.

“1. Nim. (We didn’t invent this one.) To play Nim, you arrange coffee beans (or other small counters) into piles. On your turn, you can take as many beans as you wish from any one pile. The object is to take the last bean from the table. We played lots of variations of this basic game.

2. Guess the Total. Each player puts between zero and four beans in his/her hand. Then each player guesses the total number of beans being held by all the players. Whoever is closest wins.

3. Tower of Beans (as seen above). Everyone starts with three beans. On “go” everyone tries to be the first to stack all three beans. Variation: who can make the highest stack of beans? (We couldn’t make a stack higher than three.)”

They don’t sound that fun. I like the idea of a game I just thought up. Called coffee bean assassin. It’s very similar to the assassin game you play using socks, but you throw beans at people instead. But you use a peashooter. Or beanshooter.

Have you got a game to play with coffee beans? I have a batch of burnt beans I can try it out with.

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Nathan Nathan is a coffee lover, home roaster, amateur barista and coffee tinkerer. He's married, has two kids, one turtle, and for a day job works for Creek Road Presbyterian Church. He previously worked in PR. This blog is his attempt to make coffee tax deductible.