“A yawn is a silent scream for coffee.” (author unknown)
Isn’t it great that one of the most popular beverages in the world has a day all its own? Yes, indeed. What wakes you up in the morning, gets you out of the mid-morning slump, keeps you going all day and into the evening, and ends a perfect meal? I bet most would say, “Coffee!!!” Join the celebration of coffee on September 29th and be sure to check your favorite coffeehouses to see what specials or freebies may be available on this auspicious day.
How do you like your coffee – besides in a cup!? Are you a purist, don’t mess with a good cup of coffee kind of person? Is coffee a new experience and you’re adding milk, sugar, and just enough coffee to say that’s what you’re drinking? Do you like flavored coffees (I must admit that I’m fond of hazelnut once in a while)?
Like many, I am not a fully functioning person until I’ve had my coffee. I can see my family and friends nodding in agreement. That first cup gets me started, and the rest of the cups are icing on the cake. Yes, I love coffee. I have most of my life. My parents say that once I started walking, I’d go around the table and finish off any coffee left in a cup. When I was in high school, Dad and I could finish a 10-cup pot at breakfast. No problems with me nodding off in class! I did add cream for a short period of time but transitioned very quickly back to black coffee. That’s how Dad drank it and that’s how I drink it still. My grandfather added his own spin to a cup of coffee – he added a heaping spoon of instant coffee to a brewed cup. No wonder he could get up at 3 or 4 in the morning to go fishing.
I bet you’re thinking that the USA is the top coffee consumer in the world. I did, too. Surprisingly, the top three consumers are Sweden, Finland, and the Netherlands. The Swiss have a Fika (coffee break) daily, and many businesses have Fika rooms just for those breaks.
Preparing coffee has evolved over the years. Up to the 1930s, boiling was the preferred way to prepare coffee. It’s still brewed that way in many Scandinavian and Middle Eastern countries. The ideal temperature to serve coffee is 175 degrees to get the most flavorful brew. My memory of preparing coffee is the electric percolator that had that little clear knob on top with the metal filter basket and stem that had to be taken out and washed before making a fresh pot.
Fresh coffee. It amuses me that typically when you order a cup of coffee after a dinner, the waiter apologizes because you’ll have to wait for the coffee to brew. Don’t they know that coffee lovers want fresh coffee? I certainly don’t want a cup that’s been sitting in a pot for an hour or so. It smells burnt and who wants to drink burnt coffee?
I love iced coffee, too, especially in the summer. It’s the best refresher. I recall once ordering iced coffee in a restaurant. Clearly, the waiter had no idea what I meant. Instead of a glass filled with ice and coffee, I was brought a cup of coffee with one valiant ice cube trying to stay afloat. Sad, very sad.
Coffee is known to be a social beverage. We ask our friends to meet us for coffee. We have coffee during business meetings, we serve coffee to guests, and we give coffee and all the accessories that go with it as gifts. We linger over that last cup to visit and catch up on our lives. Coffeehouses are gathering places for relaxed conversations over a freshly brewed cup of steaming coffee.
So, raise your cup on the 29th and enjoy!