Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.
Coffee Quotes – Jessi Lane Adams
As I jotted down ideas over the last couple of weeks to facilitate posting through the AtoZChallenge (26 posts in April for 26 days except Sundays), I was giving the tip of my pen an hard time. While contemplating “C”, I got my Creative Cells working overtime – and decided to get me a Cup of Coffee to fuel my consciousness and moved on to other stuff.
Then it hit me this morning. C for Coffee. Obviously. And the post for Day 3 into the A to Z Challenge became…
Coffee Quotes, Notes and Memories
My favorite cup of coffee used to be the one (or two, or three) I enjoyed with my Mom every day. The first one was the best. Precious moments that involved making lists, discussing wishlists, sharing dreams and fantasies. And sometimes a song or two. The early rays of the sun bathing our balcony with a gentle light, ushering in yet another brand new day. The aroma of the coffee mixed with other fragrances – flowers, incense, and perhaps cooking.
I had my first coffee when I was fifteen – it was exam preparation time and one day, I was busy reading something and just picked up the first cup on the table and sipped. My glass of milk is never hot. It is cold. I yelped in shock and burnt my tongue. That was my first ever experience with coffee – strange coming from a tambram – we are renowned for our affinity to pure coffee. So anyway, you’d think I’d be totally put off, right? Wrong! Later, my Mom added just a few drops of the coffee decoction in my milk and I had my taste of cold coffee. I was hooked. Thus began my love for coffee. (Don’t believe anyone who says you should go by your first experience with any thing!)
Coffee brings happy memories of times with family and friends – long afternoons punctuated with piping hot fresh filter coffee and music and conversation. And then we would wonder why we didn’t feel hungry at all. Ha!
I orchestrate my mornings to the tune of coffee.
Coffee Quotes – Harry Mahtar
South Indians are known for being coffee addicts. And we’re oh-so-finicky about it. We are suspicious with every coffee that has not been made in our own kitchen. My first cup of coffee is my favorite. (I say cup loosely. What I mean is a thug of a steel glass that takes an easy 400 ml). Pure filter coffee. With froth on top.
I start my morning with it. After I light the lamp, it is prayer time. The day begins. The milk boils. The water boils in another pan. I add pure coffee powder to the top half of my filter and pour boiling water over it. As I watch the milk steadily rise, my senses are aware of the “tik, tik, tik” sounds of the drops of coffee decoction settling in the lower half of the filter, and the rising aroma of the coffee. I switch off the stove just in time to avoid the milk overflowing.
And now, the moment of truth. (or lies, it really doesn’t matter, because this is a sacred moment between me and my coffee). Into my steel glass, I add a half teaspoon of sugar. Never more. I like to savor the bitter taste of this pure fresh coffee. I fill my glass with the just boiled milk until it is just a little short of the brim. Then, carefully dismantling the top half of the filter, wincing at the heat, I pour the aromatic decoction from the bottom half into my glass of milk, until it is just right in color. Important to note: NOT milk to decoction, but decoction to milk. I stir it in with a spoon. (Stirred, not shaken !) Then, it is time for my first sip of the day. A small one. The coffee trickles down my tongue, which reluctantly allows it to move on, into my throat, energizing my system. I take sip after blissful sip. And all is right with the world.
So, is coffee good for you?
Coffee tastes great and motivates you to start the day on a happy now, but what about its health benefits? A growing body of research shows that coffee drinkers, compared to nondrinkers, are:
- less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia
- have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes
However, they are not saying that coffee can prevent those conditions. As with anything, moderation is key.
So, are you a coffee drinker? When was the first time you tasted it?
If you’re not a coffee drinker, what do you prefer instead?
Grab your favorite beverage and watch this enchanting video with me!
Corinne Rodrigues’ Captivating Coonoor