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Coffee Cherished Blogfest Vidya Sury

I have so many things I cherish, that I had a tough time choosing what to write about.

Should I talk about my camera, which captures memories for me to cherish and is a great way to lift my spirits? Or the purse I’ve been using for decades, gifted to me by my Mom? The set of containers I’ve had in my kitchen for so long, I cannot remember—simply because my Mom bought them and I love them? My book collection? The coffee filter that’s been around for generations and is like a member of the family, which I’ll probably use for as long as I exist?

Yes! That was it. Everything comes right back to coffee—for me, at any rate.

I love my coffee and my coffee filter. It has been in our family for so long that I am not even sure how old it is. All I know is that I’ve always seen it in its place of pride on the kitchen counter to the left of our stove, in the space seemingly reserved for it—right from the days when we used coal and wood as fuel, to kerosene stoves and now, cooking gas.

Our kitchen may have progressed over the years to keep up with the times, adding appliances and gadgets that save time and do a better job, but our coffee filter rules her domain. Some of my friends have practically threatened to gift me one of those snazzy coffee machines, but I keep assuring them that I would never consider switching over to a more modern coffee maker.

I love my morning ritual of spooning the coffee powder, made from roasting coffee beans and freshly ground, into the filter. As I pour boiling water over the coffee powder I feel excited as I anticipate the musical sound of the eagerly awaited coffee decoction percolating. I also imagine I hear my Mom’s voice, sometimes humming, sometimes talking to me.

This usually coincides with the milk coming to a boil on the stove. I pour the milk into large “tumblers” and, detaching the bottom of the coffee filter from its top, ignoring the unbearable heat on my hands, reverently let the filter drip into the milk to get just the right shade.

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My husband and I then settle down with our coffee, each occupying our favorite seat, and enjoy those moments before we get started with our day.

I fondly remember how excited my husband was when he got a moka coffee pot from Italy, soon after we got married.  Of course, I used it a couple of times, but packed it off within the week, placing it within sight on one of the shelves just to say, “Hey, it is not that I don’t like you, but I prefer the old coffee filter!”

You see, coffee is more than a beverage for me.

It spells love.

Sacred cherished moments.

Best friends.

Instant mood-lifter.

A hug in a mug.

Coffee is a hug in a mug

Good times.

Happy memories.

Warm conversations.

Freshly ground heaven.

The smell of possibilities.

Liquid sanity.

And sometimes, even a peacemaker, because coffee solves everything! It does!

Why, my coffee even loves me back! Look at that heart!

Coffee Cherished Blogfest Vidya Sury

Cherished blogfest, happening on July 29, 30 and 31, 2016, is hosted by DamyantiDan Antion, Peter Nena, Sharukh Bamboat, Cheryl Pennington and Kate Powell, where we talk about a cherished object and why, in about 500 words.

Cherished Coffee Vidya Sury

Curious to see what I wrote about in last year’s Cherished Blogfest? Find out here.

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20 Comments

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    Debbie D.
    July 31, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    This puts coffee on a whole other level. Love it, Vidya! I couldn’t survive without it. Lovely, brown elixir. 🙂
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    Dan Antion
    July 31, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    There’s a cherished object I can relate to. Coffee is such an important part of my day. I can understand why you stand your ground with this filter. Some things just don’t need to be improved!

    Thank you for sharing this as part of the cherished blogfest.
    Dan – cohost – #CBF16

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      Vidya Sury
      July 31, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you, Dan! Absolutely right – I love that filter! Thank you for such a fun blogfest! I enjoyed it last year, and was looking forward to it, this year!
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    Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor
    July 31, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Coffee is a great choice as a cherished item! I wish I had thought about it. My morning isn’t complete until I’ve had my cup of coffee (or two). It’s definitely a cherished part of my day.
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    Kate Powell
    July 31, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    As I sit down to our french press brew, filled with sliced ginger, brown sugar, and goat milk, I cannot imagine a morning without it! And the memories attached. Laughing because I mentioned our coffeepot in my cherished blogpost this year! Thank you — and checking out your gratitude postings on Thursdays.
    Kate, Cohost #CBF16

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      Vidya Sury
      July 31, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you Kate! The description of your coffee sounds amazing! I love the taste of ginger. I am running over to “see” your coffeepot! Yes, I am addicted to coffee, in a nice way! Thank you for cohosting this wonderful blogfest! Do join me for the Gratitude Circle bloghop!
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    Asha
    July 31, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I can smell coffee right now as I read this 🙂 I love my filter coffee too and I just can’t start my day without it. I would love to taste yours someday !
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    Paul
    July 31, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    What a great choice! The world practically runs on coffee, so we can’t say it isn’t cherished. As someone who grinds the beans before each pot (and prefers a good press pot), I enjoyed reading about your coffee-making process. It sounds delicious. Good post!

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    P. J. Lazos
    August 1, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Great post. Life wouldn’t be half as fun without coffee!

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    Cheryl
    August 1, 2016 at 4:11 am

    I love it! A hug in a mug. My parents also used electric percolators but my Dad treasured his blue speckled camping pot with the little cotton filter that got browned over many uses, which was why, they said, the coffee tasted so good! While in Costa Rica we bought and used a “Costa Rica” coffee pot, it was a wooden device with an arm with a hole to drop the simple cotton filter into where the coofee was spooned into and boiling water poured over to slowly drip into the littl glass caraffe below. I use a more modern pour over system but still prefer it to the Keurig which we also use. Thanks for the great share to the CBF blogfest. I find that most cherished objects for people come with cherished memories too. Cheryl

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    Nabanita
    August 1, 2016 at 7:25 am

    You just made me crave for coffee. We get some awesome filter coffee at office . I’m craving for some right now:) <3
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    Mary J
    August 1, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Oh, you so make me want to go brew a cup of coffee right now…except it’s almost 10 p.m. here and I need to get some rest. There are so many people who cherish their morning cup of java…it truly is liquid sanity. Thanks for sharing your love of coffee as something you cherish every day.

    Mary J
    CBF Cohost

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    Inderpreet Uppal
    August 1, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I love your love for coffee! I agree as well. The last pic of the brew up close, so dark, so strong and so tempting. I will have to visit your just the coffee 😀
    I had thought of doing the CBF but could not think of any one thing to share so let is pass but I think next year I will since reading so many posts gave me ideas of what I could like about.
    I would have loved to see a picture of your old coffee machine, it’s like a piece of history and love.
    Happy coffee and happy days ahead. <3
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    Inderpreet Uppal
    August 1, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I will have to visit you just for the coffee 😀
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    Ronel Janse van Vuuren
    August 1, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Love the various things that coffee means to you. As a coffee drinker myself, I can totally relate to how the best ideas are born from a great cup of coffee 😉 Thanks for sharing.
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    Amelia
    August 2, 2016 at 8:37 am

    How entertaining to read your post about your cherished object – coffee! Personally, I like coffee but after reading this, obviously not as much as you 🙂

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    Marian Allen
    August 4, 2016 at 2:25 am

    We have a drip coffee maker, an aeropress, and a French press, but we always seem to use the drip one. I’d love to see your whole process — it sounds so different from just measuring in the pre-ground beans, pouring water in the well, and pushing a button!

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    Simon Falk
    August 5, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Morning coffee is so special. It’s so versatile. There’s the quiet, pensive coffee on our own, or the coffee with family and friends. Ah… I can smell it now. A refreshing post yours is.

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