The Perfect Cuppa

the perfect cuppaI find it very interesting that I – a confirmed non-coffee drinker – should end up with so much coffee paraphernalia.

Would you believe there is – right at this very moment – a coffee maker, a French press, and a coffee grinder sitting on my counter?!

And two different kinds of coffee beans in the freezer, and an assortment of creamers and simple syrups in the fridge?

And I don’t even like the stuff! Honestly – how can something that smells so heavenly taste so nasty?!

I guess I better get used to it – with two highly-caffeinated, coffee-loving teens living in the house now.

I find it very humorous when they put coffee beans on the grocery list. What? You want me to aid in this addiction?

I stop laughing when I hit the coffee aisle.

Oh my! The choices! Whole bean or ground? Decaf or caffeinated? Flavored or plain? And how do want them roasted?  Light? Medium? Dark?  What’s the difference anyway? Then there’s all the brands to choose from!

So tell me – when did coffee drinking get so complicated? When I was growing up, coffee came in big tin cans and my mom brewed it in a peculator and would offer cream or sugar to guests.

Now you have the mocha, the latte, the frappe, the cappuccino, the macchiato, the expresso and even a half-breed frappuccino.

And they can come in almost any flavor you can imagine –  pumpkin, peppermint, gingerbread, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, almond, and the list goes on and on and on.

Do you want that hot or cold?

Steamed, pressed, brewed or dripped? Whatever that is.

How about some whipped cream on top? Sure. How about some sprinkles, too.

I’m sorry. It’s just all too confusing.

That’s why I drink tea.

A mug. Some leaves. Hot water. 6 minutes. Perfect.

Now – what kind of tea should I have? Black? Green? Herbal? Chai?  Earl Grey? Oolong? Darjeeling? Hot? Cold? Loose leaf or tea bag? With sugar or lemon or a touch of honey? Hot? Cold?

Photo courtesy of Julious Schorzman.

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7 Responses

  1. I am with you on the coffee thing. Though I am getting more warmed up to the stuff for the energy it helps me have. *smile* I didn’t like the stuff, and still don’t like it black (I put two or three scoops of hot chocotate in the cup with enough coffee to cover and stur up the hot chocolate then fill the cup with water, hot or cold depending on when I actually want to drink it *smile*) but I really enjoy tea and in fact drink far more tea than coffee, if you can call it that. *smile* We have a coffee pot and my beloved really enjoys his with a little creamer. I have peach tea, pepermint tea, mint tea, echinasia tea, and so much more that I really really enjoy! *smile* Our children will even ask for tea and now and then drink it at the ripe old ages of six and four. *smile* I put it in their little mugs and we enjoy a spot of tea together. They really like it when I offer a treat with the tea. *smile* Have a blessed day. Sincerely, Mommy of two little blessings & so much more!

  2. I remember the tin cans and percolaters 🙂 Things really are more complicated now!
    Thanks for your comment! Baking soda would definitely help with older beans, too. The article the tip came from was specifically using it for old beans. Let me know if it works!

  3. Oh, I ADORE coffee. Truly. But I just like regular old hot, black coffee. Nothing iced, no cream, milk, sugar, sweetener, foam, froth, blah blah blah. 🙂 I’m a simple coffee drinker. (I do enjoy a cup of tea now and then… but, coffee? That’s an everyday thing for me. :))

  4. I LOVE THIS POST!!!! And seriously, you make me LAUGH!!! Something I was very much in need of today! Thank you!

    Oh, and I like Vanilla Biscotti – Folgers…HOT…with Peppermint Mocha creamer! Tea works too! 🙂

  5. It has only been very recent that I have started drinking coffee. I am not sure why. One of my favorite drinks is a cup of spiced chai hot tea. Mmmmmmm!!

  6. That Cinnamon Apple today hit the spot did it not!? Of course plain ol coffee is YUCK. I agree with that. But when my husband makes coffee everyday I tend to make a cup of decaf coffee and pour in some dairy free creamer. My substitute for hot cocoa 🙂 Now if I could only put a huge dollop of whip cream on it I’d be that much closer to heaven 🙂

    Hoping to get out there soon to peek at those books~

    ~Cinnamon

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