Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sunday Coffee

I love my coffee. There is nothing like starting the day with a nice hot cup of coffee. Sunday coffee is especially nice though. On Sunday mornings I can sit quietly and enjoy my coffee without all the distractions of the world around me. I can slowly sip it and savor every precious moment. It's just me and my coffee.

I have loved coffee for as long as I can remember. My Grandmother Lottie first let me taste it. Her real name was Carlotta but everyone called her Lottie. I called her Grandma Lottie. She would sit in her tiny kitchen, reading the paper every morning and sip her coffee. She drank it strong and black. She would only make one cup though because she believed in moderation.

On weekends, I would drop by and visit her. She would offer me breakfast but I usually declined because I knew she didn't have much and I didn't want to take what little she had. On mornings that I said yes though, she would make a small batch of pancakes for me. She would make them from scratch and almost never had syrup. Instead she would put a small mound of sugar in the middle of the stack and then add a few spoon fulls of her coffee right out of her cup. Then I would smear it over the pancakes and enjoy. Those were great memories. I really loved Grandma Lottie.

Back then, there wasn't the selection of coffees we have today. Hers was strong,full of flavor and almost overpowering but she liked it that way. Today though, you can get it in any number of ways. From dark rich Colombian to sweet creamy lattes. I still like mine simple but not too heavy. I still sometimes have the the traditional Colombian but I prefer a more modern contemporary coffee. I think coffee is great anyway you serve it.

I gave up coffee for a while. No particular reason, I just thought I would try life without it. Coffee must be really powerful though because when I didn't have it, I craved it every day. I longed to have it back in my life and thought about it all the time. I know I could never live without it. Sometimes when I wake up early and lay in bed, all I think about is coffee. The good thing is coffee is everywhere. If I get up late and miss it at home, I can find it anywhere from the grocery store to the library.

Coffee is in every country too. I doubt if there is any country where coffee can't be found. You may have to look hard in some places because it isn't out where everyone can see it but I know it is still there. Even in countries like China where most people drink tea. coffee is still there. In poor places like Ethiopia there is still coffee. The other day I had Ethiopian coffee by the way and it was good. I just want to say "coffee is good".

On cold winter mornings, there is nothing better than a hot cup of coffee. As you sip it, it enters you and warms you from the inside and before you know it, you are warm all over. As long as I sip it, the cold stays out and I feel warm inside. On hot days I enjoy a glass of ice coffee. Coffee is so refreshing. Coffee is great. Well I have finished my coffee but I want more so let me go get it. I hope you are enjoying your morning coffee.

You could say coffee is a lot like God in every way I mentioned above. Have a great Sunday,



just me said...

I love my morning coffee too, and I love coffee after dinner. I am drinking a lot more than I used to do, and the first cup is always the best.

Everyone needs a Grandma Lottie in their lives.

Celticspirit said...

I'm sitting here drinking my plain old folgers coffee and it tastes pretty good. I never used to drink coffee until I moved here and now I'd rather not do without it. My 12year old son also drinks it and has a cup every morning before school and a few more than that on weekends. Yeah coffee is good.But I have to add...I very much dislike Starbucks cappichinos which I tried for the first time a couple weeks ago. Yuck.

Kathy said...

My husband and I were just talking yesterday about what I would give up before my coffee and he his cigars...the cost of coffee just continues to rise! The thought of having a cup of coffee gets me out of bed in the morning. I love the dark roasts best.

Lisa said...

As I sit here sipping my first cup of coffee, I wanted to ask for clarification on something.

So, how do you really feel about coffee? Like it? Take it or leave it? LOL ;)

From one coffee drinker to another!

Kati said...

LOL Reading this as I sit here drinking some Safeway brand Classic Roast heavily flavored with Irish Cream creamer. My sister's a coffee nut, prefering to buy her own beans, green, roast them herself, then grind them herself. Of course she's just gotten herself an espresso machine & found out that she can't grind her own beans finely enough for that machine, so she's had to go back to buying an espresso-grind from elsewhere. (Said a decent grinder for the fine grade needed for espresso would run her upwards of $200.) I just laughed as she said this and said that this is what makes me glad I'm fine with a cup of folgers or maxwell house, and not such a coffee snob that I need the harder-to-find stuff. (Besides, I can only have 2 cups a week without spending the rest of the week entirely too jittery.)

What a nice post about your Sunday morning "ritual". (Ironically, as well, my sister's Sunday morning ritual includes a cup or two of good coffee at her favorite coffee shop, a scone as well, and either the newspaper or some of Plato's writings.)

Have a Blessed upcoming Week!

Beth said...

you know what? I love the SMELL of coffee...esp, fresh ground coffee. I lived with my grandma and she loved coffee too. She would get her coffee maker ready at night, and I loved to smell it, when she would open up the can and that smell would just take over the whole kitchen. And she always drank the bubbles on top of her coffee first...said it would bring her money or something like that.

I miss her.

Wanda said...

I too am a coffee lover! I love the story of Grandma Lotte and the sugar and coffee on the pancakes! That is precious!
I like different flavors and richness of coffees depending on what I am having with it.
I've found my favorite to keep at home for daily use is Trader Joe's Mocha Java !! A real nice full flavor but not bitter.
I just made a batch of Chocolate Cookies, and put on a pot of coffee, then come to my computer...and what are you sharing with us Wish I could send a couple of those warm cookies over the internet.
Great Post as usual Greg.

Kim S in SC said...

Oh, I love this post. Makes me want to sit and have a cup of coffee with someone special. Great story of your grandmother!

Gardener Greg said...

Thanks everyone. Thanks for the vixit and the comments.

Nonna said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have a very nice blog as well. Have a blessed week!

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