Friday, May 20, 2016

Sunday Scribblings 2

Posted Saturday May 21
This week's given word is froth(y)


Years ago almost every high street in England had a coffee retailer called Importers. In the shop window sat a roaster which tumbled coffee beans in a cylinder over a fiery gas burner. Low down near the pavement was a grill through which the aromatic fumes wafted into the street. That is where my love affair with coffee started.
The way we make a cup of coffee has certainly changed over the years. I remember my Gran making it with a thick brown liquid in a bottle, Camp it was called. She added hot milk and sugar. It was unpleasant! Then came instant coffee powder, Nescafe, followed by coffee granules which smelt vaguely like coffee and are still around today. When I first got married, top of the wedding present list was a coffee percolator. A strange gurgling device which converted that fabulous aromatic Importers ground coffee to a boiled and fairly unpleasant brew which tasted nothing like coffee at all! Then we moved on to a cafetiere which was slightly better. Nowadays a machine which uses little pods is everyone’s must have gadget.

I love coffee. Thick, bitter and sludgy in Turkey. Strong and black in Greece. Coffee with passion in Italy, and coffee which kicks back in South America. My favourite? Simple and black, with nothing added. The way nature intended! You can keep your froth and your cinnamon. I don’t want chocolate sprinkled on top or steamed milk stirred in.

Writing this has made me thirsty! Anyone fancy a cup of tea?



12 comments:

  1. What a delightful finishing line! I used to enjoy coffee for a time but my middle aged tummy seems to dislike it now. My current favorite *daytime* beverage is a fruity green tea steeped and chilled. Yum. Be well!

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    1. I'm not a tea fan myself, but I have say your tea of choice sounds delicious!

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  2. Okay, stupid question--I remember powdered coffee and it was all the rage in the 70s or so. Could people not get good coffee grounds at home back then and just put them in a filter? I get my coffee from a Keurig every day--cinnamon roll flavored!

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    1. You are probably correct Stephanie! A for cinnamon roll coffee.....!

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  3. Strong black with a teaspoon or two of honey!! That's my must have early wake-up dose!! Everyday!!! ;-)

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    1. Wow! This is getting worse!!! Each to their own Aj.

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  4. I have coffee black at home but out I will have a cappuccino merely to make eyes at the barista!

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    1. Eye eye! I assume the barista is female!

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  5. Always tea (and cake of course) - made me think of Cawardines - they had a very distinctive smell.. funny how everything has an evolution..

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    1. Now you come to me mention I'm sure there's a Cowardines in Exeter - at least thee used to be!

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  6. Thank you - glad you found it so.

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