November 13, 2012

The Simple Pleasure of Coffee

To wake up in the morning just in time to smell the aroma of a freshly brewed hot coffee coming through the kitchen is something I enjoy immensely. With each sip the dark liquid fills my body with pleasant warmth and I feel life awakens inside of me. I am in my element – new, fresh, ready to talk, excited to meet the world. What a moment, what a beginning, what a delight!
If everything in my day goes wrong, a cup of homemade coffee in the morning is something that always goes right. 
I love drinking coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. How the seeds were planted, I can't recall, but it should be my mother. As long as I remember, her mornings have always started with a strong Italian coffee made with her favorite Italian stove top coffee maker. She doesn't care if it's kind of messy and time consuming, my mom believes the simple Moka caffettiera makes the best coffee ever.
Then, it happens to be that my man is a real coffee lover. Is it because he had been working as a barista in his youth or because he just appreciates the pleasure of a good coffee, but he is truly obsessed with it. He has been buying coffee machines and experimenting with various ways of brewing coffee so that he is convinced – with the right amount of freshly ground coffee, the right machine and the right techniques, espresso is the best. However, according to him, making delicious, good espresso at home is an art. The coffee must be rich and thick so the foam from it sticks to the spoon. That is it.
I think you get my point here. Drinking coffee has become an essential ritual not only of my day-to-day life, but of my every travel, of my almost every meeting with a friend. I have enjoyed my mom's strong brew, I have drank my husband's crafted espresso, I have indulged in a Turkish coffee, a French pressed coffee, a Caffè crema at the famous Café Florian in Piazza San Marco in Venice, a Wiener Melange at famous Sacher Café in Viena, a Cuban coffee with a hint of amaretto in Hemingway's favorite La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana...
But what I haven't been lucky to have yet drank was this unique, exotic Kopi Luwak; the favorite coffee of Jack Nicholson's character in The Bucket List, the beans of which are collected from cat poops.
Not that it was a big deal to me as you may guess as it was for my husband, but somehow we both were hooked on trying it one day. The problem was because of the small production quantity and the high cost, there have been lots of imitations of the civet coffee, so we thought we would wait until we visit... perhaps... mmm... Indonesia and try the original one.
The other day a friend of mine called to say she had something special for us. To make the long story short, the company she is working with has started to distribute Kopi Luwak in the city. Thinking of us, "the coffee snobs", she knew we will be thrilled to try it. So thanks to Teddy, we just had our first Luwak as an espresso and we have just crossed the Luwak coffee tasting off of our own bucket list.

How was it?
Smooth, low in acid, earthy taste and an adventurous aura...

To me, though, it really doesn't matter if I drink an expensive coffee or a simple one made with love. What I truly adore about it is that each cup of coffee makes me pause, sit down and enjoy this pleasant moment with my full attention – smelling the aroma, diving in the color, relishing the flavour...
I love how coffee can connect friends and provide a special moment of simple pleasure.

Should we meet up for a cup of coffee and a piece of homemade coffee cake?   

Thank you for your visits and kind words!

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  1. I share your love of coffee. I too grew up with the simple Moka Caffettiera brewing espresso on our stovetop. Today however, I prefer the espresso which I brew from my Rancilio machine which produces a perfect espresso with crema that coats the cup. Your husband is absolutely right... Brewing a great espresso IS AN ART... that is exactly what I tell people. Have a great day.
    Ciao a presto...

  2. Hi Sylvia. Your blog looks lovely. I always enjoy your photos and the simple way you show them. I'm not much of a coffee drinker as I prefer tea but I enjoyed your post today. Blessings, Pamela

  3. Just found you and love your style!
    Great pictures!
    I will come back soon.
    Lovely hugs


  4. Mmmm how wonderful all of this looks! Beautiful photos!

  5. Sylvia - I love the beautiful simplicity of your new blog look. Just beautiful! And yes, I enjoy my coffee, too. The fragrance of it in the early morning, holding the warm mug in my hands while gazing out the French doors, smelling the sweetness of the creamer being poured into it, and a splash of Bailey's in it while sitting around a campfire during a get-together......Life is good! :)

    xoxo laurie

  6. Hi Sylvia,

    Such a lovely post and I can relate to wanting and needing a daily coffee or two.
    Nothing like the wonderful smell of coffee in the morning

    Happy week

  7. I adore your new blog look, and, as always, your photos make me swoon. I'd love you to share about your camera, lenses and photo tips!

  8. GOod morning beautiful friend!

    I love this. Do you know why? You have taken an every day item, a ritual, and you have highlighted it to another level. That's poetry. LOVE TO YOU! Anita

  9. Oh what deliciousness you have served up today, Sylvia! I'm a coffee lover too. Your photos are just wonderful! Our morning coffee is an important time of the day for us, and the memory of the smell of coffee brewing in the morning goes very far back indeed. You remind me of my mother's coffee cake too. Lovely!

  10. Beautiful blog and very elegant pictures. You got some lovely stuffs here.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  11. I loved reading your "ode" to coffee. It proves that the simple pleasures are best and most remembered. When I was a wee one my Mom would give me my own cup of the stuff each morning(mostly milk and sugar)but it is a special memory of shared moments that I cherish. Thank you for the gorgeous post and the stirring of memories.
    Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

  12. Such a very pretty post!! The cake looks delicious!

    Madelief x

  13. I Can almost smell the coffee from here, and test the cake. Love this post!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Beautiful, delicious, and is a simple pleasure to visit Sylvia! I love your new design too :)

  15. YES PLEASE! A cup of coffee and some coffee cake with you? Anytime! :)
    Dearest Sylivia, just when I think you could not outdo yourself...oh my goodness...your photos!
    I LOVE the new look of the blog....
    And coffee in all of its marvelous of life's greatest pleasures...
    So the civet coffee was yummy??? I don't know if I could do it! :)))
    Thank you for the beauty that you share, my friend...
    Much love,
    - Irina

  16. I am embracing your comment my dear Sylvia, because evidently, I made a huge mistake in my post. I just learned from someone else that they noticed my mistake of not clarifying or better yet, leaving out the fact that there are people who have no one. My thoughts were not clearly expressed in my lavish post that caters basically to the general population of women who love beauty, opulence and have at least a roof over their heads. Oh well, I made a blunder, but I learned. Many hugs and thanks for your KIND comment. Anita

  17. Right next to another dear friend and sister here....
    Dearest Sylvia...I am sorry, yes, the first comment was there, I simply wasn't home to publish quite yet! :))
    What a blessing to know you! So thankful for you...
    Mmmm...I think I need to brew a cup of coffee now :))
    Much love,
    - Irina


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