My parents drank coffee with their meals. The last thing my mother did, before she sat down at the table, was to pour the coffee. As far as I know my siblings and cousins still do this. It wasn’t until I moved from the small town to the big city that I discovered most people drink coffee after the meal, not with it.
Most people that is, except Norwegians. When we visited Norway for the first time I was surprised to see the diners in restaurants drinking coffee rather than wine. They had coffee with the first course, the main course, and, naturally, dessert. To relax after dinner they had…. coffee.
That explains my family – my father was Norwegian.
Children, of course, were not allowed to drink coffee. As a teenager, I would wait for my parents to leave the house, then make a pot of coffee for myself. For some reason the summer after graduation was the summer of coffee. My friends and I drank gallons of it. We made the coffee in our parent’s electric percolators with Folgers. It was probably horrid.
Fast forward a few years to office coffee – that has a reputation for being horrid. It was drip coffee that was made in big machines and sat on burners for days.
Except in my office. I was the head computer geek and the other geeks and I made a deal with the coffee vender. We had our own, small coffee machine and bought our own, top of the line (at the time) beans.
Fast forward a few more years to Spanish coffee. Spanish coffee is, simply, the best. That’s my opinion. Our British friend who lived in Spain agreed that it’s the best in Europe. He spent his first few years as a veterinarian in the south-western Pacific. He said Papua New Guinea coffee was better.
What? You’ve never heard of coffee being grown in Papua New Guinea? That’s not surprising as it only accounts for 1 – 2 % of ‘single origin’ coffee – meaning coffee that is not used in a blend (Folgers). If you like interesting coffees and are looking for something different than the usual beans coming from Brazil or even Kona or Costa Rica try coffee beans from Papua New Guinea.
One last thing….. Have you heard of a coffee nap?
Having a lovely cup of hot coffee in the middle of the afternoon (my favorite time) always makes me sleepy.
Yes, coffee makes me sleepy.
A little research led me to the coffee nap.
It works like this: You’re tired and want a quick nap but don’t want that lethargic feeling so common after sleeping. Have a coffee first. In fact – make it an espresso. The warm beverage will make you sleepy. Enjoy your nap. The caffeine will kick in after about 20 minutes and you’ll wake up ready to tackle whatever the rest of the day has in store.
You could even have another coffee…..