Coffee

Coffee

My favorite memory of coffee was smelling it brewing in my grandmother’s house. She would ‘put a pot on’ first thing in the morning so that the aroma permeated the house. Breakfast on the patio followed, so of course, my associations with the brew were always positive. 

I didn’t start drinking coffee until my late twenties and then I was hooked. I love a good cup of coffee. Of course, as the years have worn on, it’s better for me not to drink too much coffee and it has been relegated to the place of cherished treat every once in a while. If my tummy handled it better, I’d drink coffee everyday, several times a day.

In reading up on the subject, I was most surprised to learn that coffee didn’t make it’s appearance historically until the 15th Century. Somehow, I thought it was an ancient drink. Also, the story about the goat herder discovering coffee because his goats ate some of the coffee berries and started jumping around appears to be mere legend, an ‘urban myth’ of old.

Here’s a fun, relaxing video called Cafe Music. It’s 4 hours of Jazz and Bossa Nova music. Here’s a video about coffee enjoyment, about coffee beans, about buying, brewing, all good things. Or if you prefer pleasant guitar music, check out this video. Want to brew the perfect cup of coffee, go here. DH then reminded me to be sure to include this link to one of our favorite Jerry Seinfeld shows, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.  

FunFacts about Coffee: (Source) (Source)  

  • Approximately 1 billion people drink coffee each day.
  • Coffee beans are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant.
  • Coffee is native to tropical Africa (Ethiopia and Sudan) as well as Madagascar, the Comoros, Mauritius, and Réunion in the Indian Ocean.
  • Coffee is now grown in over 70 countries around the world.
  • The two most common kinds of coffee grown are arabica and robusta.
  • When coffee berries ripen, they are picked, processed, and dried. The seeds are then roasted to different degrees for various flavors. The roasted beans are then ground and brewed.
  • The caffeine in coffee has a stimulating effect. Duh.
  • Coffee can be served hot or iced.
  • Coffee was the first food to be freeze-dried.
  • 40% of the world’s coffee comes from Columbia and Brazil.
  • The world’s most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak, comes from beans eaten then excreted by the Sumatran wild cat. This coffee retails for up to $600 per pounds.
  • The coffee bean varieties called ‘Java’ and ‘Mocha’ are named after their ports of origin.

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47 thoughts on “Coffee

  1. I hate to admit that I absolutely despise coffee. Even the smell is disgusting to me! I’ve actually been known to go clear across the kitchen when someone is drinking coffee near me because I don’t want to smell it anymore. I’m definitely part of the tea camp and will leave the coffee for others!

  2. Love coffee! Am more a gourmand than a gourmet. Hot, black, large is my go to…with our without caffeine or somewhere in the middle is also fine by me, and the smell of roasted coffee is one of my favorites. I like the taste of coffee in candy, ice cream and cake as well. Oddly enough, when I was pregnant, coffee tasted like iron and was repulsive to me. Fortunately, that ended when the pregnancies came to term…my children are great fans, too! (NYC)

  3. I only started to drink coffee in my 30’s. Always a tea drinker before then. I was out at a coffee house and the aroma just called to me.

  4. I am absolutely and utterly in love with coffee and have been since I was 16. I don’t roast my own beans, but I have a coffee bean subscription and get new batches from various award winning micro roasters every fortnight. I do grind my own beans, and have a very nice espresso machine (my greatest indulgence)! I usually have only one cup a day, a long black (which is a double espresso with a little extra water, no milk/cream and no sugar). It’s something to be savoured, but not addicted to. I live in Sydney, Australia – arguably one of the contemporary coffee epicentres of the world. We don’t grow it but we sure do (think we) know a lot about it!!

    • Bella,
      Your take on coffee makes me want to get more serious, lol! What you do sounds wonderful and so enjoyable!

      Caris
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  5. I worked in an independent coffee shop for several years for a barista who roasted one pound at a time not the large batches you normally see being roasted. It was quite a process and helped develop my ability to discern the different roast levels and varieties of beans. I truly learned a lot and loved every minute! I could (and hopefully still can) make a mean latte and cappuccino! There is truly an art to foaming milk, but loads of fun. We naturally drank coffee every day, all day. There is truly no aroma like freshly roasted/brewed coffee. My coffee of choice is Costa Rica Tarrazu – rich, mild, smooth, and oh so enjoyable. I can smell it now!

  6. Coffee lover here!! But only regular unflavored, non-fancy, plain old coffee. I’m in love with Peet’s Major Dickason’s right now..nice and strong with great flavor. With cream and sugar or just black..both fine with me..just don’t put nothing crazy in it!!

  7. I love coffee! The smell, the taste, with cream or just black, all good! I come from a family of coffee drinkers. I lived in Washingtion State as a kid and learned to drink coffee from an early age.

  8. I love having coffee in the morning-nothing like the smell of brewing coffee to wake you up! I buy the breakfast blend – just right for me and not so strong. I used to buy coffee beans and ground it myself, but that got too expensive. I’ve had Vanilla Nut Crème and that was delicious.

  9. I love coffee! The smell of coffee brewing in the morning is wonderful. My favorites are the flavored coffees, gourmet coffee flavors.

  10. Like you, my first and most cherished memories of coffee revolve around a grandparent. From the moment I could walk, my grandfather had to watch his coffee. Hot or cold, if I could reach his cup, his coffee was GONE! I am still a coffee fanatic after 50 years.

  11. I am not a coffee drinker. Although I love the smell of coffee brewing, when I drink it, it gives me a headache, so I stay away. I am a tea drinker. Love the picture with all the loose beans, I can smell them now.

  12. I love the smell of freshly ground and brewed coffee. Unfortunately, drinking coffee is not something I can do. So disappointing, especially with what seems like a Starbuck’s on every corner. Oh well, there’s always tea!

  13. Began drinking brewed coffee in my late teens. When I was pregnant with my first child in my mid 20’s I became violently ill from it during morning sickness. Took me close to 7-8 years before I could drink it again.

    But now, I can only tolerate a mild instant coffee in the a.m. The good stuff like brewed Kona will still make me sick, although I love the smell.

    Poor DH can’t be in the same room if he can smell it. Strange how things turn out.

  14. I have always liked the smell of coffee. My mom never drank it. I drink coffee every once in a while. But when I do it’s not much because it gives me the jitters. Having high excienty doesn’t help either.

  15. I am both acoffee and a tea drinker. I recently learned that the darker the roast the less caffiene so I can drink it closer to bedtime. It works.

  16. I grew up in a house of coffee drinkers but I hardly ever drink a cup. If I do i prefer cappuccino. French vanilla or hazelnut or amaretto.. I really don’t like smelling it brew. It reminds me of a skunk for some reason. Weird I know !!. My children are split. 1 coffee drinker 1 not. My husband abhors it. But I’m the only one on my side and he on his side that doesn’t drink it. Lol I guess we are the weirdos. I don’t like hot tea either. Being from the south I like mine iced. Other people drinking coffee doesn’t bother me though. I do admire the beautiful shapes they can make in force however.

  17. I love iced mochas. I grind my own beans and like dark roast. The bolder the coffee the better in my opinion. Living in Ohio.

  18. I was the same as you Caris lol. I didn’t drink it until my late twenties either. I thought it tasted awful forever, but now if I don’t get my morning coffee…WATCH OUT! I savor it for hours during the morning.

  19. I love the smell of coffee. I love the taste of coffee. But, I can’t drink it. So I drink tea. But, I wrote a romance story set around a coffee shop–A Latte Love. A Valentine’s love story.

    denise from Maryland

  20. I like to smell the coffee beans but I don’t like coffee at all. I grew up in England, so I’m a firm drinker of tea………PG Tips is my favorite which I have to order from Amazon.

  21. Hmmmmmm . . . Coffee! Once up on a time coffee was my number two favorite drink, beaten only by plain water. While water is still my number one favorite beverage, coffee as fallen in standing. Don’t get me wrong. I still love a good cup of coffee. It is just that these days, finding said “good” cup of coffee isn’t as easy as it once was. My love affair with coffee began back in my military days. It had to be a love affair for my to not only drink, but actually enjoy military coffee. You know those jokes you may hear on TV or read in books about cop coffee? I early experiences with coffee was similar. Thick and black and bitter. I had to have been crazy to like it. When I became a civilian again, the coffee was suddenly much more drinkable. Imagine that!
    Then I moved to Seattle! Now they know coffee there. In fact, while living there, I became a bit of a coffee snob. I learned that grinding ones own beans made a much better cup of coffee. So much less acidic and more flavorful. Yum! Then I moved back here to Michigan where instant coffee still reins. I tended to mail order my beans so I could get the blend I wanted. Thank goodness for the internet. But then health and finances started to interfere with my love affair. *sigh* I switched to tea (which I still have to mail order.) The affair was so good while it lasted. But I still have my coffee grinder and my french press, so may be some day (soon) I will have a cup of coffee again.

  22. I could not live without my hot coffee in the mornings. I remember when my love for coffee started. When my sister and I were young we would spend the night at my grandparents house on occasion. My grandfather would rise super early to make a pot of coffee, my sister and I would love to get up when we smelled the coffee and he would fix us a cup…it was our secret…LOL it was just fun to sit with him and talk over coffee….

  23. I used to drink coffee all the time when I was working, but then all of a sudden, it started giving me stomach problems…just didn’t make me feel good. So I quit. Haven’t had coffee in at least 30 years. I do freshly grind coffee for my husband and son though. But just seeing your pictures brings that lovely smell back of freshly ground coffee. I like the second to the last picture of the design in the coffee, but mostly I think I like the cake to the left of the coffee best.

  24. I love the smell of fresh coffee but not the taste. The best thing is someone asked me about some coffee how it was and I said I didn’t know because I don’t drink coffee they said o where are you from.like if you live in Seattle you have to love coffee ☕.

  25. There was always coffee brewing at our home, for Mother & Dad, but we were in Junior High before we were allowed to have coffee in the morning. I am not a morning person, therefore coffee is a must for me.

  26. I love the smell of coffee brewing. I think they need to make candles and oils in that fragrance. Have you had coffee made over a campfire in a tin can? It is the best. I loved all your info on this blog. Thanks for all the interesting info,

  27. I drink coffee non-stop. I have 3 Keurigs available and they are heavily used! Fortunately, I drink coffee and tea without cream or sugar. I love the taste!

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