Monday, June 1, 2009

Morning Coffee

It's not just about the coffee, it's about the ritual. All the little parts that go in to making the perfect cup. 

First, warming the cup and filter basket. Then drying the basket and tamping in just the right amount of the pure dark grounds. There is the moment of anticipation as the glorious drizzle of golden elixir hits the cup and the heady aroma that follows. The unmistakable sound as steam meets cold milk and the magic of that pairing creating the hot, thick, foamy liquid. Then the pouring - a touch of foam first to protect the precious crema, then slowly filling the cup to the brim. A spoon or two of sugar sits suspended in the foam for a moment and then sinks to the depths of deliciousness.

There is the assurance that when all of the little steps in the ritual have been followed, a taste of heaven awaits. 

Mmmmmm . . . how much do you need a coffee right now?

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