posted on Jan, 13 2014 @ 09:31 PM
I love the stuff and am an admitted coffee snob. I only like the good stuff, freshly-ground and made with water from the well, a spoon of sugar and
nice splash of half-and-half. I don't mind it black if it's good coffee but I remember reading that a bit of cream was a good addition and I enjoy
the creamy feel of it.
The best coffee I've ever had was on a small coffee farm in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica brewed from beans that had barely cooled from the roasting.
Like a lot of other folks my first experience with coffee goes back to my grandmother. She mixed about half coffee, half milk for her morning drink
while mine was somewhat weaker on the coffee side but always in a lovely china cup and saucer. My grandfather never drank coffee or tea so it was
something that Mammy and I shared.
In my years of running an archaeology field school and living on-site with my students I always warned them on the first day: "If you have to come
and wake me for a problem needing solving, your best approach is to have a cup of coffee in your hand when you come to the tent." Those who heeded
this warning got a much better outcome.
I thought the article on coffee and cigarettes was interesting. They were so much a part of the society in my growing up years. Neither of my
parents smoked cigarettes but Daddy enjoyed his pipe or cigar after dinner each night. We had ashtrays and matches on all the tables for those who
did smoke. Sitting around the kitchen table drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, perhaps playing a few hands of cards---was the way we socialized.
When my father's family (he had 12 siblings) got together in winter, the air would be thick with smoke because I think every one of them smoked some
sort of tobacco product and they all loved their coffee! And in thinking about it....none of them died of lung cancer and 10 of the 13 lived beyond
74 years, up to 87 years. Of course, they grew up eating food they had raised or hunted themselves, not something packed into a bag and shoved out a
Thanks for the post, it brought back a lot of really fine memories of sharing a cup of coffee with friends.