Today is National Coffee Day. For me this is a high holiday. I’m always tempted to decorate and make a luscious meal with wine that I can finish off with a robust cup of coffee – maybe with cream. I generally drink, well always drink, my coffee black. My father looked askance at me when I put cream in my coffee as if I was committing some crime. Marines drink their coffee black. None of this frou frou cream stuff. After a grand dinner, however, I like the richness of cream in a really good roast of coffee not just for the taste of it, but the mouth feel and texture. It becomes like liquid velvet.
I drink Folgers coffee in the morning. I do like a mild blend first thing in the morning, but it is one of my goals to be able to afford fresh ground Tanzanian Peaberry for my a.m. indulgence. And indulgence it would be. I think it reasonable to say that Tanzanian Peaberry is the nectar of the gods. In my more hedonistic days, I used to buy a bag a month from a small coffee roaster in Milwaukee who was thrilled to ship it to me. For a price. I’ve learned in life that you can have anything you want – for a price.
But the immediate goal is to persevere with writing until it becomes a monetarily successive gig. I’ve progressed from hobby writer to writer writer, but I’m still seldom a paid writer. Don’t laugh, but I’ll probably celebrate my first book sale with a fine cup of coffee.
Taped to the refrigerator, I have a quote by me: Sometimes coffee is a religious experience and others it’s just a caffeine delivery system.
I once scribbled that in a notebook. I said it to a few friends and one asked if she could quote me. Flattered, I said, “Of course.” I tried to meme it a few years ago, but alas it did not go viral. I really do feel that way about coffee. Folgers in the morning is a caffeine delivery system. A robust blend with cream after fine dining is a religious experience.
Whatever your preference – coffee, tea, hot cider or something else – please enjoy it today on this National Coffee Day in solidarity with me. I swear, I can’t believe I don’t at least have a t-shirt for this holiday. I have been remiss and shall remedy that later today!