It began early, way back when I was just a kid. Caffeine was a part of our household, mostly in the form of tea which my parents both drank alot. That, as most know is common for this part of the world, for adults and many kids alike.
Coffee however, usually put in an appearance when the weather turned really cold, and also during the months when it got exceptionally warm and blenders were often loaded up with crushed ice, milk and heaping spoons of instant coffee and sugar, then churned to chilled perfection and served to everyone. Oh the highs we less than 10 year olds got from those lethal concoctions!
I adore coffee, always prefer to drink it over any other beverage including water. It’s a love affair that I give a lot of time to, indulge in without guilt. I savour it, treasure it, and honestly cannot and will not do without it in my life.
Over the years I’ve gone through gallons of this beloved drink, and so in honour of International Coffee Day, I thought I’d share my list of java drinks I have enjoyed and that have stayed with me as favourites. Not going to mention brands and blends here, because I really don’t want to get me jumping on that train.
Fair warning. When it comes to coffee, I’m mostly traditional, and not so much the “Tall-skinny-mocha-frappe-latte-double whip-cinnamon-sugar free” person, OK? – I’m not that cool. I like coffee straight up, strong and hot. I also like my men that way, but I digress, so here’s my list.
Iced Coffee (Or Cold Coffee)
This drink always takes me back to my childhood and in particular the summer holidays. I drank a lot of this during backyard lunches, while curled up with a book in my attic (yes I had an attic for a playroom, which is a memory to be shared in another post,) and especially when friends came over. I prefer iced coffee made with a shot of espresso instead of the home-made instant coffee one. I don’t like it too sweet (and no ice-cream please what is wrong with you?) but it has to be chilled enough to freeze my brain.
Admittedly, the ‘cooler’ of the coffees to many in my generation back in the day. I don’t know if it was the pronunciation we all at one time or another snobbishly partook in, or just because it looked more exotic that made it a popular drink for those in their late teens/early twenties, but I developed a liking for it, despite not being a big fan of milk at the time. To be fickle sometimes is not so bad, and occasionally I will still indulge and order myself a cappuccino, being careful to pronounce it just right of course. Ha!
I have loved this coffee type since an Italian friend of mine brewed it for me especially and taught me to appreciate every bittersweet sip. This is the drink I opt for after a really good meal (in particular, Italian food,) but only if I’m sure the restaurant knows their coffee.
South Indian Coffee (aka Filter Coffee)
Courtesy of my South Indian (Tamil) neighbours, whom I used to visit often, and OK especially when I smelled the coffee. Filter coffee is a classic, the mixing of it totally impressive (all that arm waving, hot liquid dancing from container to container and nothing spilling. Real class!) If you haven’t watched someone make South Indian coffee the traditional way, you should. It is also served as you see in the picture above, and that just completes the experience. It’s a big favourite of mine, and I miss my neighbours, so hopefully when I visit India sometime I will go nuts. (Just seeking coffee, visa people. How about you let up a little on us regular friendly, neighbourly folk on both sides K?)
So, alright, I have Irish relatives too, and this is one of the reasons I like them, alot.
This is a special drink. This is a very special drink, and not just because it has Irish whiskey in it. OK, so part of the reason is because it has Irish whiskey in it, but also because… No, it’s because it has Irish whiskey in it dammit and that’s what makes it awesome!
Café au lait
Because if you’ve ever sat at a street cafe in Paris and watched rain patter all around, you will know why.
A mainstay in my life and the first thing I order off a menu at almost every eatery I visit. I love this coffee because it is all the things coffee should be, and it smells like heaven too. With a dash of milk, a sachet of sugar, and occasionally some biscotti on the side makes it my idea of perfection in a cup.
Because, life is hectic, coffee is a necessity, and who has time to be that snobbish all the while?
Do you have a favourite coffee? More than one? I’d love to see what we have in common (or even not.)
Have a Happy Coffee Day… and you too, tea and non-caffeine people!