A Perfect Cup of Coffee
Updated: Jan 15, 2019
"COFFEE is for life's doer's, for those who need to move", is what my tea loving mum used to say. But what is coffee?
COFFEE is the joyous drink which comes as the end results of a complex interface of skills. Beans need to be intelligently selected, dried and roasted to perfection before they are ground. Then carefully, very carefully tempered before the steam is pushed through the coffee ground to create a rich dark and fruity drink with the perfect amount of coffee.
MANY people claim to have developed the espresso. One theory is the Luigi Bezzera invented the machine to force presurized hot water through the ground to create the rich drink. But most coffee lovers believe that the true art of coffee lies in the blending and sourcing coffee beans – way before we see them in our perfectly formed espresso cups.
FOR me it’s way more than just the beans. It’s about the aroma, the heavenly crema on the top and the joy of rich fruity coffee. It's about starting the day positively and about filling our tiny cottage full of steam. For me it is the perfect way to wake up – especially when it’s still cold and the heating is low from the night before. I wake, tiptoe down the stairs, put on the coffee and boost the heating, then, quietly, sneak back into bed and relish the joy of that first coffee and the smell slowly wafting up the stairs. It's often dark under our thatch but it matches perfectly with the smell of coffee and a thick heavy quilt pinning you closely to the bed.
NOW coffee is literally turning up everywhere, every street corner and shopping precinct has a least one if not more versions of coffee shops, and you can get it every which way you want. Hot, cold pressed, iced with cream, as a fruity drink and in chocolate but for me the perfection of a tiny espresso reigns supreme.
INTERESTINGLY, many of this season’s new sophisticated perfumes have coffee as one of the common notes and you can even use it to cook with. For example one of the new chefs in London Alex Head, has created an amazing ‘coffee baked sea bass for her article in ‘foodism' a London based foodie magazine. Here coffee is added to the salt dough which encrusts the fish leaving beautifully cooked fish which is both tender and juicy.
FIND your tiny cup of perfection - breath in the fruity fragrance, relax and enjoy x