Here are two old posts… combined into one!
It rained this morning… just for a minute…
But the clouds gave me a hankering for a cup of coffee.
I’ve had the FLU for a few days and have been missing my morning 
“splash and dash”.  (There’s a Nascar term for you!)


“Black Coffee, blue morning, toast is burning and the rain keeps pouring…”

There is nothing like coffee.

It is a little pleasure that every morning brings.
Black preferably… sometimes, as a treat, with a splash of organic, warm milk…
I know some don’t care for it but at some point in life, for most of us coffee becomes an acquired taste.
Acidic, hot and most importantly… strong.

Years ago we switched to a French Press.  If you have never had French Pressed coffee you are missing out.  It’s the way coffee is supposed to taste.

There are a few things that ruin a good cup of coffee for me…

-If it’s too cold
-If it’s too weak
-If it has a flavor – yes, sadly, I h-a-t-e flavored coffee.   The smell grosses me out and when I am expecting (I am not) it makes me ill.  Along the same line, I don’t care for Foldgers cause it has a “taste” and so does Panera’s coffee, though I drink it a couple times a month as there is a Panera in our back 40.

(Speaking of coffee flavors; many years back I decided to wean myself off of the syrup flavors when ordering coffee treats like lattés.  My favorite was caramel, I liked Hazelnut too.  Nowadays I love plain lattés.  And though it’s cliché; Starbucks makes the best and there are few delights as delicious as a skinny, decaf latté from Starbucks… had to give up caffeine on account of the babes.  I do however love an iced carmel Machiato once a year…skinny, decaf and easy ice and carmel!)

Ok, that was a whole bunch of info I hadn’t intended to share.

Something I am really particular about… and can you believe it?

But I’ve got to have a white cup/mug to really enjoy my coffee.

Seriously, I am not kidding.
I’ve just got have a white cup otherwise I can not get into it no matter how good the coffee tastes.  It’s a family thing, I can remember as a child, my Grampa asking the waitress for a white mug if she brought him one of those ugly brown ones so popular in the 80’s…
You can go into any woman’s home in our family and you will be offered a white cup for your coffee… never a big colorful mug.  Always simple and (primarily) white.  There is just something about it.  Now that Panera has switched to yellow, green and orange mugs… well, I bring my own!

It’s all about the moment.
(There is certain silverware I use that makes me happy, Silly is as silly does but I’ve even been known to bring my own glass to wine tastings)… a girl’s just got to be able to have her moment.
 And a cup of coffee provides you get those moments where you get to sit for just a few before your day gets going…
 and you can’t let anything ruin that.

What are your “moments” that you create for yourself?
Are you particular?
 How do you take your coffee?

Joel calls me picky… I say I just know what I like!
Gotta run, Coffee is ready to press.
Bon Weekend Mes Amies!

P.S.  Did you know that this old 1980’s song by Lacy J. Dalton is one of my FAVORITE to sing? I wish I had a recording to play for you – that would be a riot.
 And you CAN NOT go wrong with a little Julie London!!!

To Answer a Question in the Comment box-
I love Café Verona by Starbucks and yes, we do grind our own beans.
For a more reasonably priced coffee we purchase Organic French Roast from Trader Joe’s.

Old Post Number Two

It was requested that I give specific instructions 
on how to use a French Press so… why not?

1.  Choose your coffee!
2.  For a full Press measure out four generous tablespoons of coffee beans.
3.  Grind coffee – Not to big…
4.  But just right… you don’t want the grounds too small or they will escape thru the mesh!
5.  Pour it into your empty Press.
6.  Boil your water – small boil
7.  Carefully pour the water in, it will look like really strong tea.
8.  Stir your grounds in, I do about twenty twirls with the closest thing I can grab, usually a butter knife.
9.  Put the lid on, but do not push it down, put a clean dish towel thru the handle
10. Wrap one side over the other, this will keep your coffee warm as you enjoy it
11.  Wait about 4 minutes and press your coffee with a flat palm, it should press down with just a little resistance.  If you have to really push, your coffee is not ready to be pressed.
12.  ENJOY!!!