whole latte love
Oh, to be a kid in the kitchen when Mom opened the can of Butternut coffee–had to be Butternut, not Folgers–by turning the key that peeled the tin that delivered the whoosh that sent the aroma wafting into the next room.
I’d forgotten about that little key-turning ritual–and how frustrating it was when the tin jumped the track–until I saw this: The-History-of-Coffee-Culture-in-America.html
I’m too frugal to make Starbucks a regular stop, but that coffee-scented haven has replaced restaurants for me–and most of my colleagues–when we need to conduct business. With free wi-fi, there’s no such thing as was wasted time, so the fact that Kenny G. is late (as usual 😉 ) or traffic tethers someone to the other side of town is not a problem. The energy—caffeine-fueled or Zen tea-bagged—is nice, as well. People are polite but not intrusive. Which is even more true at a couple of the independent operations close by. But there, if you do enter a conversation, you truly get a conversation.
All of which has had me thinking about the different types of coffee. Not brands. Not grinds. Just the symbolic meaning that comes with the cup:
• The paper/plastic cup at a high-school football game that serves as mittens for one sweet minute or two.
• The never-empty, thick-walled porcelain cup at a small-town restaurant that’s a magnet for the pie in the glass case on the counter.
• The procrastination cup that keeps us from having to tackle that task we’ve postponed far too long.
• The too-small, too-cold cup that you’re served at boring banquets where the waiters bolt before refilling and the speaker doesn’t know when to stop.
• The make-up cup that one guilt-ridden partner carries to another as a sign that peace may someday return to the kingdom.
• The day-starting cup with just enough sips to schedule the hours, set the course and say a prayer for those you love.
And now, mine is empty.
Be right back.
P.S. The coupon below was valid when I posted this. Hope it still is when you read it. If not, come to Denver and I’ll treat you to a cup. 😉
- Free Sample: Folgers Coffee (livingrichwithcoupons.com)