|Tim and I have a weakness for freshly-ground, recently roasted, whole-bean coffee|
It wasn't until high school that I actually tried coffee for myself. Java Joe's. It was on the side of the highway I wasn't supposed to be on. The bad part of town. At least once I outed myself for having been there and got grounded. For some reason in my memory it wasn't far from a funeral home that had a full-sized casket on a pole as their sign. I often wonder if that place is still there, though I think Java Joe's may be long gone.
Some might have described me as grunge at that time (and I still love a great pair of Doc Martin's). With that came everything "Seattle," including coffee shops. Though I don't really think I drank much coffee there. And in all honesty I didn't really go there too many times ... it seems I was somehow ratted out (usually by myself) every time and most of the time I did try to avoid being grounded.
|I recently learned that the fleshy outer part that surrounds the bean, called the cherry, is actually quite nutritious!|
It was also at a coffee shop in College Station - Sweet Eugene's (which I still enjoy on occasion!) that I met Italian wedding soup alongside a creamy mug of sweet ambrosia and the gathering of friends. When I moved to Boston for grad school I discovered why they say "America runs on Dunkin" ... I most certainly did!
|Can you smell it?|
I didn't know yet all that he and I would go through together. Our styles of coffee have changed almost as much as our life. When we met, Tim was a Starbucks junkie. At least once a day. Sometimes twice. To his credit he was working nights. But still.
Early in our marriage our opposed, ships-in-the-night schedules lead to the purchase of a Keurig. The search for better coffee eventually brought us to the Moka pot and milk frother. Finally, on our first post-baby date, Truluck's introduced us to the all-stainless steel French press. I prefer a dark roast and have even learned to enjoy my coffee black or "bullet proof." Tim appreciates a milder flavor with plenty of cream and sugar.
|There's a story behind this Daneen Pottery mug too!|