The Coffee Culture

coffeeAccording to history, coffee has been consumed since the 1400s, in one form or another. Today, it’s the most popular hot drink in the world. There are entire cottage industries built around the consumption of it.

We have coffee shops and donut shops, both of which sell more than their main attraction. Some of them attract more social activity than others. I don’t know what it’s like in countries other than the United States and the Philippines, other than what I’ve been told.

Creating the Drink

I’m not going into too much detail about it. All you need to know is that you can buy it ground or in instant form in most grocery stores. If you have the necessary equipment, you can get the beans, roast them and grind them yourself.

There are multiple appliances used for creation of the drink itself. You can use an automatic drip coffee maker, a percolator, a French press or even your own espresso machine. It all depends on how much you want to invest. I prefer instant coffee these days, and only because I won’t have to make more than I need to drink.

I didn’t mention coffee makers that use pods of some kind. That’s because instant coffee is king in the Philippines, and I’ve never seen pods for sale anywhere I’ve been locally. When I’m with my older son and his family in the United States, I use the pods because it’s what they use.

Coffee Creamers

When I was young, the only coffee creamers we (I mean the older folks, not me) used were evaporated milk, condensed milk, or just plain milk. Today, we can buy flavored nondairy creamers as well as flavored coffee. We can use something called “oat milk” or milk from animals other than cattle.

Unless I’m going to make an instant coffee latte, I prefer using no creamer at all. I like the taste of coffee, lightly sweetened. Too much sweetener ruins the taste for me as well. Speaking of the latte, I start with boiled milk and add two teaspoons of instant coffee and one teaspoon of sugar. If I had an espresso machine, I would use one shot of espresso instead of instant.

Mugs and Tumblers

I’ve collected mugs over the year, but not intentionally. None of the mugs in my house came directly from a store. They all have phrases, designs or family pictures on them. I may have bought one or two when I was much younger, but most of what I have in my kitchen are gifts for one occasion or another.

My younger daughter-in-law, Cathy, collects Starbucks tumblers. They’re expensive, but so are the drinks. I think she has every style in existence already. Unlike her, I won’t collect things I will never use.

Coffee Candy

I love it when it’s made from real coffee, without artificial flavors. Unfortunately, I can’t consume it very often because it’s usually loaded with sugar. When I find the sugar-free variety, I won’t hesitate to finish it off in short order.

Other coffee confections don’t really interest me. You can keep your recipes to yourself, thank you, unless it involves whiskey.

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