OT – In Search of the Ultimate Coffee Fix

Those of you who know me know that I like to drink coffee.  I drink one cup of coffee a day, in the morning, like a cat’s chain event, must have coffee before functionality. 

This is a little odd – even to me – because I come from a tea drinking culture…I was raised in an environment one drank tea hot even when the temperature soared over the 100 degree mark.  I liked my tea with significant amount of sugar, which has carried into my coffee ritual.  Though I never drank cream with my tea, I have to have an exact amount of cream with my coffee (1 teaspoon). 

Maybe because I drink only one cup a day or maybe because I like my coffee to taste good I have become a little selective.  I admit, I do live in Seattle, the land of Starbucks and home of the fancy coffee drinkers land but I have never had to utter more than ‘a medium cup of coffee please’ when ordering at Starbucks, or Tully’s or anywhere else for that matter.  I have been living in Seattle close to 7 years and I still can not remember the proper names of the coffee sizes, venti, grande, small, medium…someone help me please!

I do admit to ordering the occasional shot-in-the-dark (cup of coffee with a shot of espresso), but that is only when I know that the coffee is weak and does not taste particularly well.  Ummm, I will keep that coffee experience to myself for now.

But what I like the most is making my own coffee.  Buying my beans, grinding them first thing in the morning, the smell, the sound of the machine percolating and picking ‘the cup’ for the day.  One must have the right cup!  The rim cannot be too thick or too thin; the cup cannot be too big and/or have a wide mouth – after all who likes to sip coffee poured 30 minutes ago or be able to dunk face into it. 

My Coffee Mug Version of Blue Faced Leicester This is one of my favorite cups.  I bought it while shopping in Bracknell, UK.  It is adorable with the sheep and a rooster painted on it and a little peachy sheep painted inside the cup.Peach Sheep - do they really exist?   I especially like the fact that white sheep on the outside has a blue face, reminding of Blue Faced Leicester while drinking and making me smile (as though it is not enough to be sipping delicious java goodness). 

I must admit, I have been having difficulty procuring/finding nice cups that are made in the US or for that matter simply not made in China.  Did you know that tableware made in China has been found to have lead in the glaze!?  Not tableware, but I had to pack up and return 50+ pieces of Thomas the Tank Engine (made in China), to the manufacturer as a part of we-found-lead-in-the-paint recall.  What worries me most is the fact that my babies played with these toys (those of you who have small children know that everything goes into the mouth), and ate from plates made in China.  Before I quit this not-so-pleasant portion of my post, please share with me your online sources for tableware and/or coffee cups that are lead free.  Of of topic, I was in Bed Bath and Beyond to purchase some tableware and I could not find one single piece of china that was not made in China!  That blew me away.  

OK back to topic, for that one single cup of coffee one’s experience must be as close to perfect as possible.  This is when Torrefazione’s Italia Palermo blend comes into the picture. Torrefazione's Italia Palermo Blend  To put it simply, this blend rocks!  It is deep without being bitter.  It is strong without making your hair curl and leaving a bad after taste.  It smells like coffee (duh), with a hint of dark chocolate and sunshine (the latter bit re sunshine made up by me).  Great aftershock without leaving you with the why-did-I-drink-that-coffee shakes or the heart burn (if you ever had over roasted coffee you know what I am talking about).  This is the coffee drinker’s coffee.  Perfect even without sugar (hark), and great with a fresh baked scone or a slice of bread with butter and honey.  PELASE NOTE – I have no financial affiliation with Torrefazione nor will I benefit in anyway from this post.

Finally, the hen? That is all from me tonight.  I know this is supposed to be a blog about knitting related matters but for me coffee is closely related to beautiful yarn and knitting.  I hope you enjoy reading about my coffee adventures (hint more coming later).

Sending good thoughts your way.

Sue Fulay

11 thoughts on “OT – In Search of the Ultimate Coffee Fix

  1. I can not get through the day wihout coffee…Peet’s is my favorite, but as I head back to England for a while I have to find a new favorite blend…I hope my parents still have the coffee machine, as true Brits they only drink tea…btw, an aunt and uncle used to live in Bracknell…small world, eh?

  2. My everyday china is from Portmeirion, which comes from the UK. Lovely, sturdy pieces, very comfortable to hold and use, and virtually indestructible! You can sometimes find pieces at BBB, but we bought most of it through Macy’s (The Bon) and online.

  3. Love the coffee post! I ventured into roasting my own in a popcorn popper a few months ago. I haven’t been doing it as much as I’d like, but I dream of the day when I will consistently have delicious fresh roasted coffee at my disposal!

  4. I have find some nice English china at thrift stores. And thrift stores always seem to have a plethora of dishes and china, so it’s worth a stop if you’re driving past one….

    Hey – will you be getting in more Schaeffer Trenna anytime soon?

  5. Pink – I know of couple of places in London’s Soho that sell great beans and the ship! While living in Bracknell desperation made me take the train to London to get coffee. I returned home with at least a kilo of fresh beans and fresh take away from one of the restaurants at China Town. And, yes, it is truly a small world.

  6. Mary – Wish I had time to go hunting at thrift stores. I use do that every weekend.

    Over 40 new colors of Trenna arrived and being photographed. Time…I need more time. I propose we make days 48 hours long, what say you?

  7. Peet’s is the *best* coffee! That cute mug with the sheep on it looks like one made by Dunoon in England. I’m Very Fond of their mugs and have even bought them online from in England. If you’re buying a couple of mugs for a special occasion, the postage doesn’t hurt so much. The mugs are pretty $$$ wherever you buy them.

  8. Mom,

    What have you done to me!!! I was at Dunoon’s website and I am left wanting and sad. I love the Scally Wags collection. Oh no, I say this not good. If I end up buying some it is all your fault.

    Sue F

  9. Fulay……..I am sending you a “cuppa coffee” in the mail. My sister lives in San Francisco and got me started on this dark roast…… maybe do a “tasting” with Torrefazione! ( actually wine tasting sounds better!)

  10. You sound like me when I have a box of Gevalia coffee in the house. I love that stuff; briefly considered quitting my job, moving to their US branch and working for them.

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