Friday, January 17, 2014

The COFFEE Hop by Michael Di Gesu


COFFEE? Did someone say Coffee?







Coffee

One either likes it or not, with very few feeling complacent about a brew that's been around for a while. Its name conjures visions of a dark, lovely liquid, with an aroma which pulls us into the kitchen or coffee shop. I like espresso for special occasions. Lattes, cafe au lait, cappucino, and almost anything coffee flavored will hook me. Initially, it's the nose that's to blame. 


There was a time when I parted from my coffee drinking ways, but it didn't last long. We acquired a new coffeemaker. It called to me. I was weak. I ditched the herbal tea for coffee. Yes, darker and richer, with milk, sometimes cream. Coffee requires a bigger commitment as it's usually made by the pot. So I have to drink it. Can't waste it. . .remember, it's good to the last drop.


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Coffee in ceramic mug, DG Hudson



COFFEE LOVE 

Coffee, coffee - how do I love thee?
Let me list the ways. . .

I love your deep, dark color
I love your rich taste, 
Hawaiian or Colombian,
Nothing goes to waste.

Parisian coffee, you seduced me.
Espresso, you are dessert.
Cafe au Lait, you comfort me.
Capuccino, you heal the hurt.

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What's it all about? 

Michael, intrepid traveler, is giving away a pound of authentic Colombian coffee to a lucky blog hop participant. 

All you have to do is post what you love most about coffee. Let's have a good time and LAUGH over a steaming cup! The most hysterical entry will win a pound of authentic Colombian coffee. You can sign up on the linky list at Michael's Blog, IN TIME.  

Depending on the outcome, he may even give an extra pound away. Per Michael: "I must apologize to my overseas friends, but postage would kill me." C'est la vie.

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Are you a coffee drinker? If not, what do you prefer? Do you know Michael? Are you looking for a good cup of coffee? 

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Please leave a comment so I know you were here, and then back to Michael's Blog for the list of the other participants. Thanks for stopping by. I'm going to get a coffee. . .


http://writing-art-and-design.blogspot.ca/ Michael's blog, In Time

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66 comments:

  1. Hi, D.G. I enjoyed your poem about coffee.

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  2. It is a love it or hate it drink. Sorry, but I am the latter. Just can't drink it.
    Good luck!

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    1. I know a few who don't care for coffee. I usually like the way I make it best (over commercial shops).

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    1. Great! Coffee does inspire exclamation points, doesn't it!?

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  4. Hahahaa....love your poem! Definitely a Winner!

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  5. Believe it or not, I am not a coffee drinker. Whenever I go to Europe, the waiters look at me like I'm crazy when I refuse a cup of coffee with my breakfast!

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    1. Because their coffee is better than ours, perhaps? I had no problem with French coffee.

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  6. With so many ways to love coffee, how could anyone not?

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    1. I know, but for two years I didn't love it. I found out later, I didn't like the way others made it. I don't like mine that strong, and I don't like chicory (Roland mentions this in his post). I like my coffee, so it doesn't bother my tummy. I don't need hair on my chest. . .(that was funny, MJ)

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  7. M.J. -- that would be me. If coffee tasted as good as it smelled, I would drink it. But it coats the teeth and the inside of your mouth. Ugfh! Hot tea for me. :-) Love your coffee cup, D.G.

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    1. Regular tea, I like: (Earl Grey), Lady Grey, Constant Comment, and English Breakfast. I have tea in the afternoon, since I could tend to overdo the coffee. I like the coffee taste. . .must be my American roots.

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  8. I can not live without my coffee!
    The stronger the better.

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    1. Not too strong for me. I go into hyper-mode. I'm a frequent drinker, but I seldom finish a cup.

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  9. I'm learning to love tea, but coffee and soda have been my primary caffeine supplies. I can't get enough caffeine. Guess I'm not so much a coffee addict as a caffeine addict.

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    1. Good tea brands to try: Earl Grey (has a slight lemon flavor from the bergamot), Constant Comment (black tea with orange hint) Brands: Twinings. I regret I didn't visit a Paris tea house, but next time, it's on the list.

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  10. Oh, I might have to vote for your post. Lovely words for a lovely brew.

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    1. Thanks Susan, it was fun, as Michael intended. It's funny how many coffee memories include parents. . .

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  11. I actually have a small coffee room I'm such a fan. And, of course, I have a special coffee maker that cost me a fortune. Lovely poem.

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    1. A whole room? Have you featured it in any post? I had a special coffee maker too, but it took on a personality all it's own.

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    2. I will post it one of these days. It's one of my favorite places: small, cozy and fun.

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  12. Hi, D. G.

    EXCELLENT POEM... LOVED IT!

    We certainly are having a BLAST! Such fun!

    Thanks so much for hopping along with us. You all made my day!

    Lovely mug, btw... Long ago my mom told me ONLY drink coffee and tea in bone china... Well, she was right! My coffee tastes so much better than coffee places because of the bone china mug... not to mention the COLOMBIAN COFFEE. LOL.

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    1. Coffee is one of my favorite subjects. A fun idea, and a lot of great blogposts! I would still like some of that Columbian. . . but, I know, I know.

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    2. Oh, BTW... You guys mentioned special coffee makers... What do you think of the one in my badge? Yes, that is mine.... LOVE it! Makes THE BEST cappuccino! And I also baked those delicious cookies in my wonderful kitchen...

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    3. It's gorgeous, and the cookies look flaky, in a good way. Very professional setup. My first cappucino was had here in Vancouver in our Little Italy area.

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    4. I here Vancouver is so GORGEOUS... I never knew they had a Little Italy. One of these days I MUST visit.

      Canada is such a beautiful and vast country. SO much to see. A few years back I traveled through the Easter part ,,, Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City. All of it stunningly beautiful. The drive was breathtaking.

      Somehow I had managed to get off the main highway and took a local route from Montreal to Quebec City. Dozens of charming town graced the river along my journey. It took forever to get there, but if I hadn't been sidetracked I would have missed all those precious jewels....

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    5. Take it from me, the west coast is better! We have the best weather, but you're right, there is a lot of history back east. I'd like to see Quebec City and Montreal (for the jazz scene). Let me know if you make it to Vancouver, Michael. We have lots of coffee places here - it is the Pacific Northwest, you know, known for its coffee drinkers (must be the dampness. . .) We'd give you the tour.

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  13. A POEM? How are people supposed to compete with a POEM? If I'd known we were going to have to actually use SKILL at this, I'd have entered a different contest. American Idol. Or a US Senate campaign. Something.

    Great post.

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    1. You know how it is - the eloquence came after the mug of coffee!

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  14. I live in the suburbs of Michael's city and I plan on getting my butt on a train to visit him before he goes through all his beans!

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    1. Proximity is half the battle. After all, he's a good friend, so he should share. . .good luck!

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  15. I'm drinking a lovely cup of Ethiopian pour over with rice milk right now, while reading your fun post. Ah, I call it a coffee moment, but it can last hours.

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    1. Must be the caffeine that sparks the eloquence, . .I like your last sentence: 'the coffee moment that can last hours'.

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  16. "You heal the hurt." Very funny. Yes, it always does. :)

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    1. I changed that last line three times, too.

      My rhymes are for fun only, I bow to those who can write eloquent poetry.

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  17. Love the poem! Give me a good rhyme any time.

    I make tea in my coffee maker and I add cream to it too! But the coffee I prefer black. Let me enjoy the natural flavor!

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    1. I used to drink mine black, now it's only espresso I have that way.

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  18. My first words this morning as I walked out to the kitchen? "Oh I love that smell!"

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, I just walked up to my study with a fresh cup!

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  19. You may not know this, but Swedes are very, very attached to their coffee. My mom used to boil it and it came out good and strong. This was before coffee makers and fancy coffees. I like a Latte every now and then. Here we drink Yuban or the dark blend of chickory coffee from the French Market in New Orleans.

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    1. My MIL did the same with boiling the coffee, hubs called it 'cowboy coffee'.

      That New Orleans coffee sounds good, although I didn't like chicory as it was in the coffee my mom bought. They used that quite a bit in the coffee substitutes I tried once. I don't drink decaff at all. Where's the fun in that?

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  20. Aha, so you also had a Barrett Browning epiphany...
    Great post.

    Confession time - I'm originally a tea drinker, but only Rooibos tea. With regards to coffee, I drank one cup a day, in the morning.
    But somewhere along the way, things changed. Blame it on the writing. Ha! Now I drink far too much coffee. I've been trying to cut down and get back to one cup per day. But I'm not sure if I'm winning the battle... or if I really want to. LOL

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    1. It's the subject that inspired.Thanks. Just cut your coffee intake by one-third and substitute tea.

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  21. I certainly will D.G,! Thank you so much for the kind offer!

    I have a few blogger buddies in the Pacific NW, so It would be awesome to meet up with all of You!...

    I'm hoping for the end of the year... sometime in the late fall. If all goes well!

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    1. I can think of a few Pacific Northwest bloggers, too! Autumn, especially September is usually a good time.
      You can also check out the Vancouver posts under the tab at the top of my page (Vancouver Views)

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    2. I definitely will! Thanks, D. G,

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  22. I'm a big fan of the smell -- my wife's a coffee enthusiast, and I get to enjoy the aroma in the mornings. I'm more of a chai man myself. But I do enjoy a good mocha from time to time.

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    1. Too bad they can't bottle that smell. . . I'm in your wife's camp. My hubs doesn't drink coffee like I do either, he likes his tea, but then there is that British influence here.

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  23. Awesome poem.

    You are right about people having a strong opinion on coffee. For the longest time, mine was "Never," and now it's "Gimme."

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    1. After that comes, 'I need another pot for this plot'. Writing ties in nicely with coffee. Thanks for the visit.

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  24. As someone who is of Cuban and Colombian descent AND currently living in France, you can bet your boots that I am a coffee drinker! And a very spoiled one, at that...

    -Barb

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  25. I can go through a pot in a morning if I'm not careful. So, since I value my heart and don't want to feel like a hopped up 3 year old... I scale it back to about half a pot a day. So much better, right?

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    1. I used to cut my coffee intake by drinking only tea (English, not herbal) at my office job. It's when I'm at home that I follow Oscar Wilde's advice and resist not the coffee temptation. . .

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  26. "nothing goes to waste" - so true! I love coffee!

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    1. Nice to meet another coffee lover. You just have to know how to 'handle' it. (Cut the caffeine and the dehydrating effect by drinking water as well throughout the day) A fitness pro told me that. . .

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  27. I, too, have fallen off the coffee wagon, not with a loud thump . . . but a Nespresso machine for my coffee-loving hubby snared me as well. . . *sighs*

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    1. It all begins with the smell. I generally just drink coffee and milk, sometimes frothed, sometimes not.

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  28. Hi, D. G.

    I never received your address. Please send it to me when you get a chance...

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    1. Sent an email just now 11am PST with that info. Let me know if you don't get it.

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  29. Yes, D.G.

    I just received it and answered you back!

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    1. Merci, now it just has to make it to the Pacific Northwest. . . I'll keep watch.

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  30. Coffee is such a conundrum for me. It looks so rich and smells so good...and, from my tongue's point of view, tastes so horrid! I love the appearance and aroma, but hate all tastes. I cannot even stand coffee flavored candies or desserts. I much prefer hot chocolate or chai tea for a warming, tasty beverage. For the need of a caffeine pick-me-up, pour me a Coca-Cola please! But do not let my drink selections deter you. Please pour your cup of coffee. My nose will lead me to linger and relish the smell, while you partake.

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    1. I much prefer coffee, Julie. Guess we each have our chosen vice, anyway,not a fan of cola or other things fizzy. Nice to see you.

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