Friday Morning Bookclub

February 28, 2010

Coffee, tea or…….?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Esther @ 12:34 am

I love hot beverages.  My morning doesn’t start until I’ve had that hot cup of coffee – with milk, no sweetener.  I love the smell of coffee, the taste of coffee.  I even love the sound of the word “coffee”.  I love to meet people for coffee.  The phrase suggests so many possibilities.  One can conduct business over coffee.  Girlfriends can share confidences over coffee.  Blind dates can meet over coffee – no strings attached.  Coffee break.  Coffee clatch.  The words evoke an image of comfort, of ease, of camaraderie.

And then, there’s tea.  What is more comforting than a cup of tea?  Feeling a little draggy in the afternoon?  A cup of Earl Grey will perk you right up!  I take mine the English way, with milk and sugar.  Stomach feeling a little rumbly?  Chamomile with a little honey will fix that in no time!  Can’t sleep?  I like Celestial Season’s Tension Tamer to send me on my way to dreamland.  Tea time.  Tea party.  Tea cozy.  The British certainly knew what they were doing when they invented “HIgh Tea”.

Let’s not forget the most decadent hot drink of them all – hot chocolate, or as I like to say, hot cocoa.  The word “cocoa” evokes a feeling of rich creamy sweetness.  What goes better with sledding down a snowy hill than cocoa?  What’s more rewarding after shoveling mounds of snow than cocoa?  What memories are sweeter than sitting with your children in front of a crackling fire with mugs of cocoa?  When I was a child, my mother used to make the real thing from a tin of Hershey’s, whole milk and sugar – it was heaven in a cup.  My own children were always happy with instant Swiss Miss – although I always topped it with clouds of whipped cream.

Whether it’s coffee, tea, or cocoa, a sturdy mug filled with a steaming liquid is sure to provide pleasure.  What’s your choice?

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3 Comments »

  1. I am a tea drinker, both hot and iced. I even bought myself a teavana perfect tea maker. My flavor of the month is Blueberry. Yum!

    Comment by susanbright — February 28, 2010 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  2. I totally enjoyed your beverage comments. A cup of coffee or tea is such a simple pleasure that we can give to ourselves. Meeting a friend for coffee sets the perfect tone for sharing thoughts and feelings. I think I’ll go make some hot chocolate–the Swiss Miss version.

    Comment by Lois Rothberg — February 28, 2010 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

  3. It is TEA for me …. all the way. In fact I feel like I am a bit of a tea snob sometimes…. I drink it English style.. quite sweet,strong and with milk. It has to be hot too. I hate when I order tea after a meal and it comes lukewarm, mainly because once you have put the milk in, it is pretty cold by that point. I will sometimes drink herbal teas… I like mint tea… but my preference is regular, English Breakfast or Earl Grey. There is nothing better than a hot cup of tea, with a dry scone to go with it.

    Comment by janinefrier — March 2, 2010 @ 6:19 pm | Reply


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