Sunday, January 18, 2009

Wake up and smell the coffee..


I never drank coffee until I was about 40 years old, never drank booze until I was about 25, tasted nasty. Both, well the coffee tasted OK with about 4 teaspoons of sugar. Then I started into Tea. At 40 we would get up on Sunday, get the Sunday paper and for some reason I started to drink the coffee.
Now I enjoy it.
Nice dark and strong.
"What do you mean you don't have any bold coffee?" Was my question as I walked into the Starbucks store. Seems that they stop brewing it after 3 in the afternoon.

Whatsdamada, can't take the buzz?

I thought the coffee was for the jolt it provides to carry one another mile?

So they offered me the brew of the day with couple of shots of espresso......not a bad substitute.

Coffee in Mexico is dismal.

Unless you have your own machine that grinds the beans, clicks and clacks, then squirts out a ribbon of coffee, you can't get a decent cup anywhere.

Not even at the two lone Starbucks in Morelia!

Believe me I have looked, chased, seeked, found and was disappointed in the swill that they deem acceptable java.

Is it just me?

I don't think so. When we travel on the road which we do a couple of times a year , back and forth up to Tucson and farther, it has come to pass that I ferry my little plug in the wall coffee maker that allows me to overfill the grind basket in order to see some black juice exit the spigot dark enough so that I would not be able to see through it.

That was brought on by a trip about two years ago, when halfway through the trip I succumbed to giving up on beige liquid in my cup being served by most so called coffee joints.

Last time we stopped by the Starbucks on the Periferico in Morelia, my wife treated me to running in and fetching the java. Returning in a few minutes, I tasted the warm water then handed her the paper cup of liquid. I said "Taste It"

She too couldn't believe that it was their "dark" blend. I was ready to call it a day, but she is much more demanding than old mellow me, (must be the age difference) returning with a new cup and a separate cup containing several shot of espresso I was finally able to at least synthesize a passable cup of Jo.

Well, maybe it's an acquired taste? Or me making up for all those lost years of no coffee.
Well, back to the paper , my coffee's getting cold.......

7 comments:

Bob Mrotek said...

Ken,
I think you are on to something. When I was a kid my Ma used a percolator to make coffee. It made the whole house smell good and the coffee was so strong that you could almost stand your spoon upright in it. That is how the WWII crowd liked it. I don't make coffee in a pot anymore because (1.) my wife doesn't drink it and (2.) for health reasons I'm supposed to limit my intake a bit. I only drink two cups in the morning and I use Nescafe instant but I use a tablespoon and a half in each cup. I swear they are making the stuff weaker and weaker. I am tempted to find an old percolator that may be laying around somewhere and go back to making coffee the way Ma did.

ken kushnir said...

I am lucky to have one of those all in one machines, but sometime default to the old fashioned French press. Mexico hasn't discovered anything but Nescafe....Maybe that would make a nice side business? Probably not. You are right thought, I would rather have only one or two but have it good! Starbucks in Mexico caters to the "weak" coffee set, to be successful they have to please their market, I guess.

ac said...

Hi Ken,
Maybe my tastebuds have failed as I age, but oddly enough, the Gran Hotel in Patzcuaro makes a decent cup of Joe, served up nice and hot, before the meal if you ask and apparently made from beans. [not NoEsCafe.] They didn't even look oddly at me when I pulled a zip-top baggie of white powder out of the wife's pocketbook. I know what you're thinking, but it was Coffeemate. Got free refills as well. Viva Mexico!
PS- Bob is right about the percolator, nothing beats one for a strong cuppa, except maybe an expensive, complicated, impossible to find parts and filters for etc. espresso machine.
keep posting!
-ac-

ac said...

Hi Ken,
Maybe my tastebuds have failed as I age, but oddly enough, the Gran Hotel in Patzcuaro makes a decent cup of Joe, served up nice and hot, before the meal if you ask and apparently made from beans. [not NoEsCafe.] They didn't even look oddly at me when I pulled a zip-top baggie of white powder out of the wife's pocketbook. I know what you're thinking, but it was Coffeemate. Got free refills as well. Viva Mexico!
PS- Bob is right about the percolator, nothing beats one for a strong cuppa, except maybe an expensive, complicated, impossible to find parts and filters for etc. espresso machine.
keep posting!
-ac-

ken kushnir said...

Thanks, I will go over there and try a cup, I too take out a white powered that's in a pink envelope to sweeten my coffee. That is just now becoming more available down here.
Some of the waitstaff call it "Chemico"

ac said...

Better living through chemistry!
-ac-

ken kushnir said...

And we will find out in 20 years that all that stuff caused Alzheimers or something...