Coffee mornings & Afternoon tea #FridayReflections

Coffee in the


At the Coffee Museum

“Would you like a cup of coffee?”

If I’m asked this question before noon, the answer is always YES but come afternoon, and I like to have tea.

There are coffees and coffees like instant and filtered . Then there are lattes and cappuccinos and decaff and not .

But what I truly enjoy is a creamy hand whipped instant coffee, the way my mother used to make it .

I had my first cup of coffee way back in my teens when Mummy used to have her friends over for a coffee morning. I loved seeing her stir up the instant coffee with a teaspoon of sugar and a spot of water, stirring vigorously till the dark brown turned into a light mocha creamy mixture. Then she would pour over a boiling mix of milk and water to make  it into a frothy, half inch thick,foamy, home made cappuccino.

That’s the kind of coffee I like .

But there was a time when our house was open to our Dutch business associates and the house would smell  of freshly ground Philips Peaberry as it percolated just the way Erwin liked it – strong till it came up to his gills. He claimed he needed it to wake up but basically it was to clear his head of the Amaretto he had quaffed the night before. 

And to make life simpler for me, I too would have a cup of strong black coffee.

Tea at Four

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Tea time was an afternoon ritual in my mother’s home. Sharp at 4, (after a short siesta) she would ask the maid to bring out a well laid tea tray. The pot of tea brewed under a tea cosy. Four teacups sitting prissily in matching saucers shared space with a bowl of biscuits, crisp and  crunchy to dip into the tea.

Introduction to tea

I still remember my introduction to tea on a school trip to the Tea Board as an 8 year old . After a film showing how tea was grown we were told that to  make a good pot of tea you needed to use one teaspoon of tea per person and one for the pot !

Which brings me to the question what is my poison?

Well quite obviously it’s both!

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I’m linking up with Sanch and Corinne for #FridayReflections.

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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11 Responses

  1. Ness says:

    That coffee making method (home made cappucino) sounds perfect, as does the tea in the pot. There is something special about the ritual of pouring tea into those pretty cups. I love it! I’m mostly a tea girl, but I do like cappucinos when I go out.

  2. I now know that a good cup of coffee is an art, a luxury and it is rare… instant coffee lacks the exquisite feel and flavor… and the good cup of coffee is a treasure for the palate and the senses… My rendezvous with the beverage started just a few years back, but I am already hungry for different flavors and tastes and combinations… I am yet to explore the different variety of teas, different aroma.. 🙂 🙂
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  3. Jacqui says:

    That was fun. Who knew all that about coffee?
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  4. We are similar in that regards — coffee in the morning, and tea later in the day. Types of coffee and tea differ though 🙂 Thanks for linking up!
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  5. Dashy says:

    Ah yes, coffee and tea have their own uniqueness in taste and texture, and it’s nice that you love them both in its own ways. Like how you connected it with your first introduction to the beverages. 🙂
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  6. Although we have a cup of tea at breakfast time, morning coffee is a must. In the evenings it is tea. I love my green tea through the day!
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Hmmm. It seems most people like both tea and coffee. And how nice it is to sip green tea every now and then. I think Tea really is the cup that cheers !

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