Saturday, 16 November 2013

Coffee anyone?

My GKB and I went out for lunch today. 
That's not unusual, we often do on a Saturday.
We went to our usual place,  
where we know we can get our coffee 
the way we like it.
Instant, black with a small jug of trim milk on the side.
Today when it arrived, my GKB looked at it and said
'this cup looks dirty'.
We decided it wasn't 
but that some of the instant coffee powder
 had spilt onto the rim and handle, making it look grubby.
The fact that the cups were a pale grey 
and his was chipped didn't help though.
We weren't impressed.

Anyway this reminded me 
of our last couple of trips to Christchurch.
About a third of the way up the road
is a small cafe giving free coffee to vehicle drivers, 
encouraging them to take a break on the trip.

It's quite a nice wee stop, and yes that's our messy table.
Of course I had to pay for my drink,
GKB was driving, 
cona (filter) coffee this time for both of us. 
A bit further up the track we stopped again
and seeing as I'm not really into milk
I had a pot of tea, while he had a fancy (milky) coffee.

I think that was it while we were travelling up, 
we try to limit it to 2 breaks on the journey,
 but we did have a coffee or two out 
while we were in Christchurch.

That's our trim milk on the side there at the right, 
but the coffee was in piddling little (tea) cups.
Oh well, you can't win them all, and it was wet.
But the time I really laughed, 
and my GKB spluttered and nearly blew a gasket,
was while we were waiting for friends in what 
he would think of as an up-market establishment.
We ordered our drinks, tea again for me and coffee for him.
This little demitasse cup of coffee arrived!

Oh dear. His face was a picture.
Splutter, splutter, what the **** is that? he said to me.
I paid ****** good money for that.
What did you ask for, says I.
A short black, says he.
Well, that's what he got.
A shot of very strong, thick, syrupy coffee
that he mixed with about half a bowl of sugar
 and ate with a teaspoon.
Oooh, he was mad!
What he really wanted was a flat white,
 or a long black, and got himself all mixed up.
Oh dear.
He gets himself all in a dither 
when he goes anywhere out of the usual.

What he really likes is this...

...a nice big mug, full of instant coffee, 
with a dash of milk, made by himself or moi.
And why not?

Hoping all is well with everyone.
have a great week,


  1. Hi Diana; Nice to see you here today. I did laugh at the thought of your hubby spluttering and complaining about his coffee. That sounds just like someone else I know!! Anyway, I hope you had a good trip. Always good to meet up with friends, and that cafe looks very nice. What a good idea to give out free drinks like that :) Enjoy your weekend.

  2. -chuckle- what a wonderful 'coffee adventure'. Oh NO, not a short black?! Try a Flat White - YUM.
    This is a whole subject on its own, coffee shops/cafes and how they make and interpret their coffees and teas!! I have my favourite cafe and they've never let me down (yet)
    At home there's nothing quite like a good cup of instant - presently I'm onto Moccona (used to be 43 beans!)
    What a cheery post :)

  3. There's nothing like a cup of coffee just how you like it.

  4. I am with him, coffee should be simple. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  5. I have always liked be mugs of coffee--ones that hold about 2 cups. HOWEVER, now that I am getting older I like a thinner sized cup as far as the width goes because my hand starts to ache if it is to heavy or wide----This is because I drink a lot of coffee and I often hold on to it as I read, talk or gaze at the computer!! Ha, I am hopeless. So I find the ones that I can wrap with one hand are to my liking. I never hold the cup by the handle. I do like the Green "coffee" tea mugs you show in the photo--they don't actually look that small in the photo. I find it funny the terms you use for the different kinds of coffee. I CAN:T BELIEVE you like instant!!! WOW.--I much prefer drip (filter) or perked.


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