Carpe Beanum… Seize The Coffee!
Some memories never fade.
It was just this morning as I was making the coffee when I remembered back to the times when my husband and I brought our young children to Toronto to visit their great grandparents.
During our visits with my Grandparents, came the time when we had our inevitable “Kaffeeklatch,” which is the Gernan equivalent for British “Tea Time.”
That was when Oma and I would busy ourselves in her kitchen. She would prepare her signature dessert, fried Ochsenaugen, which are quite similar to our well known Canadian Timbits.
Then, she would always designate me to make the coffee.
Now, thirty years later I can still hear my Grandmother, or Oma as we called her, instructing me in German with a firm, yet loving tone of voice to:
“Mach es eine gute caffee!”
Which in English means:
“Make it a good coffee!”
This morning, as I dipped the measuring spoon into the awaiting ground coffee beans I could feel that memory ever so gently guiding my hand to scoop up just the right amount…
… Plus a little bit more!
After taking three sips of the resulting perfect cup of coffee, I knew I had indeed made…
“Eine gute caffee.”
I am fully confident that I will always have the ability to do so.
And for this, as I savour the morning coffee down to the final few sips…
…I find myself most grateful.