December, 2020July 15, 2022
A Cup of Coffee and A Few Thoughts
I don’t remember the last time I had tea. I stopped taking tea in childhood itself and spent my entire childhood without any hot beverage. The other option was coffee but living in an almost rural area, coffee wasn’t easily accessible. Moreover, it wasn’t even a routine concept to have coffee every day. We only used to get coffee on some occasions like parties, marriages, etc. When I started my job life, coffee came as a routine drink. Staying awake till late nights and an alternate of tea, coffee became a companion and then something, a slight addiction.
Working in a digital space, a cup of coffee was always on the desk. When I started my first job, the organization had a coffee and soup vending machine and I would consume three to four cups of coffee in a day, especially during winters. Though I always prefer cold coffee over hot coffee but still, in the cold days of winters, hot coffee was nothing less than bliss. So, back in childhood when I used to fantasize about coffee, I became a coffee person year later in life, and that too a cold coffee lover.
Reading a book and holding a cup of coffee is a perfect scene. I have spent hours holding a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. It happened a lot during the initial days of lockdown which I would sip cold coffee every day and in the night too. Though I never got to finish the book I was on, but I finished several cups of coffee and recorded several memories in my mind.
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When CCD gifted me a cup of coffee, a plate, an espresso maker, and coffee powder
It was around Friends Day in August 2014 when CCD announced a contest where they asked to share stories with friends. The most ‘liked’ story would win the first prize. I shared mine and they selected it. Thus, CCD sent me a box of a cup of coffee, a plate, an espresso maker, and coffee powder. That is how my journey with coffee on routine started. That espresso maker was enough for one person and I used that till 2016 I guess and then I left it at my home. I consumed a lot of coffee during that time. I would flaunt that CCD cup and I still have it at home.
I would just crave cold coffee in the summers. Thus, I got myself a juicer, mixer in March 2020 and I started my journey with cold coffee. Before that, I was going to cafes and restaurants for cold coffee or I would just ‘shake and make’ at home in a shaker. But the way the machine does it, with all the ingredients finely mixed and composed, was hard to achieve at home.
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Movies have romanticized coffee a lot. Though most of the Indian population is tea lovers and India is the largest producer of tea, coffee too finds its place though, not that much. People still enjoy nukkad wali chai while coffee is considered to be a little on the extra side; a cup of coffee being more expansive than a cup of tea. We have seen in movies that the boy and girl go on a coffee date; tea dates were not that much in trend. Though now they are!
Winter days, sitting by the window which has turned translucent due to the fog, a cup of aromatic mocha and the girl sipping it. Or, the rainy days, raindrops falling on the window, a cup of coffee, maybe a guitar or a book. There is more depiction of coffee in movies in every moment be it sad, romantic, yellow, blue, etc. That made coffee a beverage of love which both the love characters sip during their highs and lows of life. Coffee turned out to be more than just a beverage.
Since I don’t take tea, I at a time face a little challenge when I am out, meeting some people, visiting someone. Tea is a social beverage. Everyone offers it when you visit them at their homes. And I don’t drink it. Sometimes, I am forced for a cup of tea but I politely decline. If they have coffee, they serve else nothing. I guess that’s the reason the phrase “Chai Pe Charcha” got famous. Tea is a social drink and it invites people for discussion. That was the Indian concept from the 90s. But coffee on the other hand changed the concept a little bit. It was more of a corporate drink, slightly above the paradigm of that concept.
I still find myself holding a cup of coffee and getting lost in thoughts. I have written lots of poems and unfinished stories sipping coffee, sometimes in winters, sometimes on rainy days. The fancy coffee in cafes is only for occasion but the one at home is love. That ignites the creative corner within that sparks the thoughts within. Coffee and music have a connection and coffee and creativity have a romance.
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I am a food & travel enthusiast, a music aficionado, poet, artist, and someone who loves to explore unexplored/off-beat places. I started this blog to share my food and travel journey.