This article is a bit of a self-exploration. It’s based on explaining why I drink coffee the coffees that I do, when I do, and why I have the cravings for it at random times. It’s also going in to a bit about when I drink it, and how I like to have certain types at different times of the day
I tend to drink two or three main types of coffee. For my sins, I drink a lot of Instant Coffee. It tends to be strong, with three or four sugars in, as it’s my ‘get up and go’ drink. Mainly when I’m still in bed, it’s easier to flick a kettle switch, and wait for two minutes, opposed to either using a percolator, or heading out to get one. I’ll usually only drink Instant in the mornings. It’s a simple taste, which is why I’m guessing it’s a popular one for those who aren’t massive coffee fans. It’s also the type I get most cravings for – I suppose it could be the basic tastes and flavours that mean it’s much more drinkable at a more range of times.
My daytime drinks tend to be large. With lots of milk in, and either hot or cold, depending on the weather – if it’s a cold day, you can’t beat a good old Americano, with a small amount of cream and brown sugar mixed in. Sweet and strong, this classic coffee is suited to so many different tastes and needs – if you ask me, it’s the perfect coffee.
For hot days, a Frappe (or Frappuccino if I’m in Starbucks) is very welcome. It’s a very common drink here in Cyprus, often served in large Pint glasses, with lashings of ice, cream and of course, rich aromatic coffee! The contrast in the cold milk (or cream if you ask nicely!) sits so nicely with the strength of the coffee, that it’s hard to pick a fault in it. Except if the milk is sour, which I’ve had before. Needless to say, I was a bit traumatised, and was nearly put off of these for a week!
My ultimate ‘guilty coffee’ has to be a Jameson’s Irish Coffee, with cream, no milk, and a brown sugar. It’s usually only ordered after special meals, or for a celebration – which explains the decadent nature of it. I can guarantee that one of these made properly is a treat for the sight, taste and smell.
What’s your plans for when it comes to what you have and when?
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