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 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God”

‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭31

Coffee…one of my favorite and simplest pleasures in life!  I cannot imagine starting my day without several cups.  Unfortunately, Butch does not share my affinity for coffee…he has only tasted it once and says it was one time too many!  My love for coffee has evolved over the years.  As a young twenty-four year old working in a real estate office, I began to drink coffee-but not the same as I do now.  Let me explain!  I was the first person to arrive at work every morning and it became my responsibility to make coffee.  After being shown how, I was the official “office barista”!  At first, I didn’t drink it-but I was the only one who did not.  So, to be social, I would endure a cup every morning.  Granted, it was a cup of sugar and cream with a smidgen of java.  My “coffee” was almost white!  After a few months, I added less sugar and cream until finally I decided if I was going to drink it, I did not want calories added.  Now, in my cup you will only find black coffee…absolutely no flavored creamers and no sugar for me!

Coffee has a culture of its own!  The formation of culture around coffee and coffee houses dates back to 14th century Turkey.  The 17th century saw the opening of the first European coffeehouse in Venice.  My first taste of caffee or espresso was in Venice.  As typical Americans, we had no clue how to order coffee in Italy.  Breakfast on our first morning was eventful, to say the least.  We were brought a caffee, which is served in a demitasse cup and is strong in taste with a rich bronze froth known as a crema on top.  I initially liked it, but our traveling companions thought it was horrible!  They even ordered hot water to weaken it.  In typical American fashion, we tried to inform our Italian waiters how they should make coffee!  That trip to Venice began my love for espresso! Italy is known as the best place to have and enjoy coffee!  Paris is known for its cafe culture!  To sit outside unhurriedly at a lovely Parisian cafe nibbling a buttery croissant, sipping an espresso, and people watching is a fascinating experience- wish I were there right now!  During the 1920’s, famous artists and literary giants like Picasso and Hemingway, introduced cafes as stomping grounds for intellectuals.  As fortunate as I have been to drink coffee on five continents, my favorite place is my kitchen!  I have even brewed and tasted the most expensive coffee in the world–$160 per pound.  My nephew Joel brought back the famous Kopi Luwak from a trip to Indonesia.  He and I tasted it, just to say we had, and I drew the line there.  The coffee gets its taste from the coffee berries that the luwak eats and passes through its digestive system!  All I can say is yuck!!  I think you all would agree.

Please sit down and put your feet up, grab a strong cup (hopefully) of coffee,  and enjoy these photos that tell the story of how my love for coffee has met me in many forms and in many places around the world!

I have so enjoyed my pixie espresso machine by Nespresso.  It is so simple to operate and it makes excellent espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos!
Katy and I enjoyed scones and salted caramel lattes at an eclectic coffee shop in Rome (Georgia, that is).  You can read all about our day trip here:  When In Rome. What is breakfast without a cup of fresh brewed coffee?  I loved everything at Triple Creek Ranch in Montana, including their coffee!  Read more about our trip here:  Triple Creek Ranch, A Montana Hideaway Cute cafe in Grayton Beach with vintage tables and great steaming hot coffee in a large and colorful mug!  I had the best time all by myself in The Paris Market in Savannah.  What a treat to take an afternoon break and sit at a French marble topped cafe table and drink a fabulous latte!  Bliss!  Read more about our Savannah trip here:  Strollin’ Through Savannah. Last summer while in Austin, Texas, the thermometer went above the hundred degree mark!  I normally don’t drink iced coffees, but I made an exception with this double chocolate chip creme frappuccino!  What a guilty pleasure to indulge in the sweet coffee drink while sitting in a beautiful historic hotel lobby with gorgeous flowers on the table and a new book to read!  Read about our trip to Austin here:  Austin Thrills & Texas Hills Recently while Butch was on business, I took the opportunity, once again, to relax in a modern hotel lobby with a cup of coffee and my IPad!  Well, not exactly relaxing, but blogging!  A simple afternoon at home with my pick-me-up…espresso and a square of dark chocolate!  Enjoying Italian roast coffee and one of my favorite writers!  I have always heard about Turkish coffee.  While in Ephesus, Turkey I had the privilege to experience it…and it is an experience!  Notice the glass of water.  Turkish coffee is served with water in order to clean the mouth before drinking it!  It resembles a cup of thick dark chocolate. The texture was velvety smooth and I actually liked it!  Coffee and dessert go together like-peanut butter & jelly…Batman & Robin…needle & thread…Coffee and dessert at home-French roast coffee with fresh peaches and blackberries over pound cake!  Perfection!  Pumpkin spice lattes with French macarons on my patio!  Beautiful Eiffel Tower imprinted French butter cookies are a perfect accompaniment to a favorite Sumatran coffee!  More French macarons (can you tell that they are one of my favorites?) with a flavored coffee called snickerdandy!!  Coffee beans waiting to be ground at my favorite local coffee house!   The Coffee Well, in our historic downtown, makes fabulous coffees, sandwiches, desserts, and provides a wonderful Christian atmosphere!  Thank you Tammy!  My coffee station!  Love my hand made Moccamaster coffee maker that brews a great cup of coffee!  I love a French press for an excellent cup of coffee.  Many good restaurants offer a French press pot of coffee with dessert. Always a winner! 

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  1. debra says:

    Coffee and reading are two of my favorite things. I’ve not read any of Francine Roberts books. Please tell me a couple of your favorites. I mostly read those of southern writters, but always looking for new authors to add to my list. Enjoy your lovely blog. The wisteria the other day bought back wonderful memories of Dad. Thank you.

    • Debra, thank you so much for following along with our blog! My absolute favorite Francine Rivers book is “Redeeming Love”! You will not be able to put it down. I strongly encourage you to read and let me know when you do. I will want to know what you think! Blessings, Pam

  2. Angela, I have never seen that! It is beautiful! Where did you get it? What happened to yours? We need to get together for coffee one day soon! Thank you for your encouragement! Blessings, Pam

    • Angela Junkins says:

      Let’s plan on getting together soon!

      I do not remember where I found mine…somewhere online…but I believe one of my children is responsible for it’s demise 😉

  3. lulu says:

    This is such a great post. When you took all these photos of coffee you must have had something in mind! I see that we share a like for Nespresso coffee makers. We have 3 of them, but unlike you I doctor my coffee up with perfect frothed milk made with the Nespresso frother. Maybe I’ll make a cup right now.

    • Linda, I do enjoy using the frother for my friends! It is funny that I had all these photos of coffee and many more. I just enjoy a good cup of coffee and take photos constantly!

  4. What a great post! Thank you for sharing your love of coffee. I like coffee with flavored cream never milk. We have been buying locally made coffee here in since we moved to Texas! Love to try new flavors! I must admit I have a percolator not a coffee machine. I like it so much better. I do like french pressed coffee too! We do have an espresso machine but I hardly drag it out. Maybe I will today. Thanks for the inspiration! Your desserts look fantastic! Have a great weekend.
    Blessings My Friend,

    • Thank you so much, Elaine for reading and commenting! I do love a percolator! I have a friend who only uses one and her coffee is always great! Hope you have a wonderful Saturday and go ahead and make you an espresso! Blessings, Pam

  5. Stephanie says:

    First biscuits and now coffee….what a perfect day so far 🙂 How I love coffee my friend, and this post is full of deliciousness. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Blessings to you!

  6. Marsha says:

    Oh my gosh….I love coffee too. Love the espresso coffee in Spain too. You are really bringing back memories. I would love to try true Turkish coffee. Why don’t you come on over….we can decide where we want to go for coffee. (And yes, goes so well with dessert!) Happy Travels! Enjoy the wonderful coffee!

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