I love coffee and my memories that go with it. One of my favorites is espresso – ANY TYPE OF ESPRESSO! Ristretto, single shot, double shot or lungo (long shot). JUST GIVE IT TO ME!! I also love Cappuccino, Café Latte, Café Mocha, anything that a barista at Starbucks can conjure up.
My love for coffee started when I was young. My mother was raised in Louisiana and spent a lot of time in New Orleans. She would frequent the well-known Café du Monde in New Orleans where their specialty was coffee with Chicory and beignets.
For those of you that are not familiar with Chicory, it is a caffeine-free herb that is as popular as a coffee substitute as well as an ingredient in New Orleans coffee.
By the way, I know you are just dying to know what beignets are. Beignets are a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. They are served in orders of three. They were brought to Louisiana by the Acadians and were fried fritters, sometimes filled with fruit.
I remember the times when my mother and I would vacation in New Orleans and have leisurely breakfasts at the Café du Monde sipping Chicory coffee and munching on beignets. I preferred the Chicory served Au Lait, mixed half and half with hot milk. It was a glorious time – memories that will not be forgotten.
When I turned 30, I had several life-changing events and decided to leave Orlando, Fl (where I was born). I moved to the Miami area where I fell in love with Café Cubano, known as Cuban coffee. Cuban Coffee is a type of espresso that is incredibly delicious.
Cuban coffee is the octane that fuels South Miami. Sipping Cuban coffee is a daily social event in Miami neighborhoods. It’s a cheap jolt that will keep you going for hours. There are several variations of energy creating coffee. I could use a shot right now in order to get through this blog. If you ever have to run through an airport to catch a plane and you’re in Miami, grab a shot of Cuban coffee. I was already late and had a connecting flight so I grabbed that little amazing shot of energy and made my flight – it was a fun time and will not be forgotten.
As for the coffee. I have at home, as soon as I wake up, I turn on the coffee. I had readied it the night before. I have this old and outdated automatic coffee maker, which I am going to have to replace soon. However, it works and makes a decent 8 cups pf coffee. I sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin spice in the grinds to give it some spunk.
My husband and I sip our coffee through the morning while getting ready for what the day will bring. It doesn’t live up to the interesting taste of Chicory, the jolt from Cuban coffee or the pizzazz from espresso, however, it makes for our quality time together – memories that will not be forgotten.