I love coffee and my yesteryear memories that male it special. One of my favorites is espresso – ANY TYPE OF ESPRESSO! Ristretto, single shot, double shot or lungo (long shot). 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 she frequented 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 and extremely light and delicious.
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 like espresso but is sweetened and 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 building 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. You’ll be glad you did!!
My coffee enjoyment at home starts as soon as I wake up. I turn on the coffee that was readied the night before. I have this old and outdated automatic coffee maker, which I will have to replace soon. However, it works and makes a decent 8 cups of coffee. I sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin spice in the grinds to give it some spunk.
My husband and I sip our coffee throughout the morning while getting ready for what the day will bring. Our coffee doesn’t live up to the interesting taste of Chicory, or the jolt from Cuban coffee, or the pizzazz from espresso, however, it makes for our quality time together – memories that will not be forgotten.