It’s been a little over a week since I first posted my Top 5 Coffee Moments™, and I have to admit, some of the Coffee Moments™ that you guys have sent back to me—whether as a comment, an email or a message—are seriously awesome. It seems that I underestimated how universal the idea of a “coffee moment” really is, though in retrospect, I suppose it makes sense: what is life if not a series of chapters, significant or insignificant, each one helping to shape our individual stories?
And what worthwhile chapter is complete without a cup of coffee (or two)?
So, in celebration of all of your stories, I want to repost some of the best Coffee Moments™ that you all have written about. Reading your stories, I’m now feeling a great temptation to write some more Coffee Moments™ of my own—but I’ll save that for another day. Today is about you guys.
However, before we begin, let’s play catchup for those who might not know what exactly a Coffee Moment™ is. To explain, I’ll simply quote my previous post:
Coffee Moments™ are those special experiences, those memorable stories from our past, that will always contain the line “and as it all happened, I was drinking a cup of coffee.”
So now, without further ado, let’s get started. While all Coffee Moments™ are fantastic, here are a few that stood out.
First off, longtime follower Steve Johnson of Book to the Future describes a first visit to a new country:
I think my bestest coffee moment was my first in the U.S., it was a Starbucks and we sat outside in the heat of the day as the world passed by and my fortnight stretched before me. It not only helped me after all the traveling but gave me chance to sit and take stock of where I was and what I could do. For that brief moment, it really was the land of the free.
Then, we have Laura—the self-described “caffeine fueled” writer of lyriquediscorde—telling us a story about first meetings:
Meeting a past love at a coffee shop. We were in line and began to volley back and forth banter about a particularly high maintenance patron at the counter. We ended up standing outside talking, with our individual, less high maintenance coffees, for the better part of an hour. It was the start to a memorable relationship in my life that though bittersweet now, meant a great deal to me. When we had an argument or a misunderstanding, one of the two of us would bring the other coffee, as a reminder of that first moment/attraction.
Michelle Cook recalls her early experiences:
My first cup was given to me by my aunt at her house during a holiday. I think it was Christmas. I had no idea what coffee tasted like and wanted to fit in with the adults. I believe I was about 12 years old at the time. I remember thinking at first, that it was the worst tasting drink that I had ever had, but the more I drank, the more I started to convince myself that it wasn’t so bad. I finished the whole cup because I didn’t want to be wasteful. I think it was quite a few years before I ever had another cup. I remember my mother being upset at me for drinking it in the first place. I drink at least one cup everyday now.
David Prosser, though more of a tea drinker, also looks back on old times:
I can remember though that during the late 50’s my first experience wasn’t of rel coffee but with a substitute called Camp Coffee which was made from chickory, a hangover from the lean, rationed years of the war. It was probably 1964 when I first visited a coffee bar as a teenager and had my first real coffee as it was a ‘Cool’ drink back then and coffee bars were a new thing to a young teen.
Meanwhile, Nirmala recalls just how amazing coffee can be after a long abstinence:
One of my top one was after the birth of my daughter. I had been almost off coffee for 9 months and suddenly the smell was so invigorating and I can still remember cuddling my little girl and drinking that first big mug after a long time….
Missa of NotAnotherNerdBlog is all about the process:
I think my favorite coffee moments would have to be at a previous job. I worked in a quirky little coffee shop in a small town and made some amazing friends there! I almost always had a coffee or latte (or a shot of straight espresso if I was feeling bold) sitting either under the register or in the back kitchen. I made some amazing friends there and really started to grow and become the person I am today at that job, always accompanied by a coffee.
Even now, making coffee is the highlight of my job. We grind and brew every cup individually. When it’s busy, it’s the one time I get a chance to stand still and just enjoy the aroma and the beauty of the process. I know tea drinkers often say the process is a very important part of the tradition of tea drinking, but the same can be said of coffee if it’s done right.
And finally, we can’t go without mentioning the perfect answer given to us by author C.S. Wilde, who clearly knows how to enjoy every moment to its maximum capacity:
every moment is a coffee moment hehe ; )
Feel free to check out my original post, and feel even more free to comment—whether here, there, or anywhere—with all of your favorite Coffee Moments™, including any new ones that might develop. I look forward to reading many more, and hey, if we get enough of ’em, then maybe we can have a second celebration.
In the meantime, I’ll keep the coffeemaker warm.