Let's talk about coffee....
What makes a good cup of coffee great? Who is to say that one method of brewing is superior to another? When I think about the question, I am inclined to reply - you, me, each of us, our taste buds and our experiences. Some love their instant, others their drip and I really enjoy espresso! It is just like food. I can cook for hours perfecting a slow simmering tomato sauce but for some reason it never tastes right to me. Why? It doesn't taste the way I remember it should, the way my mother and my aunt makes it. I really feel that memories have a significant impact on what we eat and drink, just ask anyone what their comfort food is and why. Often times, just one whiff of something simmering or brewing and instantly we are transported back in time, we remember places, people, feelings... Like a modern day time machine!
I can't know for sure when and where my love of coffee began, but while thinking about this post I had the inspiration to talk about merenda. So maybe it all stems from there... Merenda is a light snack between lunch and supper, not always cooked but always always with coffee, at least in our home it was. Born to Italian parents, I have only recently started to explore, appreciate and make my own the rich gastronomical heritage they have given me. Merenda was our tea time growing up and up until we left home. 4 o'clock meant drip coffee was brewing and sometimes espresso too, if extra company was expected. It still amazes me how even though the precise image of those moments are vague, the emotions, the aromas and even the sounds still resonate within me. The power of memories .... whose purpose is, I think, to comfort us and ground us. Those moments didn't completely define what I would drink but rather what the act of drinking coffee would come to signify in my adult life; a break, a time to share, a time to breath and be in company! I don't like to drink coffee alone, just feels like something is missing.
Now that we are on the topic of sharing and of coffee obviously, you need to check out these café's on your next trip to New York City. We were there last summer, and discovered two café's. One by accident, Blue Bottle Coffee, as we were walking by, and the second one, Zibetto, was on our list of places to visit. Each café was different from the other, both in presentation, style and ambiance and both made amazing coffee! Blue Bottle Coffee was trendy and the way we expect coffee houses to look like today. Zibetto was like stepping off the streets of New York City and arriving instantly on italian soil, time stopped! A must see and their affogato, so worth the trip!
Enjoy your next sip!
Blue Bottle Coffee:
Zibetto: a shot of their espresso, what beautiful crema, and their affogato!
Now my mouth is watering and I so feel like an espresso!!