Coffee With Friends
In the winter, I become a hermit. The weather is miserable—especially this year, it seems!—and I don’t really want to leave the house any more than I have to. I know I must not be the only one who feels this way, because in the winter we hardly see or hear our neighbors, and most of my communicating with friends happens via email, text, or Facebook—I can do that while I’m cuddled up on the couch with a cup of coffee.
I was mentioning that very thing to my mom, and she told me this great family story about her great-grandmother’s daily coffee routine. Every day at 3:00 PM, my great-grandmother would serve coffee to the family. This would’ve been in the 1930s and ‘40s, so there was nothing instant about this coffee process. She ground the coffee beans every day in a wood-handled coffee grinder to brew a fresh pot of coffee for the afternoon, and served the coffee with little sandwiches. The coffee was served in the very same demitasse cups that I’ve seen in my grandmother’s china cabinet, inherited after she married my grandfather. My great-grandparents, my grandfather, and his sister would stop whatever they were doing and have their coffee and sandwiches in the parlor. And because my great-grandfather was a minister, invariably there would be members of his congregation and other family friends who showed up as well…it was as much a daily open house and social hour as it was an afternoon break for the family. It sounds a lot like one Mississippi family’s version of the British afternoon tea!
I have become so enamored with the idea of a regular coffee break at home with my friends. We don’t live in a small-town setting like my great-grandparents, but we are moving to a new neighborhood in a few weeks, and I think I’ll invite our new neighbors over for coffee one afternoon. Who knows what friendships it might kindle!
Do you love coffee as much as I do? Then you’ll have to check out the Tuesday Morning “It’s Coffee O’Clock!” Pinterest board for all things coffee. Here are a few highlights:
Organized coffee is the BEST coffee! Check out this coffee pod drawer found in Tuesday Morning.
I’ll bet you already knew that you could get a great deal on coffeemakers at Tuesday Morning. But did you know that Tuesday Morning also has an amazing selection of gourmet coffee beans and specialty coffee syrups?
Forget paying for store-bought flavored creamers! The new thing is to make your own at home!
Make it easy to have afternoon coffee with friends by setting up a little coffee bar at home.
It’s true that coffee is wonderful any time of year, but there’s something warm and cozy about coffee and conversation with friends in the wintertime. I hope you’re inspired to catch up with a friend over some coffee this week!