“HAPPY” Blogiversary Celebration with Kerry Schafer
Coffee Makes Me Happy
by Kerry Schafer
There are an abundance of things that make me happy, among them warm fires, trees, books, writing, my Viking, my cat, my dog – it’s so hard to pick just one.
If I must, then I choose coffee.
Coffee is the very first thing I look forward to in the morning. Truth is, without my morning coffee I’m probably not feeling the love for all of those other wonderful things.
We’re not talking just any old coffee, though. No Folgers here, and I’m not interested in a Keurig no matter what you tell me about the convenience. Not even an electric coffee pot for me, thank you. No, the making of the coffee is a ritual, and just as important as the coffee itself. The rattle of the grinder, the rich aroma of freshly ground beans, the taste of that first scalding mouthful and the way it wakes up my brain.
Now I’ve gone and given myself a craving. It’s almost bedtime as I write this and I must try to resist the temptation. Tomorrow morning, I tell myself. Tomorrow morning it will be my motivation to climb out of a warm bed into a cold house. And, as always, that first cup will drive away the cold and tired and make me happy.
We’ll start with the old blue kettle, heated on the stove. I know an electric kettle would be faster, but I swear to you it tastes better this way. One cool thing is that when this kettle boils it whistles, sort of like a train. It’s a cheerful happy noise, and it means coffee is just moments away.
While we’re waiting for the water to boil we grind the beans. The grinder is as old as the kettle, and the lever has broken off, but it can be pressed back on long enough to spin the blades and grind the beans. Smell that? That, my friend, is the aroma of fresh ground, high quality, organic, fresh roasted Crandall’s Dawn Blend coffee.
Next step, measuring. I have a favorite spoon for this, although I will substitute another at need. But this is the spoon that makes me happiest – I love the shape of it, it’s perfect weight, and the way it feels in my hand. Three heaping spoonfuls go into the filter to make the perfect brew in my favorite stoneware mug.
When the kettle boils it’s time to pour water slowly through the grounds until the cup is full. Add the perfect splash of half and half and it’s ready to make my day.
**Be sure to check out all of the other “HAPPY” posts from guest authors during this week’s blogiversary!! Click HERE for the Kickoff Post with the full list of participating authors and guest post links. ALL giveaways will be open for the entire week, winners will be chosen and notified on Sunday, March 2nd. Thanks for helping us celebrate!!**