Back in the day, my coffee experience can only be defined by instant coffee mixes and a strong brew of black Liberica coffee from my dad’s hometown (which is one of the best I think and is still my favorite of all time *wink*). But as I continued on treading the delectable path towards coffee addiction, I found out that there is soooo much more to coffee and the experience that comes with drinking it. Like that unbelievably satisfying first sip of a perfectly warm, strong black coffee. Or the wonderful aroma of coffee being ground and being brewed. Just saying/typing those words make my mouth water.
Then I discovered coffee shops. I know, perfectly ordinary. But I just looove going to coffee shops, of course because of the coffee but other than that I feel like it is a unique experience one which you would not find in the more common restaurants and food places. I mean, to put it simply, it’s just a place that serves coffee. And if that bland statement is the definition of a coffee shop then all food places serving breakfast can be called coffee shops, or cafes, or coffee places. But it is not. I think it has come a long way far from that. It has become a melting pot of people, and ideas, and great drinks, and wonderful conversations. And I not only go to the well known coffee shops but local coffee places have their own charm too and some of my most favorite places are owned by locals here in my place. I find that they are cozy, and hits just the right spots as to how I like my coffee place to look and feel like.
Believe it or not I love reading in coffee shops, and I don’t mind the conversations around me because as some avid readers may relate with me, when I read, everything else gets shut out. They all become background music.
So going with the list-making trend in my blog lately, I decided to share my love affair with coffee shops.
- THE FEEL. I don’t know what it is about the feeling inside a coffee shop that just in a way calms me. It’s like I enter and someone in my head says “don’t worry honey, you are home now and I got you covered.”
- THE SMELL. Coffee has this wonderful, almost sexy aroma that hits home for me. I grew up in a family of coffee drinkers. Both my maternal and paternal extended families were and still are coffee lovers and drinkers so this was the smell of home for me and I have always been in love with that scent. I think just the smell of coffee makes me happy and energized.
- THE CONVERSATIONS. Whenever I enter a coffee place , I immediately become aware of the conversations taking place simultaneously around me. But then as I get settled, the seemingly loud voices just melt into this low, chaotic, random, almost melodic hum that makes me feel at ease. It’s lovely how I see people have actual conversations about even the most trivial stuff. I think it’s what we lack today.
- THE CONCENTRATION. If I need to concentrate on finishing something, I go to a coffee place and type away on my laptop. I walk away satisfied with my coffee fix and my work. I honestly can’t pinpoint one reason why, and yet I am able to concentrate at coffee shops amidst the surroundings which is naturally loaded with conversations and background noises. Maybe because nobody is ever likely to bother especially when you are alone and busy at a coffee shop. In these places people respect you private space and let you finish your coffee in peace. 🙂