Thank You for All the places I have been comforted with Coffee Cup Philosophy
From Paris to Ashland, Oregon, from San Diego to Alaska, from Baltimore to Quebec, from Katmandu to Quartzite, Arizona, from Boulder, Colorado to Indonesia, from Maui to London, from Los Angeles to Piscataway New Jersey, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Halifax.
I have had coffee in some fascinating places but the best coffee I ever had was flavored with good company and interesting times.
My friend, Margaret makes amazing coffee. I remember sitting on her porch steps in Santa Cruz wondering why her coffee tastes better than mine even when I make it the exact same way.
I have had coffee in many cars and trucks with my friends, Linda and Karma, it’s what we do, find the best drive through coffee in America, and we’ve been through a lot of America together with coffee.
I have visited friends in different places and they all have some kind of special ingredient in the coffee that keeps the moment in my brain forever…
Beverly’s deck overlooking Savage Creek and watching hummingbirds dance over our heads
George’s elegant kitchen with all the proper accouterments and ritual
Theodora’s french press brew with a touch of heavy whipping cream
The short walk from Mark Paglietti’s San Francisco office to South Park for a Latte using spare change we scrounged up
Sitting outside with Sharon in Las Vegas on a balmy morning with the meaning of life brewing in our hands
Teresa’s patio in Eugene, Oregon with Otis, the Dalmatian running in the yard
Sophia’s shady back yard on Mercer Island
With Jackie on my deck in Maryland talking for six solid hours about the love of one man
And all the friends I have sat with, huddled together in coffee cup philosophy and intimate conversations…
There are too many to list but you know who you are and I remember the iced coffee, the fresh brewed, the percolated, and the reheated coffee that has accommodated astounding conversations and bonded us and comforted us with the magic of the little black bean.
Cafes, coffee houses, diners, kitchen tables, front porches, back yards, sidewalks, vehicles, camp grounds, airports, over the phone, sidewalks…