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October 29, 2012

Some people talk about being “chocoholics” and of course there are, sadly, alcoholics – but I think we are on the verge of becoming “coffeeholics”!

I’ve always preferred coffee – as a teenager my Saturday and school holiday job was in a hairdressers and we were always drinking coffee. Then at work my editor was a strong coffee drinker and again we always had plenty of coffees.

We are told we shouldn’t drink more than four cups a day and it’s rarely that we do but whereas others might say “let’s go to the pub” or “shall we open a bottle of wine”, with us it’s “Shall we go and have a coffee” or “Shall I put the coffee machine on”.

I bought my hubby a Dualit coffee machine a few years ago and we really get out use out of it. It’s a totally different standard of coffee making to a cafetiere or using a pod machine. By testing out different brands we’ve now got our favourites and even different types of cups to suit the type of coffee whether it’s a latté, cappuccino, mochiata or espresso.

Duallit coffee machine

I admit before we stopped going to the supermarkets I bought a supply of our favourite Italian blend from Sainbury’s and our daughter in law sometimes brings us various blends back from her trips overseas, we still had some we bought in Mexico earlier in the year too.

Sainsburys Italian Blend

Then we began to buy Costa Ground Coffee directly from the store and found that with the Dualit machine we get great coffee to our taste every time.

Readers will already know that where possible we try to buy local but whichever coffee we buy it won’t be and through much testing (ongoing I’m glad to add) we do like Costa best. Sometimes it’s not totally about the coffee taste. Sometimes it’s about the service, what you might want to eat with your coffee, whether they have the papers, that they don’t give you the evil eye if you just want to sit with a coffee and use their wi-fi for an hour, that they might be pretending but they actually seem to like working there and be smiley and civil with you – after all you are the customer.

With Costa we nearly always find all that. And if we don’t we go elsewhere! Our home branch is a little bit lack lustre. The atmosphere is lacking – the seating isn’t comfy, there were never enough high chairs when our grandson was a baby, the staff don’t smile enough, in fact on occasion have been grouchy, the production area seems to get back logged – I’ll stop there because it sounds like I’m moaning and I don’t do moaning!

So when we are out, or travelling, or on holiday we love our coffee and currently our favourite is a large Costa!

Costa Massimo

If you read the extract below it looks like the coffee craze is definitely nothing new – we’ve come full circle…..

A PROCLAMATION FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF COFFEE HOUSES: Whereas it is most apparent that the multitude of Coffee Houses of late years set up and kept within this Kingdom…and the great resort of idle and disaffected persons to them, have produced very evil and dangerous effects; as well for that many tradesmen and others, do herein misspend much of their time, which might and probably would be employed in and about their Lawful Calling and Affairs; but also for that in such houses…divers, false, malitious, and scandalous reports are devised and spread abroad to the Defamation of His Majesty’s Government, and to the disturbance of the Peace and Quiet of the Realm; his Majesty hath though it fit and necessary, that the said Coffee Houses be (for the Future) put down and suppressed…
~King Charles II of England, December 23, 1675 (This rule was revoked on January 8, due to widespread citizen protest.)


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