For an English gal, I am SUCH a coffee drinker.
Except I’m not.
Basically, I realllllllly hate tea. I know, I know: it’s more British and civilised and looks nicer. But I cannot stand the taste, so I drink coffee.
Except, as I said, I don’t really. By ‘coffee’ I think most people think we’re talking about double espressos and beans and expensive machinery. Yeah… I’m talking about some brown stuff in a cup with enough sugar and milk to essentially disguise the taste of the brown stuff.
For someone who lives to eat, my tastebuds aren’t that great. You know all the coffees that are supposed to have cherry notes and undertones of chocolate and cinnamon? Yeah, no. I don’t understand that, myself. Personally I prefer a good ol’ flavoured coffee (yes, I am aware that most of you are probably gasping at my uncouthness) – but I think they’re super underrated.
Sooooo after the longest, most verbose introduction/background explanation EVER, we come to the bit where I announce: I’m starting a new series. A coffee appreciation series for people who only like pretend coffee, if you will.
And what could go better with coffee than a good book, amiright?
I actually picked up this Tugboat coffee from a food festival we went to a few weeks ago. One sniff of the beans and I was sold, plus there’s the flavour name – who DOESN’T want to drink Sticky Gingerbread? It’s so warm and snuggly!
Essentially this bad boy is Autumn in a mug. Pair with a good ol’ fantasy book (or maybe it’s just me that’s on this fantasy binge?), a blanket, and pouring rain for ultimate cosiness.
Speaking of fantasy, I’ve just finished A Thousand Nights, and I have to say I was a little disappointed. I mean, by rights that book should be GLORIOUS – LOOK at that front cover! And it’s an Arabian retelling! AND it’s written by an archaeologist! But… I just found it really hard work for a book that’s so short. EK Johnston’s writing is very romantic, and yes, it IS beautiful… but it also felt laboured and clunky. The characterisation seemed pretty poor to me too: we don’t even learnt the NAMES of the main character, or any of her family; and at the end (SPOILER BUT IT’S THE MOST OBVIOUS SPOILER EVER IF YOU’VE EVER READ ANYTHING LIKE THIS) she suddenly decides to love the ‘bad guy’ for LITERALLY NO REASON. Other than she likes living in his castle, I mean.
Yeah, I don’t think A Thousand Nights will make it to my re-read bookcase. On the other hand, it is REMARKABLY PRETTY, so…
Read fantasy they say. It’ll relax you, they say. Yeah, right.
Tugboat Sticky Gingerbread Latte
1 Cup Milk
2 tsp Tugboat Sticky Gingerbread Coffee (or more, to taste)
Sugar/Syrup, to taste
Pour the milk into your chosen mug, then straight into the saucepan. Over a medium heat, continuously stir the milk to ensure it doesn’t burn. Add the coffee (pause to enjoy that lovely fresh coffee smell, first) and whisk until combined. Add and sugar or syrup at this stage. When the coffee is hot enough (I like mine simmering), remove from the heat and serve. Preferably with some biscotti, ’cause then you can pretend you’re civilised.
So, what are your thoughts on coffee/tea/hot drinks? And A Thousand Nights??