Sunday, November 20, 2016

Bitter Sweet: Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

Yesterday I went to the member's preview of the new exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  It is called Bitter Sweet and is all about my favorite drinks:  coffee, tea and chocolate.  Today I thought I would share my photos with you as it was much encouraged - unusual for a special exhibit.  Pictures are being posted on Instagram (by others, not me) with the hashtag 'sipthestory'.

I learned something new as soon as I entered.  Did you know that not only did homo sapiens originate in Africa, but so did coffee.  I always think of Juan with his donkey and South America. but other drinks originated there - a future post.  Then I remembered that I have purchased Ethiopian beans in the distant past when I ground my own - before my coffee maker needed replacing and I switched to a Keurig single cup brewer - which makes more sense for one person.

Here is coffee in pictures:





 
Years ago an Iraqi friend of mine had his aunt make some coffee for me, a coffee similar to Turkish coffee.  All I can say is 'ugh'.  It was so thick I could hardly drink it - well, I didn't as I recall.  One of my cousins married a girl from Naples, Italy and we would joke that the spoon could stand up by itself in her coffee.
 I just love this coffee pot.

This coffee grinder is a tad more fashionable than the one I used to use.
Below are some of my Pickard collection:



I have never used these two little demitasse cups.  I think it must have been annoying to have to keep refilling them.  Next installment is all about tea.


10 comments:

  1. Interesting. I love Turkish coffee and used to make it at home, I have all the equipment even now. As for demi tasse cups, we used them after dinner when one was drinking liqueurs and sipping a little coffee. Used to do that all the time when I lived in the UK. A Keurig would never do for me. I drink around 3 pots a day. Decaf mind you. Although at the bowling alley I drink caffeinated coffee.

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    1. I drink three cups at the most in the morning and maybe one decaf at night. You sound like a REAL coffee drinker. My friend tells me I am not because I do not go for the black only, heavily roasted, almost bitter taste. Tough. I still enjoy my vanilla coffee in the morning. If I had a maid, I might sit around and 'sip'. Several of the paintings in the exhibit showed women being served by a maid. Not in my house, lol.

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    2. I certainly drink mine black and unsweetened. Unless it's an Irish Coffee of course. I think I have gone off vanilla, I bought some cereal which was vanilla flavoured and threw it out in the end, couldn't stand it.

      Not in my home either unfortunately.

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  2. I love the little cup with the blue flowers on it! This is an interesting exhibit...a blog friend, Vidya would like this and my dear friend Jeff, just came back from Turkey. Funny, my mom, when she would go back to Europe to visit relatives, would order a coffee and then a separate cup and a cup of very hot water. The coffee was/is way too strong so she would weaken it...everyone thought she was nuts.

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    1. I do not think she is nuts at all. Now you can order an Americano which is half coffee, half water. Works for me. Wonder what they call it in Canada?

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  3. I love my coffee black and strong, although I had tocut down this year due to having problems with my gallbladder.I'm back up to about a cup and a half in the morning.

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    1. I always drank black coffee when I was younger. Now I always have to add either a sweetener or some milk. Maybe both.

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  4. I really would have enjoyed seeing this exhibit. I do like my coffee, but learning about it in this way would have been fascinating! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    betty

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    1. It was great of the museum to allow and even encourage photography. Now I can relive the experience whenever I wish. And share it with friends online.

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  5. What beautiful pictures. I would have loved visiting this exhibit. I love coffee!!

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