Sunday, May 24, 2009

No Fun Coffee and a Pithy Turk (late corner view)

There was this women who lived in South Africa for a while. She had a housemaid, a helper who would come to her house every now and then. Once the housemaid brought someone to help her. Before work they had coffee. The second helper made it. She called it No fun coffee meaning it was going to be a strong one. They drank it and it was time to start work. But the second helper was ready for another cup. This time she made Baby coffee. A weaker one. Then Coffee Americano followed. Which was actually an Italian espresso. And a couple of others that the woman had special names for. She basically finished her coffee venture at the end of the shift but it is not important, the beautiful part is the names she used. This comes from a short article I read in a paper. The lady was Czech and shared her experience on having a household in South Africa. Since then my husband and I have either no fun coffee or baby coffee depending on the part of the day and daily portion of our humor.

As for the Czechs, they drink so called Turkish coffee which one would suppose must be coffee prepared in a džezva like they do in all Balkan countries but it is not. You put a spoonful of ground coffee straight in a cup and pour hot water over it. Done. Buon Apetit. The coffee goes to the bottom and then you drink it. It doesn't sound good but it is OK. But Italian moka press coffee is better.

7 comments:

state of bliss said...

Hope you had great time in Italy. I like your story- it brought smile on my face. In Poland we drink coffee the same way as in your country; I prefer Italian moka or French press but from time to time I have the old way. It tastes like home..

Have a great and sunny week,
Kasia

Bohemian girl said...

Milá Kašo,
my Italian friend who had had a Polish girlfriend said once: ...and the Polish cuisine, Adrianka, she couldn't find milk in the fridge so she grabbed panna da cucinare and put it in her coffee! (other Italians sitting round the table are fainting). I always recall his words anytime I put panna da cucinare in my coffee.

state of bliss said...

Panna da cucinare in the coffee: my partner who is Italian just couldn't believe it :) But yes, I used to add it to my coffee too :)))

Agnes Nz said...

Your creation are gorgeous!

stella said...

that's a nice cup of tea :)

Francesca said...

I'd say I was having a no fun coffee right now (although according to the story it should be coffee americano), and I can see that Dominik likes it too ... better than the Turkish one, from the sound of it!

jane said...

oh what a lovely post. i love the names she used. besos-jane