A Digressing New Year Wish

by Kimberley on January 5, 2010 · 4 comments

I have never been a coffee drinker. Sometimes I wish I was and I can admit, I am at times, jealous of the lusty look in my husband’s eyes in the morning as he brings his coffee mug to his mouth and savours those first few sips. The satisfaction it brings to him is foreign to my mornings; I have nothing that enticing to draw me from my slumber.

The closest thing I have to compare to my Husband’s coffee obsession is my love for Earl Grey Tea. However, it does not really compare because, I don’t feel the need to drink Earl Grey each and every morning and if I do, I rarely finish an entire cup.

My husband could never stop at one cup of coffee, I am positive he consumes more than 5 cups a morning in enormous, tub sized mugs that could be used for a trough they are so large. Furthermore, unlike me and my Earl Grey tea, he is very specific about the type of coffee he drinks. I know he would sooner lick dirt from the ground than drink Folgers or Nescafe. He can sit and describe the best coffees he has tasted, what part of the world they are from, how they were roasted and prepared; connoisseur is certainly a word I could use to describe him.

There is only one time in my life that I can recall having a cup of Earl Grey that was so amazing that it sticks out in my mind. It was in Amsterdam at a little café on a canal lined street. It was a lovely May morning and we had stopped for a mandatory, morning coffee stop for my husband and on a whim I ordered a cup of Earl Grey tea.

We took our beverages out of doors to the outside seating, which was a floating dock of sorts on the canal, with a few tables and chairs on it. I made my Earl Grey tea as I conventionally do mixing in a small heap of sugar and a generous amount of milk. I distinctly recall taking that first sip and how good it tasted. It was no special brand, just regular old Twinings but damn it was good. I can vividly remember the surroundings, the tea, the sun, the water, everything around us; I will never forget that cup of tea.

I can admit that I have been on a quest for the same tea experience since then. Like an addict trying to emulate their very first high, no other cup of tea has ever quite reached my expectations since then. As I sit here and write I am enjoying a cup of Twinings’ Earl Grey and I can tell you, it is nothing like that specific cup. Perhaps it was the setting, perhaps it was the company, but I have never been able to emulate it.

And so, I go on, into another decade, another year and still no true morning addiction, still nothing to draw me out of bed with the promise of satiation. Oh well, I guess I will always have the memory of Amsterdam and my cup of Twinings tea. This was intended to be a New Years post and I digressed as often happens with my writing so, Happy New Year to you! I hope you have many cups of amazing Earl Grey tea on stunning sunlit canals in gorgeous foreign cities in your future.

Written to: Creature Fear by Bon Iver played over and over again with About Boy inspired closed eye singing. If you are my neighbour… I apologize 😉

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Teresa February 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

Me and you need to go to a Moka House for London Fogs someday. When it’s nice out. We can walk to the park from the Cook St location. Let the kids go wild in the playground while we sit in some shade, so engrossed in our Fogs that we can’t even speak. Bliss.

Kimberley February 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I love London Fogs. We are so doing that… I cannot wait for the warm weather!

Tami February 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Creamy earl grey loose leaf tea from The Secret Garden tea shop in Vancouver MAY satisfy…it’s amazing and you can order it online…. 🙂

Kimberley February 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Creamy Earl Grey sounds really really good. I am in Van soon I need to check that out!

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