05 August 2010

Theme Thursday: Brown

In a little café, the smell of coffee winds its arms around chairs and tables. It's busy but quiet. Loudest is the sound of the coffee bubbling and dripping into mugs, and the whir of the fridge where the milk is still cold from the delivery hours ago.

There is a certain technique to making a leaf or a heart on a latté, but if you practise you'll get it. If you don't like the smell, you will soon. If not, get out. But don't stick your nose in the coffee beans, they are sacred you know, like brown gold. That's right, don't laugh.
Do you own a café? Can you tell me that you have studied coffee drinkers for twenty years? Well then. Go serve these.
Personal service, right to the table, that's how you keep them coming back. Maybe it is only a few steps away. Is that a remark on the size of my café? This is prime real estate you know, expensive.
I don't like you making remarks about my café. It will still be here when you are long dead. Coffee is immortal, and this café serves it to everyone. Not a snooty café.
Can I help it? It almost is alive to me. Like a child. Now it's grown up and I can't tell it what to do any more. If you laugh one more time, you'll be out. Faster if the café doesn't like you. It does, though. Sure, I can tell these things. I told you, didn't I, it's like my baby.
Yes that is an offer. No, you're still getting the same pay I advertised. Just because it likes you, you think you're something special? Well all right, as long as you keep it happy.
For goodness sake, it's just a café. You didn't think I was serious?
And keep away from those beans!

 Theme Thursday, where interpretations run amok.

19 comments:

Austin said...

Brilliant write! Loved how it ended and I could smell the coffee, but not deep in the beans! I know lots of coffee snobs so this made me really happy!

Thanks!

tony said...

I Dare Not tell You 'I Like Sugar in Mine....................'

AngelMay said...

Oh my! I put BOTH cream AND sugar in mine. :)

RA said...

Ah! That's my kind of a café. Beans and all. Great TT. :)

Brian Miller said...

ha. brilliant...i like mine black...and bold...

annell said...

That tiny cafe was just right, said the baby bear.

Lesley said...

I like mine black and full.
Wonder why it is 'black' when the colour and smell is so definitely 'brown'?

Mama Zen said...

Coffee is immortal! I love it!

Me said...

Nice!

I used to take mine "Double Double", but have scaled back to "Regular".

It's a Canadian thing. :)
-C

Claudia said...

like brown gold - YES - i love to stick my nose in fresh coffee beans..... ;o)

Francisca said...

I like mine black... like my soul... no, only kidding... about my soul, that is. I used to say, many moons ago, I like my coffee black and hot, like my men, but as a happily married mid-aged woman, that now would sound ridiculous. Fun read, Leo, and good take on the theme.

Gabriela Abalo said...

I love coffee!

great take on the theme

croneandbearit said...

Lovely post - to enjoy coffee is to enjoy life itself. I'm sipping mine now and it's delightful!

willow said...

I love "coffee is immortal".

California Girl said...

I've never thought about how to make those swirly hearts etc. I assume you do it with whipping cream techniques.

Extra cream, no sugar.

Aoife.Troxel said...

I was talking to someone in a little café, they said it's all in the wrist, it only takes practise. But some cafés have fancy machines to do elaborate ones, though I've never seen any other than a leaf and a heart (presumably the simplest).
I love the smell of coffee.

Ruth said...

I love coffee... cuppa cuppa cuppa cuppa joe (or however that old song goes) and I love the way:

[i]n a little café, the smell of coffee winds its arms around chairs and tables.

Even non-coffee-drinkers I know love that smell (though apparently not enough to make them start drinking coffee - lol).

Great post!

joanny said...

Love this post, love a good cup of coffee and small cafes. Really very nice writing.
Joanny
from Theme Thurs
http://thedowsersdaughter.blogspot.com/2010/08/early-to-rise.html

Baino said...

Ah until my internet decided to behave this morning I was resolved to spending the morning in a cafe withwireles, drinking latte's with fern leaf patterns .. come to think of it. Might head anyway! Delicious