I have very early memories of my parents on a weekend enjoying lunch and dinner with our Italian family and friends. A key memory and I quickly appreciated the climax of the social event centered around the platter of 10 or so cups of espresso shots being served to all family members. Minutes later the loud demands of a second coffee round from my uncles. You could imagine how a young boy would just sit there and think whats all this fuss about.

As early as a 10 year old I was handed the role from my mother of making the coffee for everyone no matter what time of the day. I am sure a number of Italian heritage Australians who are reading this post will be smiling as we all received the honour of making coffee.

For me, I loved it, the smell of the ground coffee or the grinding of beans. My father bought on in 1971 whilst on holiday in Italy a green lever espresso machine. Now that was exciting watching my mother pull the coffees, wow, just like being out on the town! It stopped working and disappeared before I ever got a chance to work the handle and slowly prefuse the group handle packed with aromatic coffee….yes now rambling sorry.

So back to the title of this post. Why I love coffee? Simply, in the morning, it lifts your mood and wakes the spirit, after lunch, the second boost to get through the rest of the afternoon. And finally, after dinner, warms the soul and potentially offers another small lift before bed time.

The texture, smell, taste and addictive mental boost is unique. The hundreds of variations of beans, bean origins and extraction methods only adds to the science of this wondeful and truely delicious hot drink.



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