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Lukewarm Coffee ‘NOT’
How do you like to drink your coffee, do you like it lukewarm, or a new iced coffee? Neither one of those sounds very appealing. I think I will stay with hot coffee or something in between. Coffee was almost on the way out for a generation or two, now it’s making a tremendous comeback. Fancy, expensive coffees or lattes, with exotic names are the in thing today. Coffee shops are popping up all over the country, as fast as hamburger stands did 40 years age. You can even get coffee with your Big Mac now.
As for cooking coffee, when I was a youngster it was cooked in a heavy old porcelain pot on a red hot cook stove. It was almost boiling yet, when poured into the cup. I do believe this hot coffee was what prompted my grandparents to pour it into a saucer where it could cool for a little while before they drank it.
I recall watching my grandparents at coffee time, they would put a cube of sugar between their front teeth, pour some of the coffee from the cup into the saucer until it was about half-full, then pick the saucer up, balancing it on all of their fingers, then slowly sip the coffee from the saucer. This was a practice they continued all of their lives. The satisfied look in their eyes was quite remarkable. If they were alive today and went to McDonald’s, I’m sure they would bring a saucer with them, they would truly enjoy their hot coffee at the drive-in also. One would try to drink with less noise and gusto at Mc Donald’s.
I quickly learned the little sugar cubes were not candy. I also learned, by asking grandpa for a sip of coffee, I usually ended up getting a little sugar along with it. It was fun to sit on his lap at coffee time. During World War Two the sugar cubes were cut in half.
I have often wondered what prompted them to drink their coffee from a saucer. I just did a little research I was surprised to find out this has been going on for centuries on almost every continent in the world. It no doubt comes back to cooling the liquid before drinking it.
“Certainly it’s an old tradition in Sweden. You pour the coffee from your cup into the saucer and sip it – usually quite noisily – after blowing a little on it (to cool it). Dricka på fat (drink from a plate, i.e. saucer) can be combined with dricka på bit (drink with a lump, i.e. lump of sugar). You take the lump of sugar between your teeth and sip your coffee (from the saucer) through the sugar. Neither of these customs are, however, common in polite society… And, generally speaking, I’ve only ever seen older people do it, years ago, and in the countryside. Today’s urban and international Swedes are more likely to have a latte – without sugar – in a tall glass, no saucer.”