Coffee Drink Recipes and Stories of Love

I got divorced from caffeine years ago, but can never end my love affair with coffee. Yes, I drink decaf. The smell of coffee is what I'm so fond of, not its awakening effects or even its taste. I think a love story of man and coffee is not that much different from a relationship between two humans. Everyone has their own way to enjoy coffee; everybody adopts their own tactics to nurture a relationship.

A cup of strong espresso is like a faithful partner who's always there to support you, whereas an incompetently-prepared cappuccino might remind you of a failed blind date. It takes a while for many people to discover their perfect type of coffee drink; and once they find it, some of them remain loyal to it for the rest of their life. For some others, however, such discovery seems impossible; the excitement of variety is what they prefer. Coffee commitment is just not for everyone.

Whenever I stand in line at a coffee shop, I can't help eavesdropping what other people are ordering. Sometimes I can figure out what type of coffee they are going to have even before they open their mouth. Our personality and perhaps our mood of the day have a lot to do with the coffee we choose to drink. This cafe fact has granted me a writing whim to intertwine this collection of coffee drink recipes with some little tales of love, obsession and downright stubbornness. All the people and stories below are fictional. If one of these names coincidentally sounds like yours, I do apologize.

Cafe Au Lait Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. ground roasted chicory
  • 6 - 8 tbsps. ground coffee (preferably coarse or medium-coarse grind)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. sugar (optional)

 

French Press or Press Pot
French Press or Press Pot

In France, they call the coffee press "cafetière à piston" which means "coffeepot with a piston." In America, it is known by many aliases: French press, press pot or plunger pot. Watch the video below to see how it works.

Cafe Au Lait and the French Granny

Suzette Dubois will make cafe au lait herself. Her recent adventure at the nearby coffee shop, Moonpucks, was a total disaster. She had to stand in line for half an hour. And when she finally ordered, the young barista proposed a ridiculous question, "Whole milk, non-fat or soy?" Suzette was startled; she thought she might have confused him.

"I ordered cafe au lait," she tried to make herself clear.

"Yes, I know, ma'am," he replied. "What kind of milk would you like in it? Whole milk, non-fat milk, or soy milk?"

Soy milk? Blasphemy! She frowned at him with disdain and responded, "Whole moo-cow milk!"

The cafe au lait she got was weaker than the mocha milkshake she makes for her grandchildren. In French, they call this type of coffee "jus de chaussette," literally translated into English as "sock juice." What a shame. Oh, those clueless American baristas, they have raped her favorite coffee drink! She doesn't know why younger people seem to like this chain coffee shop so much.

Moonpucks will not get another penny from her. Never again. Today Suzette will be her own barista. With an agile hand, she spoons some ground coffee and chicory into her old French press. Chicory, as her mother told her, was used in the old days as a coffee substitute, due to either the scarcity of coffee beans or the lack of francs to buy them. Now when coffee is affordable and ubiquitous, chicory has become like an extra spice. It peps up the drink with its robust roasty scent, and offers a health benefit that a normal cup of coffee doesn't deliver. Legend has it, this special herb can rid harmful toxins from the blood.

Suzette pours some near-boiling water over the coffee and chicory grinds, then stirs and covers. While allowing the coffee to steep and release its full flavor, she begins warming some milk in a little saucepan. Like an experienced barista, she turns off the heat right before it starts to boil, then whisks the warm milk until it's frothy. Is it the time yet? She watches the second arm on her clock tick. Oui! The grinds have been infused in water for four minutes, and now her coffee is ready. She pushes the plunger of her French press down to the bottom to trap the spent coffee grounds, then gingerly grabs a chipped porcelain cup from a kitchen shelf, the same cup Aunt Eleanor used to serve cafe au lait in Marseille twenty years ago. With the saucepan in one hand and the press pot in the other, she simultaneously pours the milk and coffee into the cup.

Sitting down in her armchair with her cup of cafe au lait and a buttery croissant, Suzette utters a gentle sigh of satisfaction. She dunks the croissant into her coffee drink and takes a big bite. The bread is soaked with coffee the same way her heart is filled with love for the old French tradition. Young people might find it hard to understand and think she's a hard-to-please granny, but she can't help it. This is her favorite petit dejeuner (breakfast), and she will have it precisely the way she wants.

How to Use a French Press

Mocha Milkshake Ingredients

  • 2 cups coffee ice-cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tbsps. chocolate syrup

Mocha Milkshake and Randy's Gaydar

It is the year 2010. Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most popular T.V. icons; Elton John is as widely admired as the Pope; and gay marriage is legal in quite a few countries. Many gay men, however, are still closeted. Randy Burlisimous is not one of those covert gays. At work, he looks like a typical businessman in a suit and tie, but at night, he wears his red high heels and leather corset proudly. Everyone knows he is happily homosexual.

Today Randy goes to the break room a little early to make two glasses of mocha milkshake for himself and his colleague, Steve. They have had lunch together almost every day in the past three years. Oh, Randy loves him so. He could ask Steve whether he wants to go to that overrated coffee shop, Moonpucks, but Randy would rather make this coffee drink himself. Mocha milkshake is just like Steve; cool, sweet and delightful. Deep inside all that milk and sweetness, the solemn taste of coffee lingers obscurely. Even so, there's no need to take a sip to know that it's there. He can smell it. He knows Steve is one of those closeted gays. His dear colleague watches America's Next Top Model, knows the difference between a pillow sham and pillow case, and hasn't dated any girl for nearly ten years. All these bits of information just make Randy's "gaydar" go BEEP BEEP BEEP!

Calm and blithe, he mixes some coffee ice-cream, milk and chocolate syrup in the blender until smooth. Humming Diana Ross' I'm Coming Out, he pours the mocha milkshake into two glasses. Today the two of them must have a heart-to-heart talk. It might not be easy for Steve to reveal his true coffee flavor, but Randy will try his best to delve the bejesus into that mocha milkshake and make him admit the truth.

"Hey, Randy!" Steve yells, stepping into the break room.

Randy turns around to find his colleague standing hand-in-hand with a young Asian woman.

"I'm not gonna have lunch here today, man," says Steve. "This is my girlfriend, Lulu. We're going to that Moonpucks around the corner. Wanna join us?"

"Your girlfriend?" Randy replies, flabbergasted. The girl says hi and gives him a smile. He remembers hearing Steve talk about her before, but not as his girlfriend.

"Yeah, long story," Steve chuckles. "So you're coming?"

"Uh....no, thanks. You guys have fun." He watches the couple unblinkingly as they leave. What a charade. He doesn't believe his gaydar is broken. It can't be. Too bad, Steve will always remain a mocha milkshake and never become an espresso.

Flavored Espresso Ingredients (for 2 servings)

For the Lemon Syrup: 1 tsp. sugar, 4 tbsps. water, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, a pinch of lemon zest

For the Clove Syrup: 1/2 tsp. sugar, 2 tbsps. water, 1/2 tsp. cloves and 1 vanilla bean

For Each Serving of Flavored Espresso: 2 tbsps. lemon syrup, 1 tbsp. clove syrup, 1/2 cup espresso

Moka Pot
Moka Pot

The moka pot was invented in 1933 by an Italian craftsman, named Alfonso Bialetti. Since then, this stovetop espresso maker has always been a must-have kitchen device in many Italian homes. Affordable to buy and simple to use, it has fulfilled many Italians' dream of "in casa un espresso come al bar" or "an espresso in the home just like one in the bar."

Each moka pot is designed for a set number of servings, therefore the size of your moka pot will determine how much coffee and water you need to use. Fill the lower section with cold water up to the safety valve. Then fill the filter with finely ground coffee up to the brim. Screw the top section onto the base and heat it on a stovetop. Once it reaches the boiling point, the steam pressure will force the brewed espresso to rise up through the center nozzle and trickle down into the upper chamber. Watch the following video for more details.

Flavored Stovetop Espresso and the Odd Couple

"You put too much water in it," says Gertrude in her German accent.

"Did I? I don't think so," Salvatore replies, placing his moka pot on a hot burner. How dare she say that to him? Telling an Italian how to use a moka pot is like teaching a Chinese how to eat with chopsticks. "Now I'm going to make the clove syrup," he says.

Gertrude gives him a sly smile. "I've got an idea. How about I make my lemon syrup; you make your clove syrup or whatever, then we put both in our espresso. Okay?" She starts heating some water and sugar in a saucepan. With the tips of her fingers, she daintily sprinkles a pinch of lemon zest on it.

"Uh...Okay," Salvatore finally brings himself to answer. Originally, they were going to make their espresso in their own style. She was supposed to season only her coffee with the lemon syrup, and he was going to use the clove syrup to spice his. He hates it when people mess up his coffee the way those inept baristas at Moonpucks always do. But this time, he will put up with it. He really wants Gertrude to become his girlfriend. He will have his coffee with the damn lemon syrup. Without further ado, he begins boiling some water and sugar in another saucepan.

After just about three minutes, Gertrude removes her boiled syrup from the stove, then strains and spices it with a spoonful of fresh lemon juice. She turns to Salvatore and teases him, "What's taking you so long, Sal? Hurry up. Look, the espresso is also ready."

"Yeah, I can see that," he replies. His voice comes out a bit curt. As the water starts to boil, he drops some cloves and a vanilla bean into the saucepan, then lets it boil for another two minutes or so. He tries to remind himself of all the nice things about Gertrude, as he strains his syrup into a small cup. She is smart, kind, pretty and usually doesn't interfere with his ways of doing things. She's the one; he still believes so.

Gertrude pours the espresso into two cups, and Salvatore adds the syrups to each of them. "Now, let's put some panna on it," he says.

She giggles. "What the heck is that? I think it needs some schlag."

Schlag? That doesn't sound like something he would put in his espresso. He doesn't know what it is, and it surely doesn't sound appetizing. "No, no, no, panna is better," he adamantly argues.

"No, believe me schlag is good," she says, trying to think of the English word for it.

"I'm going to put panna on mine." He grabs his cup of espresso.

"No, wait!" She snatches the cup from him.

That's it for Salvatore. He might let her tamper his espresso with her stupid lemon syrup, but no one can tell him he can't have his panna. He loves this extra ingredient dearly and can't date someone who doesn't share the same admiration for it. She's not the one after all. "Gertrude, you know maybe you should just leave."

"What? You're serious? I'm sorry," she says. "Go ahead and have your coffee with your penno."

"It's called panna!" Salvatore yells. "Just leave, okay?"

As Gertrude steps out, Salvatore's roommate, Pierra, walks into the apartment. "Is everything okay?" he asks. "She seems upset."

"Nothing," says Salvatore. "You just went to see your Aunt Suzette, didn't you? How is she?"

"She's fine. She was savoring her cafe au lait. We had a little chat. That's all." Pierre sips the flavored espresso from Gertrude's cup. "Ahh bon! Great espresso. But seriously, what's the matter with you and Gertrude?"

"The stupid girl didn't want panna with her espresso. She wanted schlag."

Pierre laughs, shaking his head. "Idiot!" he says. "What's wrong with you? Schlag and panna are the same thing. What's the English word for it? Oh yeah, whipped cream!"

How to Make a Stovetop Espresso Using a Moka Pot

Kahlua Frappe Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps. ground coffee (preferably medium grind)
  • 1 cup water

(Brew coffee in a coffee maker or a French press, and let it cool before mixing it with the following ingredients in a blender.)

  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup crushed ice
  • 1 tbsp. kahlua

Kahlua Frappe and the Unsung Writer

Drip, drip, drip - Lulu listens to the sound of her old coffee maker. The smell of freshly brewed coffee slowly pervades the whole room. She prolongs her inhalation, trying to suck in every smidgen of the coffee aroma in the air. Her article is about to be done, and her kahlua frappe is soon to be enjoyed. She removes the carafe from the machine and waits for the coffee to cool.

An unsung writer's life is pretty much like coffee; it is bitter. Some writers may leave it that way, but some others would rather use their creativity to sweeten and spice it up a bit. As for Lulu, she chooses to transform her plain bitter coffee into a kahlua frappe. "Why kahlua? Isn't a coffee frappe good enough?" you might ask. Well, it's more exciting to be slightly risque. Sometimes writers have to take risks and embark on an unconventional route. If such unusual path ends up leading her to nowhere, at least she can have fun with the wild ride. She might not be one of the best writers on the planet, but she loves writing as much as those top-notch writers do.

Her coffee has finally cooled down. Lulu pours it into the blender, then adds a tablespoonful of kahlua, some vanilla ice cream, condensed milk and a bit of crushed ice to it. Watching the ingredients twist and twirl in the blender, she feels vaguely contented; her mind whistles a jovial tune. Once it turns out all smooth, she transfers her kahlua frappe to a tall sleek glass and sips it with a straw. Hmmmm, much better than Moonpucks coffee. Her boyfriend won't be able to convince her to visit that coffee shop ever again. She will go back to her writing now. Only one more paragraph to complete in this article, but a lot more writing to do in the future to come.

What's Your Favorite Coffee Drink?

  • Normal Black Coffee
  • Cafe Au Lait
  • Cappuccino
  • Coffee Frappe
  • Coffee Milkshake
  • Espresso
  • Latte
  • Mocha
  • Vodka Espresso
  • None of The Above
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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

O.k. 'dang it' you have already won! :) But in my opinion this is definitely a winner. I want you to teach me how to do the different little 'coffee' divider lines after the contest. I prefer green or black teas, however, do like a cup of coffee every now and then. Awesome hub with some great drinks! :)


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anglnwu 6 years ago

I'm with Money too. You've so cleverly weaved stories into this coffee hub, it's such a delight to read. I'm stepping aside too, this hub smells like a winner and now, I need some strong coffee to fight my premonition of another sorry attempt on my part. Lovely!


Kelvin 6 years ago

Excelent blog! I can tell that you have put a lot of time and effort into it, and just wanted to say that it has been a fun read! Please visit my website at individualcoffeemaker.com for exclusive detailed reviews of different indivudal coffee maker products. I hope that you find one that meets your expectations!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

@MG - I got the coffee pic from a free clip-art site, then used Adobe Photoshop to make my page divider. Very easy. If you don't have Adobe Photoshop, just send me the pic you want to use, and I'll make a lovely page divider for you. :)

@anglnwu - Don't say I'm winning! You might be jinxing me! hehehe.....Well, I don't know. There're many interesting and well-written recipe hubs in this contest (including yours!). Mine is just more quirky. That's all. :)

@Kelvin - Thanks a lot for dropping by. Glad you enjoyed it. I'll check out your site soon! :)


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Awesome - coffee is one of my weaknesses and love all the flavors/ways to make it.


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Thanks, akirchner! I'm very finicky about my coffee, but a close friend of mine is just like you. She enjoys coffee in every way and flavor. :)


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I love coffee and love this hub, it's a winner indeed :)


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

@HubPagesHottest - Thanks a lot. I certainly will follow your tweets!

@Katie - Thank you. Glad you liked it. Now go have a good cup of coffee! hehe :)


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

Coffee is my addiction, and I am keeping it! Unlike smoking at least it is not stinky!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

LOL yeah totally agree! Not stinky at all. :)


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Jarrod1240 6 years ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this article. The smell of coffee calms my soul and gives me an incredible sense of peace. It is interesting to realize how much a certain smell can influence our mood and present certain images in our minds. For example, the reason I believe coffee has such an appealing affect on me is that it reminds me of a simpler time and makes me think of my grandpa who always is drinking a cup of coffee.


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Thanks a lot, Jarrod. The smell of coffee has a calming effect on me as well. I think sometimes it also helps me focus on what I'm doing. Kind of strange, huh? :)


readabook 6 years ago

The kahlua frappe sounds so good. Also, I never knew how to make cafe au lait using real chicory. I will look for chicory and try that.


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Yeah, the kahlua frappe is my favorite. It is good! It shouldn't be too hard to find ground chicory. I bet you can find it on Amazon. Thanks for dropping by. :)


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Reading your hubs is a delight. Your great sense of humor shines through each segment and your choice of descriptive words makes me laugh. Moonpucks won't get much of my business either! Haha!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Yeah, booooooo Moonpucks! hehehe...I appreciate your visit and kind comment, Peggy. :)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great coffee hub - though I have to draw the line at decaf - some things are just not right :) I love a good espresso to get the day going - coffee art was very cool.


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Thanks for dropping by, billy. I just had a good cup of flavored expresso.(decaf!!! hehehe)


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Great hub. I really love it!...I am a coffee lover too!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I like coffee, and if I had more money I would always buy the 100% Kona variety. I hear there are some really great coffee houses there that serve Kona coffee and I would like to go just for that reason.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago Author

There's one Kona Coffee Cafe in Sacramento. Well, it's actually in Rocklin, but close enough to Sac. I've been there once. Very good coffee indeed!


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eventsyoudesign 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Great article. I am glad that I found you. I love coffee too and would not touch decafe, in fact the word is not really in my vocabulary. Enjoyed your stories, videos and humor. Thanks for sharing. I will read more.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago Author

Thank you. Glad you're going to read more of my hubs!!! :D


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Om, I love your hub. I am a coffee drinker from way back. Sadly, I too need to go with the decaf. Rated up, useful and bookmarked. I have to try your recipes.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago Author

Thanks, KoffeeKlatch. Yeah, I can tell you're a coffee drinker from your username! hehehe :)


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

This hub ... lol! Superb!

I've been a coffee fan since I was in my late teens, and I love it dearly in nearly any fashion I can get it!

The story-weaving around the coffees made for an excellent blend of a read. Very impressive!

And, on a final note all of the photos made for great inclusions, but my favorite is the one of the black and white espresso cups on the matching saucers. I also smiled when I saw what looks like my very own, and MUCH coveted, coffee press amongst the pictures. I accidentally shattered my first one, and at the time, coffee presses weren't an easy find in my area. I had to drive north of Dallas (an hour and a half trip from home) to shop for one in the Ikea store (which is about the size of a football field, or larger) to replace mine. It was worth the effort!


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago Author

Hello, femmeflashpoint. I'm glad you enjoyed these stories and coffee recipes. I totally understand why you drove several miles from home just to get a new coffee press. I, too, love making my coffee in a press pot. Although I also have a drip coffee maker, I hardly use it.


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Eloisewrites 5 years ago

I love your writing style. I have just started with HubPages---I will read your hubs to learn! You are very talented.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago Author

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Eloisewrites. :)


Zahra 4 years ago

That's a wonderfully unique way of writing up the recipe methods! And also how they were sorta inter-related too. Loved them! The recipes sound delish too. I'm definitely going to try some of these, specially with winters coming up! :) I just love coffee >------this------< much


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago Author

Thanks so much for your kind comment, Zahra. :)


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kartika damon 4 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

Delightful! I love my java both caf and decaf - sometimes I go for the decaf when I get too crazy! I enjoy your writing style, too!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago Author

Thanks for the kind words, Kartika. Glad you stopped by :)


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

This is by far the most interesting hub about coffee I have ever read. I enjoyed the way you weaved a story into the history and recipes. The videos were extra special. I especially like the video with the coffee art. Sometimes, when they bring my coffee out looking pretty like that I can hardly bring myself to drink it. I feel like I'm distroying art work. Excellent hub.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago Author

@MarleneB - Haha Yeah, I'm like that, too. Sometimes I would let the drinkable art work sit in the cup until it gets almost cold, then finally drink it. So silly lol


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, this was a very entertaining read! I love how your stories related with the recipes included. We use a stove-top espresso maker but I've never tried flavored syrups. Your coffee divider is adorable, too. Voted up!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago Author

@vespawoolf - Thanks so much for your kind words, vespawoolf. I had a lot of fun writing this hub and am very glad you enjoyed reading it. :)


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

What a lovely hub, Om. I particularly love the last video on coffee art.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@Sweetiepie - Thanks a lot :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This was a love affair with coffee :) very well done! Clever and unique with marvelous pictures.

Thank you for sharing your gift - I loved it.

Voting up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing.


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Fiddleman 3 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

As a die hard coffee addict, I am not very much into the flavored or coffee shop scene although I do occasionally stop in at the Starbucks. Great article and a fun read!


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@Vocalcoach - Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback, vocalcoach. So glad you enjoyed reading this.

@Fiddleman - Thank you! A close friend of mine who also considers himself a die-hard coffee drinker is pretty much like you. He doesn't care much for flavored coffee, either. He enjoys coffee in its original taste. I find that to be pretty interesting.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I'm not sure why I chose to read this hub since I'm not a coffee drinker at all. I guess the title was tempting. I do love a milkshake at one of our local fast food places called Arby's -- jamocha shake. I think your recipe for the mocha shake sounds a lot like the jamocha shake and I'm going to try it. It would be so nice to make them here at home and so much less expensive. I haven't had one in months because my budget is tight right now.

Anyway, enjoyed reading, happy to find the recipe for the mocha shake, and I found the coffee art very interesting too. I think all coffee lovers should read this hub because they're all but certain to find things they will love.

Voted up, useful, and will share with my followers.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@Au Fait - I'm glad you found something you like. I've never had Arby's jamocha shake but now am a little curious to try it. Thanks a lot for your comment and votes. Glad you stopped by :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Just wanted to let you know that I tried your recipe for a mocha shake and while it wasn't exactly like the jamocha shake I love from Arby's, it was very good and I'll be making it again and again, tweaking it until I think it will be just like theirs. Glad I read this hub and got your idea because I get to enjoy it much more often now.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@Au lait - Great! So glad to hear you enjoyed it. :)


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Om,

I just read this a second time and enjoyed your stories just as much again. What creativity! This time in addition to up votes, will share.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@Peggy W - Thanks a heap, Peggy!


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Up all the way across on this very creative Hub. I have not seen another which combines such interesting recipes with great stories. My favorite story was the Flavored Espresso and Odd Couple, I think, but Unsung Writer is great too.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@xstatic - Thanks a heap for your kind words. Your comment really made me smile :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I enjoyed your hub. Loved the stories and the recipes. I learnd to love coffee because the young women in our building would have coffee clutches. I had to drink the coffee I didn't want to be rude. Do they have coffee clutches anymore? I drink decaf coffee now. Voted up.


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organized living 3 years ago from Magnolia, AR

Combining these stories with the recipes is such a neat idea. I'm always erying to meals from fiction. With you ir all there on a plate. You evoke a satisfy the craving with one stroke. Brilliant!


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@moonlake - Yeah, coffee and socializing usually go together nicely. Thanks for sharing your fond memory. I drink decaf, too!

@organized living - Thanks a lot!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a nice hub! Great recipes. The coffee art was really unique and interesting. I drink the half caffeine coffee. Voted up, pinned and shared.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@rebeccamealey - I'm glad you enjoyed the stories and these coffee drink recipes, Rebecca. Thanks so much for your comment, vote and pin!


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

You absolutely write the best hubs - and I am so glad you mentioned your love of the aroma. This too has been proven to be beneficial to our health as you already know.

Thanks a million for the recipes. I enjoy my a.m. cup of therapeutic black coffee but when I have company I love to have fun. There is so much to do with coffee. And I love the French Press. Sometimes I just add a little coconut milk - so good!

I am so glad I am a long follower of yours - you keep me up to date on so much! Yay!


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@BkCreative - Coconut milk in coffee? Sounds good! I'll have try that sometime. Thanks for reading and commenting. So glad you stopped by :)


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CarNoobz 3 years ago from USA

That mocha milkshake sounds so good. voted up =)


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@CarNoobz - Thanks a lot for your comment and vote! I actually just made some mocha milkshake yesterday!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

You had me at coffee. I love coffee! The recipes were great, and the stories made them seem sweeter. They're very enjoyable.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@Kathryn Stratford - Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the read :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

An awesome hub written by an awesome writer!

Enjoyed it so much! Thanks and sharing.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@vocalcoach - So glad you enjoyed the stories. Hope you try some of the recipes sometime!


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cammyshawn 3 years ago

Yum! I will HAVE to try some of these! Thanks for posting!


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@cammyshawn - You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)


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Kristen Howe 17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

This was another great hub of yours, Om. Voted up for useful!

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