Author: Dominic

Coffee: A Journey

Dom’s three-part treatise on coffee is the latest post in our Stories From The Table section – a place where we explore memories, cultural vignettes, and anthropological musings on eating and drinking.  I’ve not been a coffee drinker for very long, but I have had a respect for (and possibly a little fear of) it for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I revered coffee as one of those mysterious “adult flavours” (read as bitter). A taste for it indicated the presence of a developed palate. So when the time came for me to leave home for university, I felt somewhat incomplete. I’d developed a fondness for all the things that, as a child, I’d watched adults devour, and had been anxiously waiting to be able to enjoy myself; the salty bitterness of olives, the sharp tang of feta cheese, the peculiar texture of a cooked mushroom, and even whisky (my first experience of whisky having been a capful of Bell’s in a cup of milky tea, offered to me by my grandfather, Read More