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How To Bring Back The Lost Art Of ‘Having Coffee’ with 3 Simple Rules~

If you grew up in the 70’s like I did, you may remember when women participated that all important suburban ritual known as ‘having coffee’.

Along with Wonder Bread and ‘The Electric Company’*, this was a consistent part of living in the San Jose neighborhood I grew up in.  Obviously, it was my mother who went ‘visiting’, but I was drug along behind her as she set out to get a daily fix of caffeine and gossip.

These mavens of the past would settle in around small kitchen tables throughout the country, blow on  hot mugs of ‘Taster’s Choice’ or ‘Sanka’ (how did coffee ever survive this dark period in history?), and bond over the business of women.


3 Simple Rules For Bringing Back The Lost Art Of: ‘Having Coffee’

  1. Re-create a ‘vintage’ experience ~ NO cell phones/No internet/ONLY home percolated coffee (no Starbucks!)

  2. Limit time to 1 hour. Nothing kills the fun of ‘at home socializing’ like over staying a welcome.

  3. ALWAYS have a small, sweet treat to share:

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pinwheels

Pie crust (homemade prefereably)

1 Cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 Cup soft butter

1 egg white + 1 tsp water

Roll out crust. Spread butter on top and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mix. Roll up ‘jelly roll’ style. Cut discs approx 3/4 inch thick. Whisk egg white and water. Brush over discs. Bake 420 degrees until golden brown.

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  • Reply
    Sharon Hutchinson
    July 1 at 7:24 am

    What a lovely idea. Especially the bit about leaving out the cell phones-they have caused so much damage to our human relationships, in my opinion. The smell of brewing coffee, some good friends and a little treat (preferably delicate ones like shown above-yum!) were one of those joys that seemed to have vanished. Another vintage practice that needs to be revived.

    • Reply
      July 3 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Sharon! I know, I miss these small ‘niceties’ our society has forgotton! 😉

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