Monday, March 4, 2013

full cup


Two arrivals over the weekend ensured that my mornings now begin with excitement and a bit more of my favorite word (hope). I am a coffee lover. I like it strong and dark. I have had times in my life when I've gone without, but for the most part- it's a daily pleasure. I learned how to make a cappuccino before I even knew how to brew coffee. I worked at a cafe during college and made espresso on a big vintage machine something like this one. I was a barista long before that term became popular in the US. It's been a while, but this weekend I felt like I donned my old espresso making cap.

 My mother had just gotten a Bialetti at a garage sale (of course!), and couldn't stop going on about it. I decided to order one for myself in time for the weekend. And because magic and a bit of serendipity go hand in hand, I received a mysterious surprise on my doorstep- simultaneously! A box from Melissa arrived, as well. Melissa is one of my favorite potters, a dear friend and one of my first flickr buddies from way back. In that box was this note, wrapped around none other than what has become my new espresso cup! And yes, "a tangible reminder." Sigh.
Did she know?! Of course not, but that's how my days spin around here. It couldn't have been planned any better, and the fact that it wasn't at all makes me even more certain that life will never stop having potential for wonder! And that Bialetti? So, so good!!

As you can see, the quote is from my favorite Emily Dickinson poem that is the foundation of my other blog Honoring Hope. Melissa- you couldn't be more sensitive and generous... and this beautiful vessel  couldn't be more loved! Thank you. If you are in need of your own hope cup, you're in luck- I spy more in her shop right here

And today's new HH post, "river flowing", was appropriately written while sipping from it. You can read it here

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13 comments:

  1. Ah HA! I found our connection ... a fellow barista here and lover of true Italian coffee! It's all in the tamp, right? :) Of course I've been pondering whether to indulge in my own Bialetti ... hmm ...

    Such a perfect cup for you ... as you hold it between the palms of both hands may its warmth remind you how warmly you are loved by all. Now, this girl needs HER coffee! xoxo

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    1. thanks sweet, Lis. Yes- all about the TAMP. But not with this little pot- no tamping required.

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  2. Oh what a great Monday morning story! I love it when the world works in this way! I'm a cocoa drinker myself but I do so love the feeling of wrapping my hands around a warm mug! Your potter friend works miracles with clay!
    xoxo
    ~ joey ~

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  3. Exactly my kind of morning coffee, with the same coffee maker. . . Love the mug and I am hopping over to check Melissa's shop. A perfect start of the day.

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  4. I love the mug and enjoy your coffee, after 3pm I wouldn't drink strong coffee because you might not get any sleep. Sometimes it is the caffeine and sometimes not that keep me up.

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  5. What a dear friend! Connected by the heart is the best kind! Her pretty cup gift is delightful! How lucky you are!

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  6. Oh, this brought back memories of my vacation in Portugal a few years ago when I learned to make coffee in one of these ! I absolutely loved it and can't believe I came home without buying one - may have to rethink that now. Thank you for sharing, Maya. Lovely mug from your friend.

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    1. If it could bring back such lovely memories and serve you a delicious cup, what a fun way to drink coffee.

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  7. You are blessed with wonderful & thoughtful friend. But like a verse in the bible says: you harvest what you plant- and you sweet Maya, plant goodness & kindness everywhere and in turn you get the same. Enjoy your lovely mug...I'm on my way to order one.

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  8. Mmm nothing is better than a cappuccino...I worked as a barista in Italy for a while and I absolutely loved it! When I found a Bialetti at a thrift shop when I got back to the states I was so giddy! It makes my mornings!

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  9. Hey Maya. I loved reading your blog. I am coffee addict and in fact I'm having a cup of coffee while typing this comment. :) LOL. PS- Loved the coffee mug.

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