And was it ever! Since my maiden voyage was a four-day trip for my husband, we had two whole days to sight-see in Nice and nearby Monaco. I wrote about this too-good-to-be-true trip extensively, and if you want to know more about it you can go back in the "Travel" archives and check those posts out. The main reason I brought up that magical trip to the Cote d'Azur is that while we were in Monaco (and I realize that sounds very snooty, saying "While we were in Monaco") sitting at an outdoor table at the Cafe de Paris, right across from the Hotel de Paris and near the famous Monte Carlo Casino, I had the most glorious cup of coffee--that is, cafe au lait--that I'd ever had in my life. Before tasting French coffee, I was sure that I was a dyed-in-the-wool Dunkin' Donuts/Maxwell House Lite person. I was tres, tres naive, mes amis. I am most definitely a cafe au lait fan. Here in the States, I hate the way my coffee tastes with milk in it and always insist on half and half; I don't know why the milk they put in coffee over in France is so delicious, but just trust me, it is.
|Here's how they serve it at the Cafe de Paris in Monaco.|
WRONG! The coffees of the world have come to my very door--thanks to my middle son, who got me a membership in the "Coffee of the Month" Club from Amazing Clubs as a Mother's Day/birthday gift--and today, I'm having a heavenly-tasting brew called "La Pastora" Costa Rica Tarrazu. As the Amazing Clubs brochure touts, Costa Rica has some of the best coffees in Central America. This particular variety is SHB (strictly hard bean) and EP (European preparation), and it is regarded by many coffee aficionados as one of the best coffees in the world.
Maybe it's the fact that it's EP, and I've already determined that I like coffee prepared in Europe--but I must agree: this Costa Rican coffee is fantastic. And served in my exquisite Russian "Catherine the Great" china (which my husband brought home from a trip to Moscow many years ago), I think this cup of coffee would be able to hold its own at any cafe in the world.
|Here's how we serve it at the Cafe de Pearl in the good old U S of A.|
Drink up, coffee achievers! (And if you're getting tired of your pedestrian brews, check out the offerings from Amazing Clubs!)