Making a cup of coffee!

When I was a girl, we rarely went away for an overnight stay as funds often meant for holidays we used caravans which were much cheaper. As we toured around you could see guest houses vying for business by advertising fasciitis such as tea and coffe in the rooms.

Nowadays, it is expected and I suspect that the lack of tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits would produce a black mark on a Trip Advisor review. As you know we were in Edinburgh last week and stayed at the Murryfield Hotel and House. We were on the ‘house’ bit which was advertised as a Boutique Hotel. It was quite amazing and I will share more of it in later posts.

However, I start with making a cup of coffee! The packets were in a large Kilner Jar (very in nowadays). There was a choice of ordinary and decaff but these were not small packets containing a spoonful of grains. The instructions on the large packet explained that you had to first knock the grains down. You then had to tear the card strip to reveal the wings. Well, we were lost at this point. We knocked the packets against the table but could not see where to start tearing.

Looking closer at the pictures, we realised that we had to open the large packet to reveal the smaller packet with said grains. We followed the instructions as if our lives depended on it!

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The cups were quite delicate and did not have a large space to balance the net of the bag. We gradually poured more water in as it drained into a liquid coffee. Then came the tricky bit! We had to remove the wet, dripping bag into the waste bin which was not your normal plastic receptacle but a mini dust bin complete with lid!

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Next came the search for the milk. As you have guessed, it did not come in the form of those tiny plastic cartons but in a bottle (Kilner again) from the fully equipped fridge.

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After about 15 minutes, we were able to enjoy our coffee, together with a caramel chocolate bar sitting in one of the many chairs / settees staring at a large mirror (more of that later!).

We were pleased with our efforts but were quite exhausted and guess what … The coffee was cold!

Now, apply this sort of a story to having a cup of tea!!!

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