Coffee. How many agree with me that this is a synonym for elixir? I am sure at least a few would. to There are probably millions out there for who the day does not start with out their first cup of coffee. I used to be one of them. I was a coffeeholic. It took me a while to cut down my coffee consumption to what it is today which is 1 cup. And the cup I enjoy the most is not a capuccino, not any of the flavors available at work, not a cup of Java freshly brewed in starbucks, but steaming cup of frothy filter coffee. Coffee brings back so many memories. Back in India, mummy wakes up and the first thing she does is make the decoction for coffee. By the time we finished brushing, decoction is ready. She would make 2 cups one for her and one for me and we would sit in the balcony and talk about all the things. I would tell her about what happened in school/college, who fought with who, who is going steady with who and she would tell me about what's happening with her work. And some days we would just sit there and imagine what it would be like, a few years from that day. This routine never changed as long as I was home. This used to be the most relaxing time of the whole daya for both of us. Just sit there, sipping freshly made filter coffee,share, imagine and dream. This was one thing i TERRIBLY miss after coming to US. And I know she misses it too. This post is for you ma. Most of you would know what's in the picture. For people who dont, this is a coffee filter. Are you guys thinking how is coffee made in this thing?? Can you make it out that there are 2 parts to the filter? Ground coffee is spooned into the the top part which is perforated and the plunger is put and then boiling hot water is poured into it. In few minutes the brew collects in the bottom part. Milk and sugar are added to this brew and heated on stove top. It tossed a couple of time and then divinely aromatic, frothy filter coffee is ready. Its best had a steel glass. Not that it is going to taste any different in a cup, but somehow drinking it a steel glass just makes it taste better. Here is another picture of the filter.