What ‘A Cup Of Coffee’ Means

“I can’t remember the last time you invited me for a cup of coffee”, says Don Vito Corleone, in the multi-awarded mafia-themed classic The Godfather I, to a man who appears to be a total stranger, but asked of him a huge favor involving a crime.

That line discreetly tells us what ‘a cup of coffee’ actually means — how those simple, gradual sips of brewed Americano can connect people, build relationships, and leave a lasting aroma of friendship.

A moment over a cup of coffee could mean many different things to different people —  for lovers, friends, business partners, colleagues, and family. It could signify a certain feeling or a purpose, share ideas or close a deal.

Coffee lovers have that constant craving for a cup of brew anytime and anywhere and would do anything to have a ready supply on hand. These coffee-passionate individuals can even engage in a fancy coffee test. They want to know more about how their favorite blend is produced, processed, brewed and delivered to their table, finding deeper meaning in every cup they take, with it being more than just mere coffee.  

The Morning Cup

Early risers who rush to work and need to be in transit before 7 am prefer to take their first dose of caffeine in the morning because it boosts their energy, increases ketone levels and gets them going through the whole day work.

“I wake up some mornings and sit and have my coffee and look out at my beautiful garden, and I go, ‘Remember how good this is because you can lose it.’” — Jim Carrey

The Lovers’ Cup

People normally order a cup of coffee individually, but lovers would sometimes pour some amount of romance in theirs by either ordering two different flavors and exchanging cups later, or just ordering a venti cappuccino and share the same cup.  

“He was my cream, and I was his coffee — and when you poured us together, it was something.” — Josephine Baker

The Friendship Cup
True friends talk and bond anytime, anyhow and anywhere. It doesn’t matter where the rendezvous is, but a cozy ambiance, a soft couch and cups of coffee on a table in a cafe would always come as first preference. While waiting for the barista to finish preparing several cups of caramel macchiato, various topics could come up around the coffee table — life, college, crushes, movies and some Justin Bieber updates on the side.    

“I was taken by the power that savoring a simple cup of coffee can have to connect people and create community.” — Howard Schultz

The Business Partners’ Cup

Business talks can be taken to higher levels from project presentation to approval when done over a cup of espresso or Americano. And the “supposed to be just an hour” coffee meeting can sometimes swiftly, unconsciously, turn into two. That’s the magic a cup of coffee can do.   

“Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Family Cup

If not Saturday movies, dining out and shopping were the usual family weekend activities, but times have changed — cafes now take charge of giving mom, dad and kids happy times together.

“This house runs on love, laughter, and a whole lot of coffee.” — unknown

What does a cup of coffee mean to you?

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