The first cappuccino of the year

Book coverThere is nothing quite like the first cappuccino of the year. It holds in its bowl all the memories of  coffees past, the enjoyment of the present cup and the promise of all the good caffeine still to come. In that spirit, I believe I can face whatever twentytwelve throws at me.

I love my coffees in cafés. I like to savour my brew surrounded by the soothing murmur of conversation. I’ve watched the awkwardness of first time internet daters as they plot their way over the minefield of  their disparate lives; I’ve overheard job interviews go catastrophically wrong; and, to my horror, I now know that there is at least one man in Christchurch who showers with his socks on.

My fingers immediately itched to blog.

And in twentytwelve I hope to blog in a café – on the iPad that Father Christmas omitted to bring. In fact, I love cafés so much, I fantasize about owning one of my own some day. It will be book-lined and with free WiFi. I will name it “Café Paisley”. People will come for the decor alone. My customers will sit in comfy chairs, sip delicious coffees and nibble on tasty morsels. And as it’s my fantasy, therell be no decaf at Paisley and… There Will Be No Muffins.

I am certainly not the first person to link coffee, cafés and writing, take J.K. Rowling for starters – and the library has several items in the catalogue that feature coffee and coffee shops in the titles, such as:

Let’s raise our lattes to twentytwelve and resolve to indulge in at least one fantasy each. Happy New Year!

21 thoughts on “The first cappuccino of the year

  1. Roy 4 January 2012 / 5:07 pm

    I would drink in your cafe. I would linger and leaf through books, while my kids make use of the wifi.

    • robertafsmith 4 January 2012 / 8:25 pm

      Yes – I am not alone in the Universe!

  2. cloudy5 4 January 2012 / 8:14 pm

    we must be related!

    • robertafsmith 4 January 2012 / 8:24 pm

      Are you related to Roy or to me? Or to both? What a happy family we will be!

  3. Anne Schauffer 4 January 2012 / 8:21 pm

    I’d love to be a regular at a corner coffee shop such as your one Roberta, one which felt like home, but didn’t look remotely like it. It would be beautiful, comfortable, but not precious, and I’d never ever feel like I was taking up valuable commercial space when I’d finished my perfect cappuccino sans muffin. There’s something so comforting about a book-lined room, and I’m sure I will always feel cocooned in that environment long after we’ve stopped producing books, and we’re all on our Ipads and Kindles and whatever else they’re dreaming up as we speak. Now, what will you call it?

    • robertafsmith 4 January 2012 / 8:23 pm

      It is called Cafe Paisley (that is what appeals at the moment. Do you have any better ideas?

  4. ValerieL 4 January 2012 / 9:00 pm

    Hi Roberta
    I would love a muffinless cappuccino at The Paisley…
    But, have you heard the rumours of what hasppens when Valerie drinks real coffee without a muffin?

    • robertafsmith 4 January 2012 / 9:28 pm

      No I have not – you will need to tell me!

  5. Ingrid 4 January 2012 / 9:23 pm

    I vote that there are at least some tarts … I mean Portugese tarts … I mean the baked custard kind 🙂 Wish I could join you for a cuppa today!

    • robertafsmith 5 January 2012 / 7:08 pm

      There will be Portuguese tarts – for sure!

  6. Sheila Starke 5 January 2012 / 1:30 am

    I would love to drop in at Cafe Paisley for a cappuccino and a tasty morsel; to see you and add to my little book of must reads for Book Club

    • robertafsmith 5 January 2012 / 7:09 pm

      I’ve even considered holding book club in a cafe (like Paisley)!

  7. Allison 5 January 2012 / 9:19 pm

    Roberta, I see a gap in the market for a chain of cafes, exactly as you describe. Having opened your first cafe in Christchurch, you will expand to SA and then, and I promise you’ll be a hit, to Paris. Because here’s the thing: perfect as Paris is (in my eyes, anyway) what it lacks is your kinda cafe. And this is odd because cafes are what you associate with Paris, right? Sitting on the pavement watching the world go by. And it’s true, you can sit there on a spindly chair with rattan seat at a sideplate-sized table for as long as you like, commercial considerations don’t come into it. Only problem is the Parisians can’t make cappuccino. Expresso, sure thing. And so it was that in the city of cafes I nearly bought myself a Nespresso machine.
    But I did see a cafe with a name I loved: Amnesia Cafe!

    • robertafsmith 8 January 2012 / 8:03 am

      No cappuccino’s in Paris! Still, I bet there are no ugly great muffins like half loaves of bread either!

  8. absolutelyobvious 6 January 2012 / 9:23 am

    I shared your blog via Facebook and immediately got a comment back from my sister who wrote “suddenly have irrestible urge to get myself to a coffee shop!”. My sister is in the UK, so I definitely think your chain of patterned cafes could expand there.

  9. Diane 6 January 2012 / 5:48 pm

    Oh, I do hope you make your book-lined, muffin and decaf-free wi-fi cafe happen. I would adore a cafe like that. Here or anywhere else on the shaking or non shaking earth. I still remember the first time I went to the cafe in the Upper Riccarton Library (sadly and stupidly closed I might add), and said to the owner, “What a good idea to put a cafe in the library.” He smiled and said, “No, it was a good idea to put the library in the cafe.” I’m sure this was/is a Japanese Zen koan. Happy New Year, and as Rilke noted, “And now let us welcome the New Year full of things that have been.” Like your cafe.

    • robertafsmith 6 January 2012 / 8:35 pm

      I haven’t laughed or smiled all week – not really, but that quote did it for me!

      • Diane 7 January 2012 / 4:28 pm

        Glad it made you laugh. It still makes me smile, four years later.

  10. Diane 6 January 2012 / 8:42 pm

    Correction to the Rilke quote I left, it should read, “And now let us welcome the New Year full of things that have NEVER been” e.g. earthquakes, we could do w/o anymore of those.

  11. clurbee 7 January 2012 / 11:49 am

    Like Valerie I am currently a caffeine free zone and I’m not sure what you have against muffins (ask the Shirleyites about my use of the staff kitchen) but other than that I would love to come visit your cafe!

    • robertafsmith 8 January 2012 / 8:00 am

      Don’t get me started on muffins! But, you are such a good baker, I will let you come and bake muffins at my cafe on certain special days!

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