We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
An Egyptian friend, now thriving in the US, brought me a Turkish coffee kit from Cairo. The little copper pot, two ceramic cups, and a few bags of that powdered Turkish coffee. She blames it on the Ottoman Empire.
Turkish coffee is delicious, strong, and sweet. Once tried, you will never go back. Spain's coffee con leche is wonderful too, and entirely different. So is espresso. The only great thing about American coffee is that you get a lot of it to sip on. Coffee is a multicultural wonder and necessary for mental and physical health.
I've been getting my coffee from the same place for over 35 years now, I think I may be one of their longest customers. Although they have lots to offer, I get the owner's blend, whole bean, fresh roasted on premises. 1/2 Hawaiian Kona, 1/2 Organic Columbia Supremo. Delicious, medium-light roast, extraordinarily smooth and fresh. You know, the darker the roast, the less caffeine; it degrades with temperature and time. I must have my caffeine, or else I am sub-humanoid all day.
I make a regular batch of coffee in an electric drip but I add a dash of salt and one tsp of hot chocolate mix. You can't taste the salt it mellows it but no salt taste. You can taste the chocolate but it is really light and interesting.