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Waking up to simplicity


Waking up to simplicity

Sami Muirhead is drinking in small pleasures as she rediscovers the charms of an old coffee favourite and takes her time enjoying her morning cuppa.

When it comes to my daily ritual, I have gone rogue and returned to basics. And I could not be happier.

My friend gifted me a tin of Bushells instant coffee. It is the brown tin of coffee you find on the very bottom shelf, hidden out of the way at supermarkets because it is probably considered very daggy. Let me tell you, people, I am loving the old tin treat at dawn daily. I feel quite smug not ordering a double-shot latte at a café.

About 35 years ago, I started a job at a fancy coffee shop. I learnt how to whisper to the expensive barista machine and whip up all sorts of extraordinary orders, including one for a customer who came in at the same time every single day and ordered a large soy milk cappuccino, with an extra shot, extra chocolate on top, extra hot and extra froth to the side. Extra embarrassing in my opinion. Depresso not expresso.

But I became a coffee snob and have stayed that way for three-and-a-half decades. Every day, I’d splurge and buy my latte at my local café because I was a coffee wannabe social climber. Locking down a cup of Joe ruled my life with my insatiable craving needing to be filled first thing every morning. That meant putting on a bra and a smile, getting in the car and ordering my hit of coffee. And half the time, to be honest, I drank that takeaway coffee as if it was a shot to be downed at a bar in a rush.

But not now. Bushells is my new bestie. I am saving time and money by slowly sipping my beans at home. It feels good to come back to my roots because I drank instant coffee for a long time when it was just Mum and I living together.

Such a small thing is a big thing in life for me. Next thing you know, I will be back to the Eighties, eating Viennetta ice cream for desert while watching Miami Vice.


Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.

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