beka stays relational: coffee lessons from my mom
by Beka Watts
I think an extra day deserves an extra gift. Which means it’s time for a good Mom story.
My mom is a hard worker. She works as a bus aide and in the middle school cafeteria. She leaves the house every morning around 6am, goes on her first bus run, and then has a short break before heading to the cafeteria. During that break she likes to have some coffee.
If only it were that simple.
The problem is that she prefers her food and beverages to be hot. And by hot, I mean volcanic. So putting coffee in a travel mug and saving it for her break just isn’t an option because it won’t stay hot enough. I’ve tried to help the situation by giving her super-insulated mugs and mugs that plug into the car lighter to self-heat. Neither of those options complied with her temperature preferences.
So she came up with her own solution instead. And when she started telling the story of how she prepares her coffee every morning I knew I had to write it down because it’s the best thing I’ve heard…basically ever. And then I knew I had to share it with you guys, because I love you that much.
Here’s our coffee conversation, as told by my mom, with select input from my dad and me. Good luck.
Mom: (Said in about 3 seconds) Okay, fill a coffee cup with hot water and put it in the microwave…
Me: Wait wait wait how fast do you think I can type this?
Mom: Oh…(laughs uncontrollably) sorry. I’ll have to send you a picture of –
Dad: Yeah there’s an idea!
Me: Of the mug?
Mom and Dad: Yeah!
Mom: Ok so anyway fill a coffee CUP with hot water and put it in the microwave until it boils, or you know, whatever, comes to a boil. Then I put the boiling water in my coffee MUG and I seal it up. I wrap the bottom part in foil –
Me: Bottom part of what?
Mom: My mug!
Me: Why the bottom?
Mom: SHHHH. And then, before I leave – I figure it’s like 10-15 minutes since I put the boiling water in, whatever – when I leave I pour the coffee from the machine into the CUP and put it in the microwave.
Dad: Now you know why she has to get up at 5am…
Mom: And put it in there –
Me: Wait, in where?
Mom: In the MICROWAVE. Just shy of 2 minutes and 45 seconds, just shy of coming to a boil. Then I empty the hot water from the insulated mug and pour the hot coffee into the mug…put the lid on…hahahaha!…And then I put the foil on.
Me: What happened to the foil on the bottom?
Mom: It’s still there!
Me: So where are you putting the new foil?
Mom: On top! And then I put the plastic bag on top of everything.
Dad: You have to see this…
Mom: And then I put a rubber band over everything (starts to break into another fit of laughter). But it works because you can see the steam inside of the bag once I’m done with my bus run!!!
Dad: Gee, I wonder why…
Mom: And then I put it in the car and I have a big beach towel and then a regular towel and then I wrap it around with all the towels –
Me: Ok wait, towels?
Mom: Well I have the beach towel which I wrap around the “mug” and then, like I said, I have the other towel and I wrap that all around the other towel…it’s like a cocoon around my mug!
But if I DON’T do that…well even if I don’t do the foil! Or the microwave! I mean it’s just not the same. This stays HOT for 2 hours! And sometimes, just as extra, I put a bag on top.
Me: On top of…the towels?
Me: So you leave at what time in the morning?
Mom: No later than 6:15.
Me: And when are you drinking this?
Mom: About 8:45 or 9.
Me: And your coffee stays hot?
Mom: Oh, absolutely, absolutely!
Dad: It wouldn’t dare get cold.
Mom: It’s just as hot as if it’s being served in a restaurant!
Me: How…did this happen? How did you start doing this?
Mom: I don’t know how I started doing it. But I’ll tell you what: it WORKS!
And just in case you thought it was too good to be true, here’s the visual:
And the mastermind behind this whole process: