“Any cakes, biscuits, muffins or pastries to go with your latte madam?”
“Pardon? Oh uh not sure, no I won’t thank you.”
That’s my usual response to the deluge of choice offered to me at 8 o’clock in the morning as grab my morning pick up.
The problem is I look at them and there is not one biscuit that looks like or even reminds me of a biscuit. The Italian ones are thin, break to easily and have no dunking capability whatsoever. They do not even do justice to the coffee, why is that? Why have we become reliant on these thin excuses for a biscuit to give us that sugary taste to take away the bitterness of the coffee, surely coffee is about caffeine and bitterness?
As I sit here writing, the biscuits are kept in glass jars, the shortbreads are wrapped and the biscotti are calling out trying to tempt me with the dream that I am in Italy outside a small cafe looking sultry and sexy whilst eating and sipping my espresso. Whilst in reality I am spilling crumbs down my top and eating the lip gloss that has transfered itself to my biscuit.
When I was at University I gained much pleasure from dunking two Rich Tea biscuits into my coffee. The joy and satisfaction when exact perfect dunking time was achieved and the warmth and softness of the biscuits reaching my lips. My boyfriend at the time just used to stare and shake his head in amusement, or was it bewilderment I never worked it out.
I hope one day that these Italian biscuits, which are inferior in every way, will be replaced by a plate of Rich Tea, so that when I am asked the predictable question in the coffee shop, I will be able to say “Two Rich Tea please I want to dunk them into my latte!