I was brought up with the standard British version: instant coffee granules with milk and sugar. Then I started spending a lot of time in France and was shown a better way. Since then it's been fresh only, and black. Years ago I used to, occasionally, put some cream in it if I felt mopey, sorta like comfort eating fatty stuff I guess. But I can't stand it any more. In England one accepts that virtually everyone puts milk in your coffee by force of habit, even when you've told them you have it black. I used to drink it anyway so's to be polite, but I don't any more. Just can't stand it. I say I don't fancy coffee and ask for a cold drink instead. Dammit, even the people who have theirs black put milk in other people's cos they're used to being the anomaly.
My friend Dave sees the advent of putting milk in coffee as a divinely ordained occurrence. Like the whole cosmos was engineered to cause Victorian factory workers who couldn't afford decent china for their cups to have to cool the coffee down to stop their cups from cracking with the addition of milk. He sees it as exactly like the crucifixion of Jesus completing and fulfilling the Old Testament.
By the way Samuel de Mazarin, not only is Cardinal Mazarini one of my favourite historical figures and fictional characters, but also if that's you in the photo, you're way hot. No response necessary!
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