Hurtin’ for some Coffee

Whit here.

Little did I know that bluesman Mississippi John Hurt has been singing my song for years. In “Coffee Blues,” Hurt laments about a woman that could cook him a good cup of Maxwell House coffee. But as the women do in blues music, she moved away. Hurt just wants a “lovin spoonful” and he can’t get it.

Good mornin’, baby, how you do this mornin’?
Well, please, ma’am, just a lovin’ spoon,
just a lovin’ spoonful

I know that his lyrics contain more innuendo than I intend, but I have to admit that my relationship with coffee can be pretty intimate. I am unabashedly a coffeehead.

But I woke up with the coffee blues this morning. I heated up water twice to add to my freeze dried beans only to refuse to take the next step. For the first time in a long time, I went without any form of coffee this morning. I just didn’t want the imitation stuff. I sang the blues all day at work as my caffeine headache gained intensity.

Then after a long day of figuratively pulling the children’s teeth I stumbled home a broken man. But there upon the door hung my solace. My father-in-law (God bless him)Terry sent me about half a pound of finely ground Starbucks French Roast. You could almost smell the grounds from the front door of the apartment.

Thanks to Terry, I finally got “my lovin’ spoonful,” and just in the nick of time.

To top it off, my sister Sallie sent a package with candy corns. I don’t claim to be a lover of candy, but candy corns are a weakness and a passion.

Talk about two people who know how to show they care. Thanks you two.

Well Lindsay and I are off to a mask/dance festival in Andong about five hours from here. We will give you all the details when we get back.



  1. It like you’re back at the Bistro. Crushing up French Roast and calling it Espresso.


  2. Emily says:

    There’s nothing really special about the coffee in my neck of the woods, but I could send you some if you like. 🙂


  3. emily,isn’t juan valdez from colombia?i say bring it on.


  4. amy says:

    hey ya’ll! i will send you some larry’s beans if you’ll give me an address!! ground or not?i’ve really enjoyed your blog – especially the videos. i need someone to show me how to do that so i can post wyatt’s videos. i’m so comuter illiterte.(yes, that was intentional!)seriously, send me an address.amy


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