Amuse Bouche

In the kitchen, she began to prepare coffee the local way. First, she roasted the green coffee beans in a frying pan on the stove…..
Aatifa placed the roasted coffee beans in a bowl. Then she knelt on the floor and furiously ground them down with a thick wooden stick until they had become as fine a powder as she could manage. …. Then she poured the ground coffee into a long-necked clay pot, filled it with water and sat it on the stove to boil. She expected the Italian would come down soon, once the aroma reached his room.


from The Good Italian by Stephen Burke.

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