OK, not the type you are thinking about but I did get your attention with the title, right? I have seen a few flying saucers. However, the saucers were made of porcelain and made to hold a cup. When they were flying, the flight took place in my Grandma’s kitchen when she was angry. The target was always the wall or door right after my Grandfather walked out. No one was ever in any real danger and the flying saucer was a release of frustration. Grandma Lillie was a character for sure, but also a woman of high ideals. I will share some of her idioms in later blogs and can say after all these years, her remarks are still right on target!
Now on to saucers and not the flying type. Did you ever wonder about why you needed a cup and saucer? Me too. After a bit of research, I found some interesting tidbits on cups and saucers. The use of a saucer seems to be rooted in English custom that called for coffee to be poured from the cup into the saucer. The coffee was actually sipped from the saucer not the cup. As heat was difficult to regulate in earlier times the saucer allowed a bit of cooling prior to drinking the coffee.
After reading this information it made perfect sense to me and Grandma Lillie who was of English descent enters the picture again to illustrate the point. I vividly remember her pouring a scalding hot cup of coffee from her old percolator on the stove and then transferring a bit at a time to the sauce. She gently blew on the coffee in the saucer and then drank it. Whether it was actually any cooler is a mystery to me because I swear the coffee was still bubbling in the saucer!
In Dark Corner, the saucer was also used for “sopping” biscuits. But that is another discussion for a later date. Next up we will begin a couple of blogs on coffee roasts and what makes or breaks the taste. So come back next week and bring your cup of coffee!