There is something special about a cup and saucer combination that remains oddly unequaled. Hot beverages seem to taste better sipped from a warm glass or ceramic cup which had just been nestled on a small plate. Drinking from a mug or one of those King Arthur-sized cappuccino bowls just is not the same. Besides, what would an early morning routine be without a standard cup of coffee? No middle ground exists on this one.
Pleasing To the Eye and Ear
Fascinating and charming could describe the pairing of even the simplest cup and saucer. Hearing that distinctive clack, as a coffee cup returns to its base, typically provides a uniquely warm and satisfying feeling. Being part of the recurring java ritual, that sharp little tone proves to be a deliciously warm and friendly cue. Oddly enough, separately, an ordinary cup and saucer hold no particular power of their own. Yet, the bond between the two is undeniable. A stranded five or six ounce cup usually looks lonely and naked without the proper dishware underneath. But when reunited, that special charm always returns.
At home, my daily cup and saucer rotation includes several green jadite depression glass originals; pieces from white and gold trimmed NIKKO® fine china; English Spode featuring a brown Fleur-de-lis motif; and too many others to mention. I prefer to think of myself and others like me, if there is anyone else, as cup and saucer aficionados. While mugs are bulky, Styrofoam too synthetic and on-the-go cardboard just plain flimsy and nasty tasting, a sturdy cup and saucer can make all the difference between a good hot beverage and a great one.
Footed, non-footed, shallow plate versus deep, a cup and saucer is an early morning necessity which completes the breakfast meal with cosmic magnitude, possibly bordering on the superstitious. The same holds true at dinner. That itself could be another story. But in the meanwhile, make sure to drink your coffee, tea or hot chocolate from a cup and saucer. The taste will surprise you.