Free cup of positivity with rose lattes at Sams Cafe in Lowestoft

Emma Ratzer, chief executive of Access Community Trust. Picture: Courtesy of Emma Ratzer.

Emma Ratzer, chief executive of Access Community Trust. Picture: Courtesy of Emma Ratzer. - Credit: Archant

A rose latte? Yes, it exists and it looks beautiful! It's actually not made of coffee, as the name latte suggests, it's actually a combination of Ceylon and Assam tea made with milk and rose syrup – a scattering of fresh rose petals across the top is optional.

Sams Coffee House in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Sams Coffee House in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

There are a variety of studies that show flowers make a positive impact on our mental wellbeing and happiness levels, and we all know how special we feel when someone gives us roses. So, I am working on the basis that a rose latte will help to keep us happy and well. At a time of uncertainty and instability I would like to offer you a free cup of positivity – rose lattes currently being made at Sams Café - come and get one!

Now, I have to be honest here, I haven't actually tried one of these beautiful looking drinks, but I am willing to bet that it will be a better experience than the £3.40 instant coffee I was recently served in one of our local independent hostelries. Absolute daylight robbery that did nothing for my wellbeing, happiness or my purse.

Being happy, or at least trying to understand what happiness might be, is important to us and something I am sure we all look for at differing times in our life. It feels especially important for us as individuals and communities when the world around us seems out of our control and occasionally quite scary.

Having done the ubiquitous Google search on 'happiness' I have decided to adopt the Groucho Marx approach 'I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.'

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You might also find that a Limoncello coffee might help (a third of a cup of espresso, third of a cup of limoncello, third of a cup of cream), if for no other reason than to make sure that 'when life gives you lemons' you can do something else other than make lemonade.

Emma Ratzer

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