Get Creative with Coffee
There is something magical about the aroma of fresh roasted beans, which wafts out of a gourmet coffee. The irresistible smell just beckons you to take that first sip of the delicious brew that starts the day with its wake up aroma and completes the perfect meal with a gourmet flourish.
I love to experiment with my cup of coffee at times and the results are amazing. India is still waking up to the gourmet coffee culture. Most of us enjoy the regular plain coffee but some, like me, prefer to indulge.
Add your favorite spirit and the cup will seem lighter on the tongue.
When you add flavorings such as chocolate syrups, or caramel to name a few, these additives give your coffee a unique taste that is qualified as Gourmet Flavored Coffee.
From its humble origins in Ethiopia, coffee has grown to become a craze in our world.
How can one make a great Gourmet Coffee?
The process of roasting is crucial to coffee. If you under roast your coffee your coffee turns out weak, and if you over do it your coffee tastes burnt. Make sure the coffee is freshly roasted. The freshness of coffee beans will start to decrease once the coffee beans have been ground.
When brewing gourmet coffee, it is essential to combine several factors that will make your cup of coffee a dreamy blend of flavor. Gourmet coffee is in itself delicious, but it is even better when made a certain way.
Select only the finest gourmet coffee beans.
Opt for bottled waters for brewing but avoid distilled water.
Be sure to measure your coffee/water ratio appropriately. Use two tablespoons of ground coffee per six ounces of water (or 3/4 cup water). This ratio produces strong, rich gourmet coffee.
Some have compared specialty gourmet coffee to wine as far as aromas and flavors go. The characteristics of gourmet coffee however, are more even complex than wine.
Gourmet coffee flavors include : almond, amaretto, Irish creme, French vanilla, Swiss mocha, vanilla, chocolate, mint, peppermint, pumpkin spice and just about anything else you can dream of.
Creativity is the key to a good gourmet coffee. One does not have to go to Gourmet coffee parlors or buy expensive mix, just let your imagination go wild and make your own cup of delight.
Coffee does not have to be mealtime related. Try these for refreshing cool drinks any time of the day…
Hot gourmet coffee should be just warm enough so that the flavors melt and spread evenly on your taste buds. So take your first sip, enjoy the aroma that the perfect marriage of warmth and liquors provide, take another sip and savor the experience.
1. Mint Cocoa Coffee
1 0unce of chocolate mint liqueur
Dash of shaved chocolate
Whipping cream (if desired)
Brew your regular coffee, add the shot of liqueur. Add some whipping cream if desired and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.
Enjoy the delicate aroma and taste.
2. Cafe Amor
1 oz. Cognac
1 oz. Amaretto
5oz. hot fresh coffee
One dollop unsweetened whipped cream
Pour liquids into a heated mug. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Let the flavors melt in your mouth.
3. Spirited Coconut Coffee
1oz. Irish whiskey
1/4 oz. cream of coconut
6 oz. hot coffee
Combine everything except the cream in a heated mug or tempered coffee
glass. Top up with dollop of whipped cream.
Pull the blinds and relax in your favorite chair. Sip the magic slowly.
4. Orange Cinnamon Delight
One medium orange
Seven whole cloves
2 cups milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp rum extract
2 inches of cinnamon stick
2 cups coffee
Peal the orange and set aside and squeeze the juice; add water, if necessary, to make 1/3 cup.
For making the spice bag, place orange peel, cinnamon, and cloves in a double layer square piece of 100% cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners; tie with a string.
In a large saucepan, combine orange juice, spice bag, water, milk, brown sugar, cocoa powder. Bring them to boil and remove from heat. Cover and let it stand for 10 minutes.
Remove spice bag. Stir in rum extract. Divide equally between 4 8-ounce cups of coffee.
This is an awesome blend of fruity flavor, heady rum and intoxicating coffee. A must try for all the coffee lovers.
Now that you have some of the tried and tested recipes from my creative kitchen, go on and indulge your self. Call friends over, have a great time.
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