Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!

Good Morning. Coffee...I like the fake stuff...that powdered sugary stuff that they call cappucino. However, I don't particularly care for that bitter, mud tasting stuff most of ya'll drink, but I understand some of you just can't live without that stuff. So here are some tips for keeping your coffee makers clean and a few special coffee recipes.

Do people actually grind their own coffee? I guess they must because I found this tip to clean sharpen coffee grinders blades.

Coffee Grinder: Grind up a cup or so of rice in a coffee grinder to clean the grinder and sharpen its blades.

And here are some instructions for keeping those coffee makers clean

Coffee Maker: Cleaning your coffee maker the right way will keep every pot tasting the best it can possibly be. It should be done at least once a month, to ensure good tasting coffee.
1. Mix a full coffee pot with a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts of water. For extremely slow coffee makers, use full strengh vinegar and add a tablespoon of baking soda. In the area where you usually add coffee, put in a filter.
2. Pour the mixture into the water reservoir of the coffee maker and turn the coffee maker on.

3. Wait until the mixture has completely run through, toss out the filter and shut the coffee pot off for 3 minutes. Pour the vinegar and water mixture down the drain. Rinse the coffee pot, and fill again, but this time with with plain cold water. Use another clean filter.
4. Run the plain cold water through the water reservoir to remove the mixture completely. Pour this water down the drain also.
5. Run completely through, turn the drip coffee maker off and let it cool for 5 minutes before using it to make coffee. If you are cleaning a coffee maker that hasn't been cleaned regularly, repeat this step again with a fresh vinegar and water mixture. (*Repeat the rinsing process to make sure all of the vinegar and water solution is completely gone. )
6. Never wash the coffee pot with soap, this will bind with the oils deposited by the coffee, and will leave a taste behind. Do not wash in the diswasher, for the same reason. Instead, put about two cups of crushed ice, 1/4 cup rock or table salt, and 1/4 cup lemon juice (bottled or fresh is fine) and swirl around the pot. Measurements are not that important, just guesstimate.
For tough stains scrub using a paper towel or clean (not soapy) dishtowel. Rinse thoroughly. This is how restaurants clean their pots, for that rich taste that is so elusive at home.
A few more tips:
Cleaning your coffee maker takes away hard water deposits, old oils from previously brewed pots, and other impurities that can make your coffee taste bad.
Clean a brand new coffee pot prior to using.
Never pour water into the reservoir by using the sink faucet or hose.
For a richer taste, sprinkle a dash of salt on the grounds before brewing. Restaurants do this also.

These are some coffee recipes I found that some of ya might want to give a try.

White Chocolate Coffee
3 oz white chocolate, chopped
2 cups half n half
2 cups hot coffee
Whipped cream
Heat the milk and chocolate together in a saucepan until melted and smooth. Stir in coffee and serve with whipped cream on top.
Serves 6

Pumpkin Pie Latte Recipe
1 tbs canned pumpkin
2 tbs vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 cup milk
1/2 cup strong coffee, or 1/4 cup espresso

In a saucepan, heat milk and pumpkin until steaming. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Put mixture in a blender, and blend for 15-20 seconds until thick and foamy. Pour into tall glass, then add coffee (or espresso). Top with a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice or ground nutmeg.
Serves 1

Holiday au Lait
1 cup hot coffee
8 oz milk
1 oz vanilla syrup or extract
1/8 tsp of each: cinnamon, sugar, allspice, cloves

In the bottom of your mug, mix the spices and vanilla. Fill halfway with hot coffee, then the other half with warm milk.

Cinnamon Caramel Iced Coffee
6 tbs ground coffee
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup caramel dessert syrup

Mix the cinnamon into your loose ground coffee and then brew a pot of coffee by whatever method you prefer. Add the caramel syrup to the cinnamon-spiced coffee, and stir well until completely dissolved. Chill through in the fridge, and serve over ice cubes, with added milk or sugar to taste. The syrup makes this iced coffee pretty sweet as it is.

Well, I guess that's about it for today. Have a terrific day.
Jill Marie

1 comment:

swmpgrly said...

ok I saved all those lattes...lol