Thursday, 21 May 2009

Spiced coffee

I like coffee. I like spices.

The idea of mixing them together seemed quite appropriate. There is such a thing as spiced tea (Masala chai) which I have had and enjoyed, but I like coffee more and wondered how I would go about making a nice spiced coffee.

At home, we tend to use the stove-top espresso maker. I find it gives a stronger brew than our home electric coffee maker and has the added advantage of making a nice big batch than you can go back to for seconds.

So here's what I did: Filled the basket up with coffee, added in a couple of cloves and a piece of cinnamon. Worked wonders! My standard batch now also includes a small amount of ginger (I keep grated ginger in my freezer so that I can use if for my ginger beer). It gives just enough kick to make things interesting.

Note 1: we have black unsweetened coffee in our house. I imagine that this would still be nice even with milk or sugar, but you might perhaps need to use a bit more spice.

Note 2: I've also tried nutmeg and star anise. The nutmeg is a bit too pungent for my liking (though in small amounts is OK) and the anise was tasty (though my wife would disagree) but it leaves the pot tasting of it for a few more batches afterward. YMMV.

In hindsight, this whole idea seems to be something much more common than I had thought. For example, I found the photo here after only a minute of searching and this looks exactly like the way I make it. Perhaps I'm not as insightful as I sometimes like to think.