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Good morning - Drinking good coffee is one of the luxuries of life I am very serious about. Discovered the pleasure of fresh ground whole beans and flavored roasts about 40 years ago at college when on a tight budget. The local roaster I used for years shifted to providing large volumes of products to the grocery stores. As availability increased, freshness decreased and amaretto is not available for small volume purchases.
The search for another roaster is over. Bought some green coffee beans a few weeks ago and been working up the courage to try roasting. Did not want to spend several hundred dollars on a home roaster so used the skillet technique. First, outside on the barbecue burner was concerned the fragrance would be overwhelming. Second time used the electric burner on the kitchen stove. Both methods were successful, will probably get a dedicated caste iron skillet instead of a roaster.
If I want flavored coffee prefer to brew flavored beans vs adding sweetened, flavored creamer. Keep a dropper bottle of Almond Extract to sprinkle over the coffee grounds when added to the drip coffee pot just before brewing. Usually drink it black, sometimes add a little cream about the consistency of half and half. Found a small farm to purchase raw milk. They are Jersey cows so high volume of cream.
How to Make a Simple Homemade Coffee Creamer to keep in the refrigerator about 3 cups.
To add flavor to creamer
Amaretto: Add 2 teaspoons of almond extract
French Vanilla: Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
Pumpkin Spice: Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon.
I read A History Of The World In 6 Glasses (beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola) several years ago found it an interesting journey through history. Thought it fit today's Open Thread.
World History is a long and complex topic. Though many accomplished authors such as Bill Bryson and H. G. Wells have attempted to condense history into a single book, very few have succeeded. There is just too much of it. Attempts to boil down the last 10,000 years have resulted in either superficial books with very little depth, or great textbook like tombs too inaccessible for the casual reader. Happily, A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage succeeds where others have failed. Standage's book does this by sacrificing the breadth of every possible topic for an impressive depth and focus. Instead of trying to sum up the complete history of man, this book spotlights a single topic, in this case beverages, and then takes the reader on a journey through time to see how his topic interweaves the past. Standage is a delightful writer, mixing his light hearted style with exceptional historical savvy not just on the topic of drinks, but throughout.
Despite my now positive opinion of this book, I have to confess that when I first picked up A History of the World in 6 Glasses, I did not expect to enjoy it. Not only am I skeptical of any book claiming to sum up the antiquity of man in 300 pages or less, but I myself do not drink any of the 6 beverages this book discusses. As such, learning the history of these drinks did not sound immediately appealing. However, what I quickly learned is that this book is not a history of 6 drinks, but rather just as the title states, a history of the world, told through the story of 6 drinks. As the book points out in the introduction, second only to air, liquid is the most vital substance to man's survival. The availability of water and other drinking sources have "constrained and guided humankind's progress" and "have continued to shape human history". Throughout time, beverages have done more than quenched our thirst; they have been used as currencies, medicines, and in religious rites. They have served as symbols of wealth and power, as well as tools to appease the poor and downtrodden.
A History Of The World In 6 Glasses epub
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