Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Time out for Vanilla & Cream Coffee

When the snow is blowing down and the air is just freezing outside, it is certainly time to take a break from sewing and sip a nice hot cup of coffee.

Before I begin brewing and adding some delicious extras to my cup, I found some very interesting facts about coffee I thought I would share.

  • The coffee plant is usually referred to as a tree. Botanically it is an evergreen shrub - who would have known?
  • The tree has a gorgeous white blossom, they say is jasmine scented. It turns into a cherry which will ripen from green, to yellow, to red.
  • The actual coffee bean is the seed of the rip fruit. It is encased by various layers that make up the cherry.
  • The annual yield of each coffee tree is about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of roasted coffee.

Today will be French Roast Coffee with Vanilla and Cream - sounds warm and toasty.

My recipe serves 4 -

1/2 cup ground French roast coffee
3 cups cold water (they say to always start with fresh cold water for the best flavor)
1/4 cup vanilla syrup
3 tablespoons of half-and-half

Put the coffee grounds into your coffee pot and using the cold water, just brew by your regular method. Stir the vanilla syrup and the half-and-half into the brewed coffee and serve in some nice warm cups.

Get cosy in a nice stuffed chair, grab your sewing book, and you are ready to relax!

Enjoy and Happy Sewing!

Charlene

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