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Country Coffee Talk - August 12, 2013

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

Don’t you just love the summer! There’s nothing more enjoyable than sitting on the porch in the morning with that first cup of coffee, ignoring what’s ahead for the day. How did that jingle go...“The best part of waking up...”? Did you know that it’s the aroma of fresh brewed coffee that awakens and soothes you. According to some studies the scent of coffee puts people in a positive mood state.

What an easy way to conjure up that warm and fuzzy feeling. Remember when the “social network” used to be face-to-face chatting over a cup of coffee…or am I just showing my age.

Sometimes you just don’t want to brew a full pot of coffee but don’t know how much coffee to use. Keep in mind that most coffee brewing systems have an optimum brewing capacity. It is almost always necessary to use more coffee in relationship to water when brewing smaller amounts. The basic recipe is two level Tablespoons of coffee for each six ounces of brewing water.

The ratio may seem a little “strong,” but that amount develops the proper taste and balanced brew. If overpowering, (and it probably will be) just dilute with hot water in your cup.

But, if you have brewed a full pot of coffee and have some left-over coffee, here’s a perfect way to use it in a cold pick-me-up coffee drink and is especially good on these warm and muggy “dog days” of summer.

Cappuccino Cooler

(even non-coffee drinkers will love this)

•1 1/2 cups cold coffee

•1 1/2 cups chocolate or vanilla ice cream (depending on your chocolate fix)

•1/4 cup chocolate syrup

•Crushed ice

•Whipped Cream

•In a blender combine coffee, ice cream and chocolate syrup. Blend until smooth and pour over crushed ice or blend ice with coffee. Garnish with dollop of whipped cream. Makes 4 servings.

•No leftover coffee and you would still like a cold pick-me-up coffee, try this...

Coffee Shake

•1/2 cup warm water

•2 teaspoons instant coffee granules

•1/2 to 1 tray ice cubes or coffee cubes

•1/2 (5 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

•1/2 cup milk (can use soy milk)

•1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

•Dissolve instant coffee in water. In a blender combine ice cubes, coffee mixture, milk, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate syrup.

•Blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings

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