It is a fact that a world war would begin without coffee, and amongst coffee lover women it is said that the best sort of men are like coffee, they’re rich, hot and if need be, will keep you up all night. However a good cup ‘o joe is no longer what it used to be, it has fast become shrouded in the craziest kind of culture, driven by the love of caffeine and all the awesomeness that it carries. We all know how to throw together our own precise amount of coffee and depending, milk and sugar, however the following tit bits to entice your taste buds will change the way you espresso your love for coffee forever.
- Caffeine I scream!
The first and foremost on the list is as cold as ice-cream, and it looks just like it. You will need popscicle moulds, 2 cups of rather strong coffee, ¾ cup of cream for the tips and sugar to add for taste. Before you begin sweeten the cream to your taste. Pour enough cream, approximately ¼ of the mould should be cream. Freeze the cream until solid. Next sweeten the coffee, and pour this in to fill the rest of the mould and insert your ice cream sticks. Remember to unmould your coffee popscicle wonders, simply fill your basin with luke warm water and submerge 80% of the moulded coffee splendour. It should pop right out of the mould.
- Fantastic Foam:
There are very few people who do not sincerely appreciate perfected foam on top of almost all their favourite coffee delights. There are also very few people who manage to perfect the foam time and time again. This trick will make you a foam connoisseur and see your mornings topped with a fluffy fantastic foamed coffee to brighten every day. You need a jam jar, a microwave and the secret ingredient, 2% or low fat milk. Fill the jar with as much milk as you would use to fill your coffee normally, make sure to screw the lid on tightly, then shake vigorously for 30 – 60 seconds until foam appears, unscrew the lid and microwave on high for approximately 30 seconds. Voila! Stabilised thick foam to be spooned out and perfect that morning cuppa Java.
- Ice cube perfect:
This idea can be used across so many platforms, from smoothies to iced coffee. The problem with home made iced coffee is that it usually ends up tasting watery and in turn ruining the very idea of anything coffee related. The super secret is making your ice cubes that youre going to use for your iced coffee into specially filled tasty blocks of awesomeness. You will need cream, coffee and perhaps sugar to taste, or what works excellently and is a healthy alternative to sugar, is agave syrup. Blend these together into a large jug that will hold enough to ice the amount of cubes that you require. Pour into the ice cube moulds and freeze. Use them instead of using normal water ice blocks and your experience of iced coffee will never be the same again.
- No coffee grinder, no problem, use your blender.
There are a million such twists and tricks when it comes to the worlds favourite beverage. Coffee making is truly an art, but also a personalised play thing that could keep one entertained for hours. It is all in the taste, bringing out the better side of ourselves. As the largely misunderstood and definitely not loved the world over Jonathan Swift put it, “Coffee makes us severe, and grave, and philisophical.”