Monday, March 21, 2016

Coffee For Company

When you have people over, coffee is one of those usual beverages served.  If you want to spice things up a little, try some of these coffee recipes.  These are considered to be classic parlour coffee beverages, usually served at breakfast, during the afternoon, before dinner, or even during dessert.  It's important to note that these are made with brewed coffee, not espresso.  This makes it super easy to make at home.

I would like to suggest that you have people over to try these coffee drinks while playing a board game or a card game!  This is also a great treat if you're just having people over for a little chit-chat.

Cafe au Lait
Hot Coffee, strong brew
Warm Milk

  1. Warm your milk over the stove.  Do not boil.
  2. Fill your cup one-third of the way with the warm milk.  Fill the rest of the way with hot coffee.

Spiced Cream Coffee
1-1/2 cup Hot Coffee
2 tsp Chocolate Syrup
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
3/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 TBSP Sugar

  1. Begin by whipping the cream until it begins to stiffen.  Add in 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon, the nutmeg, and the sugar -- then continue to whip until it is completely stiff.
  2. In two coffee cups, place 1 tsp of chocolate syrup and 1/4 tsp cinnamon.  Stir in the coffee.
  3. Top with the spiced whipped cream and serve!

Cafe Vermont
Hot Coffee
1 TBSP Maple Syrup
1 TBSP Heavy Cream

  1. In a coffee cup, mix the maple syrup and heavy cream together.  Mix in the coffee.  You can serve with or without a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Bulletproof Coffee
Hot Coffee
2 TBSP Grass-fed Butter, Kerrygold (recommended)
1 TBSP Coconut Oil
  1. Place the butter and coconut oil into a coffee mug.  Fill the cup with hot coffee.
  2. Stir until the butter is fully melted.  The coconut oil will melt very quickly.
  3. You can also add in spices (cinnamon or nutmeg) or cream, but it is not necessary.

Cafe Napoleon/Emperor's Coffee
Hot Coffee
1 Egg Yolk
1 TBSP Heavy Cream or Cognac (cognac for the alcoholic version)
2 tsp Sugar or Honey

  1. In your mug, mix the yolk, cream or cognac, and sugar or honey together until smooth.
  2. Stir in the hot coffee.

Cafe de Olla
1 qt. Water
2/3 cup Ground Coffee
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 3" piece of Orange Peel

  1. Place all of the items into a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Strain through a filter placed in a strainer, before pouring into cups.  This is strong, sweet, and spicy.

My favorite out of all of these is the Cafe Napoleon (aka Emperor's Coffee and Kaisermelange) with Bulletproof Coffee coming in second.  I tend to just drink my coffee black, so super sweet stuff like Cafe de Olla is not my thing.

Let me know what your favorite is!

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