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I always wanted to be a gastronomer

Jun. 6, 2011 11:39 am 
Updated: Jun. 12, 2011 7:25 pm
I'm a certified coffee nut. I started out my coffee life drinking brew made in my parents standup electric percolator ( this before the advent of Mr. Coffee ). I still remember that burbling perk and hiss sound in the mornings. They should put THAT sound on those sleep noise programs or perhaps it would be a great alarm noise? At any rate, I eventually left home and as soon as that nasty instant coffee trend ended, got myself a coffee maker. Aint it funny that over the last 30 years, not much has changed as far as the machines go? Most of us, I assume, still use a coffee maker, although mine now, is a Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal. I seldom use the grind feature anymore, but brewing is a daily duty.
Since I was a kid, I've drank coffee cold. I like it sweet so it's always tasted just as good to me cold as hot. The advent of cold coffee drinks in the last years has always struck me as kind of funny. In the 80's there was  the spate of flavoured coffees that flooded the grocery store shelves. They're still there although for the life of me I couldn't tell you who buys that stuff now ( yucky pooey). Then the flavoured milks followed, Irish Cream etc... After the flavoured coffees that I so despised, I didn't even try these.
Somewhere along the way, I tried a Mellita drip coffee maker and man was that a revelation. I drank my coffee from one of those until long after the coffeemaker manufacturers switched to drip brewing.
After Starbucks tuned me in, I even bought a wee Espresso machine that I adored until it broke (many years later). It's replacement was well recieved but ultimately never used. It just had too many gizmos and procedural necessities to be of any real use.
I don't know what sort of coffees you who read this drink, but for me, its a no brainer. Nabob roasts what for me, is a perfect coffee. This, after many many years of vetting the roasters. I love the Starbucks drinks too but oddly, I'm not crazy about their coffee. They favour the bitter dark roasts at Starbucks and I prefer something just as flavourful but not bitter. Nabob wins. In the last few months, my wife and I have been coming across these pod machines and we bought a Bosch Tassimo last weekend. We are still learning the machine but so far, wow. It makes great coffee drinks and the Chai tea is bizarrely tasty. Of course it uses Nabob coffee. Hmm is Nabob purely Canadian? I seem to recall in my many visits to California, having to drink an alternative.

In addition to drinking it, I routinely cook with it. Try coffee in gravy and barbecue sauces. One of the dishes I scooped from somewhere a few years back is something called Turkish Coffee Pudding. It’s a simple custard, rich and smooth and it’s my stepsons hands down favourite dessert.  I’ll put the recipe here at the end. Meanwhile, how do you like your coffee and what kind of recipes will we find your brew in?

  • 2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 3 tablespoons Kahlúa or other coffee liqueur, divided
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder plus additional for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) ground cardamom plus additional for garnish
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

Combine 1 3/4 cups cream, 2 tablespoons Kahlúa, 2 tablespoons espresso powder, and 1 scant teaspoon cardamom in heavy small saucepan; bring to simmer. Whisk yolks and brown sugar in medium bowl. Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into yolk mixture; return to pan. Stir over medium-low heat until mixture is thick enough to coat back of spoon (do not boil), about 5 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh strainer into 2-cup measuring cup. Divide pudding among 6 demitasse cups. Refrigerate until set, about 5 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.)
Whisk remaining 1/2 cup cream in medium bowl until peaks form. Whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon Kahlúa. Top each pudding with whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional espresso powder and additional cardamom.

My only advice would be to perhaps pay attention to the (scant) instruction regarding the cardamom. A level teaspoon full is too much.
Jun. 6, 2011 11:59 am
I don't drink much actual coffee and when I do it's usually at Tim Hortons or Starbucks or Second Cup or wherever, any mild roast sweetened with 2-3 sugars and cream. I try to drink tea more often, since I like that with no cream and less sugar, better for me! Love the blended drinks at various coffee shops though, cafe mocha is where it's at! I use coffee mostly in baked goods - my Nutella frosting recipe calls for coffee and it's delicious!
Jun. 6, 2011 1:07 pm
I love coffee and I also drink it cold. I have an espresso maker and make iced lattes. I buy the Kirkland brand espresso beans and grind them myself. So good! I've never heard of Nabob coffee..
Jun. 6, 2011 1:28 pm
I drink my Folgers every morning, I agree with you on Starbucks, I think their coffee is too bitter. Like Nurse Ellen I have not heard of Nabob coffee, maybe it's not available outside of Canada.
Jun. 6, 2011 5:07 pm
I have a Keurig, much like your Tassimo. I am hooked on the pods. The teas and hot chocolates are great too.
Jun. 6, 2011 7:06 pm
Hi Alex, Tim Hortons coffee kinda scares me. I got to drinking it for awhile. It's not all that good just fresh, and before too long I found myself craving it. What up with that?
Jun. 6, 2011 7:13 pm
I guess the Nabob is peculiar to Canada. Good for us, bad for you. When in Ca. it was the Folgers coffee bags that kept me in brew and as I recall, they tasted great!
Jun. 6, 2011 7:15 pm
Chris, I tried the Keurig in Edmonton when I was up there on a job this winter. I believe the pod was a Van Houtte and the coffee was quite good. When we were looking at the machines, we talked to a guy who had bought the Keurig and he said he liked it but that it was hard to find the pods for it. That sort of coincided with what we'd seen in the stores, lots of T-disks, even Starbucks ones but very few Keurig pods.
Jun. 6, 2011 7:52 pm
Don't know if you are old enough to remember the Maxwell House Tune that they sichrinized to the perks of a percolator. The tune was extended and made a brief round in the radio hits list. ... I've got to get to Okanagon and have some of that Nabob. Never heard of it until now but I sure want some, now. ... I have a Keurig that has given me some outstanding coffee during the past two years. At 46 cents per serving, I'm being a little careful with how much I use it. ... I prefer the dark roasts without additions I tried a steak that was marinated in coffee grounds but I didn't care for it. I've tried the flavored coffees, mochas and ices and prefer just black straight up coffee. I will drink it hot, room temp or cold- but not iced. ... Your recipe has my interest. I'll try it.
Jun. 6, 2011 7:54 pm
Don't know about Canada but here in Michigan, the Keurig Pods are available (enmasse) from Bed Bath and Beyond.
Jun. 7, 2011 9:57 am
The Maxwell House Tune I well remember! It was catchy, easy to recall. Thanks for the reminder, Mike. As for coffee, when I was a poor college student, coffee was served FREE a lot, so I decided I would learn to like it, and drink it straight, no additions. I still do today. Instant is pretty nasty, but any brewed except decaf is good with me. Cold?-no. That's what microwaves are for. Thanks for the discussion, Raedwulf.
Jun. 8, 2011 7:51 am
Funny how some blogs get me thinking and bring back memories. My parents were British and drank tea - we didn't even have coffee in the house. In my teens I was sent to boarding school in England. Breakfast was open seating and I was always one of the last ones through the door before the final bell. By the time I arrived all the tea, sugar & milk were gone...all that remained was black coffee. It didn't take me long to learn to drink black coffee.
Jun. 8, 2011 7:51 am
BTW - I really do NOT like Starbucks - yuck!
Jun. 8, 2011 8:00 am
coffee? strong and black please. I have a weak spot for Timmies English toffee, half toffee, half black, they still charge me for a full extra large english toffee. Not a big deal, it is my treat of the month when I hit Edmonton. I have tried the different special coffees from the wonderfully expensive machines, not for me. I actually prefer camping coffee in the old perk, poured into a thermos and enjoyed on the lake while fishing. Best coffee, bar none.
Jun. 8, 2011 11:41 am
I'm with RG. When mom finally allowed me to have coffee (I was NOT the kind of kid who needed caffiene) it was on one condition, and I quote: "If you're gonna drink it, you gotta drink it the way it was meant to be: strong and black." Momma is a smart woman. The stronger the better. I must confess an occasional weakness for Starbucks in the form of an iced caramel machiatto. I, too, remember the percolator, and I'll add to your relaxation tape the sound of birds chirping and as a scratch 'n sniff feature, the smell of bacon frying:p
Jun. 12, 2011 7:25 pm
Fellow coffee addict here having spent the last decade or so in Seattle where in any intersection in the city you can find a coffee shop on 3 of the 4 corners. I own a Keurig for drip coffee (and Amazon delivers my pods) as well as a Nespresso for espresso and I love them both! I would literally die without coffee and I chose only to follow the advice of studies that say it is good for you.
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