Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Coffee Addiction

I now understand the statement, coffee addiction. 

It took a loooong time but coffee has grown on me.

When Starbucks started to become popular here in Iowa, I was just starting high school. That's when Des Moines' very first Starbucks opened and everyone flocked to it. I tried it, but it was disgusting.

My best friend liked it so much we went a lot, and eventually it grew on me. So, I would only drink coffee like that. Well, it's not coffee, it's espresso.

Fast forward until 2 months ago. I could not stand drinking home brewed coffee.

We don't even own a coffee maker. Say What??

That's, like, the top pick for a wedding gift. We didn't put it on our registry and, surprisingly, we did not get one. We didn't drink it enough.

Now, I'm seeing it as a good investment.

So what do I use for coffee then? Well, very good question... instant coffee. You know, the kind you just add to a cup of hot water and voila, hot coffee. Yep, they do make that, and it's not bad!!

I have tried all kinds of instant coffee. The cheap kind... not good. The expensive kind... very good.... of course.

This is my favorite...

BUT I can not drink it without doctoring it up... a little... or a lot. It's really in the eyes of the beholder.

I came across a recipe that had sweetened condensed milk (sc milk) in it. I thought, strange, but ok. I soon found out that sc milk is added in Spain and Dominican Republic. So I thought, why not? They know coffee right?

So I made this concoction..... and without further ramblings... here is my coffee addiction recipe!

1 cup coffee (cold* or hot)
1-2 Tablespoons of sc milk
1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup (the kind you put on ice cream)
1/4 cup of milk (any kind) or cream or half n' half

There it is... it has saved me lots of money and curved my coffee cravings. You can double this and it saves in the fridge for up to a week. Be careful though, it does get foul tasting after a bit.


* cold coffee: brew coffee and let cool to room temp. and then place in fridge.

For the real way to do it, you soak the ground coffee in water (really any amount, you just have to play with it and taste test) over night in the fridge, then strain out the coffee grounds. Kinda like a slower version of tea.

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