A Coffee Addiction can be Very Beneficial
“OK I Confess"
Truth, I am powerless over something in my life.
I am ready to take my first step. Sounds funny but I have to be honest and admit that I have an addiction. My addiction is not to alcohol, tobacco, or sex, I am addicted to coffee. But it is a good habitual pattern for me. One of my pleasures in life is drinking coffee. I think about it every day, especially every morning. To be truthful, I was not introduced to this hot beverage until I was 35 years old, I couldn't even stand the taste of it before then.
My father was a coffee drinker. One of my most cherished memories was when he would crack open a fresh can of coffee and the pressure would release that first burst of aroma. I would take in that first smell of coffee and savor it. That smell embedded its self in the depths of my mind.
Many years pasted between those memorable mornings in my parents kitchen until my first taste of morning java. It has since become a joy in my life. In fact I am drinking my favorite brew as I write this article. I am very lucky that my coffee doesn't keep me up at night nor does it give me the shakes from drinking it.
Benefits of Coffee
Coffee has been found to increase clarity of thought, increase brain power, enhance memory, physical and mental energy as well as personal resilience. I know for some that the caffeine is too much and can be harmful but for the large majority coffee can offer some good benefits in moderation. I know I start my day off with a rich cup of coffee.
How do I like my coffee?
For me my my favorite style of coffee is black, nothing in it. I like my coffee naked. I like to smell and taste the different types of coffee beans and I feel that anything added decreases the enjoyment. Unless it’s a big dollop of my daughters fresh whipped cream. That is until I saw my cholesterol numbers rise.
Each bean presents a different taste. I have learned that each bean also presents a different smell. Some taste and smell sweet, and others sharp. I have found that where they are grown and what type of dirt they are grown in as well as the water (minerals) and temperature range can determine how the coffee bean will smell and taste.
Love My Coffee
Coffee can be turned into a beverage in many different ways and each process can create a different smell, strength and taste depending on how they are prepared.
The coffee bean itself can be prepared by grinding, burr-grinding, chopping, pounding or roller grinding. There are different grinders used to produce each effect.
Boiling – the main method used for brewing coffee until the 1930s and is still used in some Nordic and Middle Eastern countries. The aromatic oils in coffee are released at 96C (205F), which is just below boiling, while the bitter acids are released when the water has reached boiling point. The simplest method of boiling is to put the ground coffee in a cup, pour in hot water and let it cool while the grounds sink to the bottom.
Steeping – this method is achieved by using a tall, narrow cylinder with a plunger that includes a metal or nylon mesh filter. The grounds are placed in the cylinder, and boiling water is then poured into it. The coffee and hot water are left in the cylinder for a few minutes (typically 4–7 minutes) and the plunger is pushed down, leaving the filter immediately above the grounds, allowing the coffee to be poured out while the filter retains the grounds.
Filtration – the method of draining or seeping hot water through a porous material or filter that holds the ground coffee and drips into a decanter. This is the American style of preparing coffee commonly known as percolating.
Pressure - method of brewing coffee by forcing steam under pressure through darkly roasted, powdered coffee beans this method brews one of my favorites, Espresso.
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Columbian vs Cuban
I have tasted different coffees from all around the world. Over the years I have settled on two distinct types to fit my taste and stomach: Columbian and Cuban. Why? They are both sweet coffees and are low in bitterness.
Columbian - The Columbian coffee bean is hardy and has a vintage. The bean will vary in taste due to soil variance, changes in the climate and the amount of rain in any given year.
Cuban - The Cuban coffee bean is grown in Cuba. Cuban coffee is a very strong but sweet coffee. The Cuban bean is grown and marketed more for espresso. Cuban espresso has cultural significance in Cuba.
My Special Blend
I have found that I am unique and so is my taste in coffees, so I developed my own to fit my taste. I would like to share with you my special blend. I blend two different types of coffee. I take a generic Columbian ground coffee and a Cuban espresso ground coffee (I use Caf’e El-Aquila espresso brand) to increase the flavor and mix them together. I have found that they combine nicely with a deep robust taste that is sweet and low in bitterness.
To accent it I put in a tablespoon of homemade whip cream on top. I want to warn you that it can be so tasty that you will want it that way after your first sip. Warning-be careful if you have a cholesterol problem.
Recipe for Homemade Whip Cream Topping
Here is the formula for making a rewarding whip cream.
Pour a quart of heavy whipping cream in a cold metal mixing bowl; add two cups of granulated sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. If you have a Kitchen aid stand mixer; it works the best and makes it real fluffy. But if not any hand mixer will do. Mix on high until the whipped cream is light and fluffy.
No matter how you like your coffee it is my hopes that you enjoy it as much as I do.