What is So Great About Coffee?
I have no idea how I became so obsessed with coffee and coffee related items! Really, what is so great about coffee? It is the taste, smell, variety, the way it boosts your mood, and even the social aspect. There are so many good things about coffee, and I love them all!
Morning Coffee – Hot
Who all starts their day with coffee? I keep hearing about people starting off with 8 oz. of water before they ever make their coffee. I just don’t know about that. If you are a coffee drinker, I would love to hear your thoughts on this. My morning consists of:
- Starting the Keurig (We have a coffee pot that we use when we have company.)
- Adding a Kirkland’s Brand K-Cup and brewing (They are the strongest we have found that is still smooth.) The smell is amazing!
- Adding a little powdered coffee creamer – plain
- Topping it with Great Value Extra Creamy Spray Whipped Cream (It is so much better than the name brands.)
- Giving the dog a little taste of the whipped cream – Not from my cup!
- Sitting down to start my morning quiet time.
Coffee Shop Obsessions
Coffee shops have become very popular! I see it everyday as I drive by our local Starbucks. It may be because they are the only one within 20 miles, but there is always a long drive-thru line. Many times it goes out onto the service road of the Interstate!
The private-owned coffee shops are also loved. They usually have such an intimate atmosphere, which is very important! If I happen to pass a new shop, I almost always have to go in to see it, even if I don’t order anything. It is all about the atmosphere! We have a new one in our area, and I cannot wait to see it. Grab a friend and check out Prairie Coffee Co. if you are in the Greenville, Texas area. A friend brought me one of their coffee drinks, but I still want the coffee shop experience.
My Own Coffee Shop
Remember my She Shed? Yes, it is my own personal French Style Prayer Room/Coffee Shop. Inside the cabinet is a variety of coffee makers, grinders, and other coffee accessories that have never been used, but they are there just in case. I guess the obsession has been going on for a while!
Favorite Daytime Coffee Drink – Cold
A few years ago, while I was on a low-carb diet, I found a drink that I absolutely loved! I highly recommend it if you need a boost of energy. On the other hand, if it is late in the afternoon and you want to sleep that night, I do NOT recommend it. If the circumstances are right, try a Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Cream, and then ask for a little extra sweet cream. It will even give your mood a little boost as well.
Because I cannot always make it to the coffee shop, and the expense would be huge if I did, I decided to try and make them on my own. I have not purchased the Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker yet. There is so much experimenting to get it just right, that I am starting with a regular Cold Brew Coffee Maker . It is getting pretty close. The key is getting the right coffee, and I think the Guatemalan at Starbucks is the closest so far.
Cold Brew Process
It is very simple to make your own cold brew coffee at home. I purchased one of the Cold Brew Coffee Makers linked above for the ease of things. If you do not have one, there are other ways of making cold brew. These are the steps in the easy process:
- Grind the coffee beans with an electric grinder – or a hand grinder.
- Add coffee to the filter.
- Put the filter in the pitcher filled with water.
- Let it soak in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours.
- Shake the pitcher a few times each day.
Once the coffee is ready, pour it into a cup and add any extras you desire. If you usually add sugar, you may want to try it first. The cold brew process takes out some of the bitterness that a regular brew does not. You may not need as much sugar with the cold brew process.
A Favorite Coffee Dessert – Affogato
An affogato is a delicious Italian dessert, and it couldn’t be easier!
All you need for this amazing dessert is Vanilla Ice Cream and a shot or two of espresso. You can use any type or brand of these items you want, but the better the quality, the better the Affogato. My preference for an Affogato is Vanilla Bean ice cream. It seems to add something special to the dish. If you do not have an espresso machine, you can buy it already made or get it fresh at a coffee shop.
What is So Great About Coffee? Is it the taste or smell? Is it the variety or the way it improves your mood, or how about the dessert? I say it is all of the above! If you are a coffee drinker, let me know in the comments, then pour yourself a cup and enjoy!
Here is a post I wrote earlier last year, “What’s on the Inside.” This is a devotional that uses coffee as an illustration.
If you love coffee and Pinterest, I have pinned several “coffee” pins you may like. There are all sorts of ideas and recipes that involve coffee of some sort. If you are looking for other ideas, you may just find them here. If you look, you will find a Cold Brew Coffee Pie on this board – Enjoy!
Have a Grace & Joy-filled day!
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“When I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy.” Psalms 94:19