For the Love of Coffee



Happy National Coffee Day, today we all get to love our coffee a little more. There will be more posts written about coffee today, more selfies will be taken with coffee today and no doubt more coffee will be enjoyed by everyone a little more today. For me I suppose the love of coffee started a little before my freshmen year of high school, however until then I was convinced a vanilla bean frap had to much coffee - p.s there is no coffee in a vanilla bean frap. But then one day something happened; it started with the Starbucks Carmel frap, graduating to a frap with added shots. However as time passed my tastes changed and I moved from the sugar sweet flaps to straight coffee; these days it's a toss up between a good latte or a vanilla chai. 


For starters I do not want to label my self as another one of the college aged caffeine junkies...cuz I'm not, I would more or less call myself a coffee connoisseur- a lover of coffee and a lover of good coffee - Nothing beats going to new places, walking into the quant and eclectic little mom an papa shop, trying their coffee and just sitting and truly enjoying every sip of it. These places almost feel more like home than home sometimes. 


Either way, whether you are at a chain food coffee shop or the one that knows you by name, enjoy a cup today. Hot or iced, soy or whole doesn't matter. What matters is that you enjoy that cup; take the time to appreciate that cup of coffee for all those nights you were up to late studying, those mornings where you don't remember last night, and the days where one cup is just not going to cut it. so thank you coffee for all those good days and the not so pretty ones, and for always being there no matter what time of the day.



Below I will share some cool recipes for some of my favorite coffee drinks that are simple and can be made at home. Also fill free to share your favorite kind coffee drink or coffee recipe.   


CInnamon Dolce Iced Coffee

Rich, refreshing iced coffee sweetened with the flavors of brown sugar and cinnamon. Divine!
yield: 1 GLASS ICED COFFEE
 
prep time: 5 MINUTES
 
cook time: 5 MINUTES
 
total time: 10 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:

For the cinnaman dolce coffee syrup:
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 5-inch cinnamon stick
For the iced coffee:

DIRECTIONS:

For the cinnamon dolce coffee syrup:
  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick. Keeps refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
 For the iced coffee:
  1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add coffee concentrate, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon dolce syrup (add less or more depending on your preference), and half and half to desired point of creaminess. Drop in a straw and serve.
recipe found here:http: //www.kitchentreaty.com/cinnamon-dolce-iced-coffee/

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
8 oz. cold brew coffee (or a regular strong, dark coffee, chilled)
2 tbs. sweetened condensed milk
Ice

HOW TO MAKE IT…
Prepare coffee.  Fill a glass with the ice and coffee, then add the sweetened condensed milk. We like to leave it marbled and serve with a spoon for on-the-spot stirring.

Recipe found here: http: //blog.anthropologie.com/post/74762453580

Hot Butterscotch Caramel Coffee

What you’ll need:
  • 1 large cup of coffee – about 6 ounces
  • 2 pinches of cinnamon
  • ounce butterscotch schnapps*
  • 1 ounce heavy whipping cream or half and half
  • tablespoon caramel sauce and a bit extra for drizzling on top
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:
  1. Brew the coffee and pour into a mug.
  2. Add 1 pinch of cinnamon, butterscotch schnapps, cream, and caramel sauce and stir.
  3. Add whipped cream on the top, drizzle with caramel sauce and add a pinch of cinnamon before serving.
*For a non-alcohol version, ssubstitute butterscotch syrup for the butterscotch schnapps.
Leave out the cream if you prefer your coffee dark and less sweet.

Recipe found here: http://www.livinglocurto.com/2014/09/butterscotch-caramel-coffee-recipe/#sthash.xRLfTeRW.dpbs&_a5y_p=2431654

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