Traces the mysterious and conflict-ridden journey of the coffee bean from its Ethiopian birthplace, through Arabia and the Middle East, and on to Europe and the New World. The crucial role of the beverage in shaping the spiritual and social life of medieval Arabia and Turkey is explored and how it became irrevocably entrenched in the Western cultures.
This delicious version of black coffee is only slightly alcoholic.
Ingredients : Serves 8
1 Lemon, finely sliced
2 Oranges, finely sliced
1.5 liters Black coffee (filter/plunger brewed using 55g coffee per 1 liter water)
3 tablespoons Rum
85 g Caster sugar (superfine)
8 Lemon slices, for serving
Place the lemon and orange slices in a saucepan. Add the coffee and heat. When the mixture is about to boil, pour in the rum and sugar. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved. Remove immediately from the heat. While the coffee is still very hot, pour or ladle into glasses, and decorate with a lemon slice.
Tips : This recipe uses hot normal-strength coffee. Any degree of roast is suitable, but a medium-to-darker roast will allow more perception of the citrus and rum flavors than would a dark roast.