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.
Normandy, like Washington State in the United States of America, is known for its apple orchards, and gives it name to many dishes made with apple juice or apple sauce. This recipe blends the flavor of apples with spices for a delicious, tangy coffee drink.
Ingredients : Serves 4
475 ml / 2 cups
Strong black coffee (espresso strength, or filter/plunger brewed at 75g coffee per 1 liter of water)
475 ml / 2 cups Apple juice
30 ml / 2 tablespoons Brown sugar, to taste
3 Oranges, thinly sliced
2 Cinnamon sticks
Pinch of ground allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
Cinnamon stick, to serve
Bring all the ingredients to the boil over a moderate heat. Then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid into a preheated flash or serving jug. Pour into cappuccino-style cups, adding a cinnamon stick to each, if you wish.
Tips : This recipe could be made into an alcoholic drink if one-fourth of the apple juice were replaced with Calvados, adding when the heat is reduced to simmer in the second step. Do not allow the Calvados to boil.