For The Love of Java (Coffee as Dessert)
I'm the shortest in my family, my dad towering above at 6'2", even my mom beating me out by a good 2+ inches. Both of my brothers and both of my sisters have height on me. I stand a good 15 inches under my husband's 6'5" frame. My mom claims it was the coffee.
My grandmother, with her thick accent and no-fuss way about her would bring it to me. I was just two years old when I started drinking it, and I would beg and plead for her to share her cup with me. I remember sitting at her dining room table, covered in a lace tablecloth with intricate patterns along the edges, I would grasp a porcelain mugs with the hand-painted flowers and the handle curved just so, pointing like a vine and leaves and curving its way toward the cup.
Grandma's coffee always tasted differently than others. She would purchase a mix of different beans, blending them until she got just what she wanted. I imagine it was some variation of the coffee she grew up with in Yugoslavia. It was dark and rich, and she would add a bit of cream and sugar, stirring it in and letting it sit to cool so that I could drink it.
So, while my mom always hisses at me when I make myself a cup of coffee, my dad tells me I'm an addict and my husband rolls his eyes, I just point to an article I found on all the health benefits of the secret juice, the one that has me sitting at my grandma's dining room table, just the two of us, drinking coffee together.
Yes, I realize it is cold outside, but I drink cold water in the winter, and I'm not above drinking a good, cold brewed iced coffee either. I tend to drink my coffee black and hot in the morning, but I view a sweetened iced coffee as dessert. It takes care of those sweet cravings perfectly.
Easy Iced Coffee
1 pound coffee grounds
2 gallons cold water
In a large container, mix together coffee grounds and water. Stir to make sure all the grounds are wet and submerged in the water. Cover with an airtight lid and allow to sit in the refrigerator 8-10 hours.
Use a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheesecloth and run the coffee and grounds through it to separate out the grounds. Serve the coffee over ice with half-and-half and sugar/syrup as desired.
Makes 32 cups.