Thursday, December 14, 2006

I Concentrate on...Coffee


One of the many things that has become a trial for me to do since my stroke is the simple act of making coffee. I absolutely looove the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, but trying to transport the water from my sink via walker's bicycle basket to coffeemaker, along with the ensuing cleanup is a chore. My solution, newly recreated from a 70s-something kitchen utensil called a "coffee toddy", is this little recipe from Cooking with Coffee by Carol Foster (and M.F.K. Fisher).

Coffee Concentrate
1/4 pound coffee, regular grind
2 cups cold water
Makes enough for 8 cups of coffee

Put water and coffee in a glass jar, stir, and cover/chill for 24 to 48 hours. Strain through a coffee filter into a clean container. While it drips through the filter, you should press the grounds from time to time. Squeeze as much liquid as you can out of the filter. Discard the grounds, and store the liquid in a clean bottle in the refrigerator.

To make a cup of coffee: Add 2 tablespoons of concentrate to coffee mug. Add near-boiling water and stir.

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