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Continuing with the alphabet of gratitude for November - today it's coffee made my own way. For many years I've used this odd coffee making contraption, the Toddy Coffee Maker, to ensure that I can have a fresh cup of my favorite brew any time of the day without resorting to instant (yuk!) or brewing a pot and then wasting if I'm only in the mood for one cup.
Here's how it works (starting kind of at the bottom left) 1. insert the rubber cork in the bottom of the white "jug" and then place that round "buff" pad in the little well inside the jug. 2. next add about a pound of your favorite coffee and then fill the jug with cold water and cover. 3. let steep about 24 hours, either out on the counter or, when it's really hot, in the fridge. 4. After the steep time, pull the plug and allow the "coffee extract" to drain into the glass container. As the extract drains through the "buff pad" all the bitter oils are captured so you have incredibly mellow coffee. 5. Store the coffee extract in the fridge for over a week. 6. When you're ready for a cup of coffee deliciousness like the one in the big photo, just mix equal parts coffee extract, water, and milk. Microwave for about 3 minutes. Of course, if you don't use milk or cream, just tinker with the ratio of extract and water to get the right strength. And there you have it--a perfect cup of coffee any time, no fuss, no waste!
You may not be surprised that a coffee lover would also have a thing for the perfect coffee mug or cup. Mugs are my souvenirs of choice when I travel or go to arts and craft fairs. The lower right I bought at the Saint James Art Fair, and the brown at the Te Papa, the national Maori museum in Wellington, New Zealand.
Linking to the November Daily Blog at Myanderings .