Coffee Warmer

6 oz Coffee
1 oz Brandy
12 oz Coffee liqueur
1 bsp Allspice Dram
3 dr Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
Brew 6 oz pour over coffee with 0.5 oz ground coffee, add other ingredients, stir.
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1 Comment

<br />So here it is, a dreary

So here it is, a dreary, snowy Michigan afternoon--just me and my coffee. So I decided to see what KindredCocktails had for a cup of coffee. And I stumbled upon "Coffee Warmer" with one rating of 4. In the words of Donald Trump during his campaign, "What the hell, you've got nothing to lose." So I decided to try what looked to be a promising recipe.

SOME NOTES before I give you my thoughts on "Coffee Warmer:" (1) I had no brandy, so I used Hennessy Very Special cognac; (2) for the coffee liqueur, I used Tia Maria (one of the best coffee liqueurs on the market, I believe); and (3) I discovered 3 dashes (not 3 drops) are needed for Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters to shine in this libation (actually, four dashes may prove to be better, but that's another story).

THE RESULT: Not bad. Not good, but not bad. I rate it as 3.5. The flavors were well balanced, with one not competing with the other. I was pleasantly surprised by this, because I thought the Allspice Dram might overwhelm the bitters, but by using 3 dashes the bitters came through nicely.

In summary, I thoroughly enjoyed this cup of coffee! The truth be told, had I known I was going to make and rate this libation, I would have used a bolder, richer, more flavorful coffee. Tomorrow morning I'm going to do just that, and I'll give you the outcome. How this drink is rated definitely depends on the quality of the coffe. It should be freshly made, not have a burnt flavor from sitting on the burner for more than 10 minutes, and it should be a bold and flavorful coffee. That lets out Folgers, Maxwell, and many others. Making the coffee using a French Press will also produce a better coffee.

Following the guidelines I laid down, the resulting cup of "Coffee Warmer" should be rated somewhere between 4 and 5. The recipe is that good! For those seeking a nice cup of hot coffee and don't have to drive and/or go to work, I definitely recommend "Coffee Warmer." Personally, I'd have two cups, not one. And You?

P.S. I did not add 0.5 oz ground coffee. If a high-quality bold and flavorful coffee is used and made properly, addtional ground coffee will not be needed. Adding ground coffee will make the already made coffee stronger, but now you've got coffee grounds to filter out. Moreover, extra coffee grounds should not be needed if you use high quality coffee liqueur. Kahlua is often used as a coffee liqueur, but it has less coffee flavor than Tia Maria. Why is that? Read Kahlua's label, and you'll see that Kahlua is a mixture of rum and coffee liqueur. Tia Maria, however, is pure coffee liqueur. Take a taste test, and you'll taste the difference.