Two things are on my mind today and as usual one is related to parenting and one to food, shocking I know!
Anyone who knows me well can tell you that I am opinionated. It's not that I have to share my opinion, it's just that if you ask me what I think about any given subject, it is likely I will have thoughts to share. Fortunately for me, my husband, family and friends appreciate this in me and often ask me for my thoughts. As an optimist and an extravert, I feel honoured to be given an outlet for my thoughts and feelings amongst those I love. Guess what? That means you too my sweet blog readers! If you came to visit this place then you have likely already realized I have a lot to say and I thank you for reading and also for returning!
The reality is that I truly and firmly believe in Fairly Traded Organic coffee (See this link for the Wikipedia low down). I also love the idea of single plantation but am not tied to that one. Already some of you are rolling your eyes and mumbling "hippy" to yourselves and that is fine by me. It is likely because you don't have all the facts. The reason fair trade is important is for the same reason that farmers markets are important. It is so that you can connect to your grower in a unique and wonderful way. It is so that you can walk away from your purchase with the knowledge that you are helping to sustain the livelihoods of folks who love what they do and want to continue to do it well. The amazing thing is that it tastes better too. Whether it is a woman's cooperative or a family run estate, Fair Trade certification makes field to cup possible on an intimate level that ensures the folks growing those beans care how they turn out, how they are stored and where they go. They want your cup of coffee to be good so that you will want to buy their coffee again. Do you pay a little more? Yup. Is it worth every penny? You'd better believe it! If you aren't convinced come to my house for a tasting. I will convert you in moments and then we can have a great chat over a cup of Joe. I won't talk organic now but you'll be hard pressed to find a Fair Trade grower who doesn't also grow organically, so there.
Now for a recipe. I love hot coffee and I love iced coffee, I just hate lukewarm coffee. The following instructions are for making your hot coffee and then using the leftovers for iced coffee. No wasting when the coffee is good and you paid a fair price for it, right?
Coffee Katie StyleI use a drip percolator or filter cone into a thermos, but if you prefer a Bodum you just need to buy whole beans so you can grind them less finely than most pre-ground products. Note: I also always pre-heat my cup with a little hot water and I use a wooden or plastic spoon to stir so I don't lose heat into a metal spoon.
Ingredients:6 level Tbsp Fair Trade Coffee, medium or dark roast, ground (please don't skimp on coffee since the flavour is killed when watery)
6 cups cold water
Fixings for your perfect cup (I take 10% cream and 1/2 tsp organic sugar ideally)
1 cup Leftover coffee
2 tsp sugar syrup per cup, or to taste
2 Tbsp Milk, per cup
1 Tbsp10% Cream, per cup
1/2 cup Ice, per cup
Instructions:1. Make a simple sugar syrup by placing 1 1/2 cups water and 1/2 cup sugar in a small pot and bringing to a boil. Stir once and cool. Keep in fridge for up to a month.
2. Brew your hot coffee and enjoy a cup with a friend or with a book, or at your desk.
3. Within 1/2 an hour of brewing your coffee, turn it off and let it cool. Place in the fridge as soon as possible. Once it is nice and cold and you are ready for a different kind of caffinated beverage combine the milk, cream, coffee and sugar syrup with the cold coffee.
4. Place ice in a large cup and pour coffee mixture over ice, let sit 1 minute so it can get nice and cold. I recommend mixing the coffee separate from the ice so it doesn't need stirring. Enjoy!