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Curry Coffee

February 5, 2010

Spice on the grounds, spice on the grounds, lookin’ like a fool with your spice on the grounds.

Walkin' through the town with your spice in the grounds

“Curry” is such a general term that no two curry recipes are alike. This is a classy culinary blog, so I didn’t want to resort to the mysterious “curry powder.” Instead, I extracted the core message of all existing recipes: curry is just taking all the spices in your cupboard and throwing them together.

For the record, that’s garlic powder, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, and paprika. About 1/4 tsp of each, on top of regular medium roast coffee grounds, brewed with about 6 cups of water. I was afraid this would clog the filter basket, but it brewed just fine.

Now, before I even sip this, I want to comment on the smell. My nose is currently telling me that my apartment is an Indian restaurant. Since I love Indian restaurants, that is a very good thing.

A bit of a film on top, but nothing to be concerned about.

No cream or sugar to mess this up. I had high hopes for a straight black spicy coffee, and I was not disappointed. Dark chocolate and chili have become a common pair lately, and the same delightful bitter / spicy combo is present here. The flavour is completely infused into the coffee; no texture problems this time, not even at the bottom.

I think I stumbled on just the right amount of spice. It’s got kick without being undrinkable. For more adventurous coffee drinkers, I highly recommend giving this a try.

In fact, I’m gonna go ahead and dub this the first official PWTIC success story.

Namaste, curry coffee.

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2010 3:54 pm

    I was thinking just yesterday about telling you to throw curry in your coffee. Great minds think alike!

    • November 20, 2014 10:34 pm

      Coffee has a lots of good healthy benefits and if you are going to add a few drops of Curry Powder on your Coffee as a substitute for a Teaspoon of Coconut Oil sometimes is a good idea every day. Makes you feel strong and feeling healthy. It is because of the naturalness of Coffee and Curry Powder without any Mixed Chemicals like in any (Process Foods) Found on all Grocery Store/Super Markets/ and any other local stores. Here are some links that proves the good healthy benefits of Curry Powder:

      http://www.lionsgrip.com/cureffects.html

  2. February 5, 2010 5:56 pm

    I’ve drank some spice coffee once in some restaurant, but that wasn’t very impressive mainly because I think it wasn’t done very well. It was kinda weak and in the end just a coffee that tasted funny. As the old saying goes If you want something done, do it yourself. I gotta try this at home.

  3. Maria permalink
    February 5, 2010 7:39 pm

    First?! What about the peanut butter! That was soooo tasty (well, the first 90% before the blob)

  4. February 6, 2010 2:32 am

    I was recommended this blog a week ago, and I have been throughly impressed. I must say though that if I added all the spices in my cupboard together it would be decidedly Italian. Perhaps you should try that? I’ve got:

    Oregano
    Sage
    Onion Powder
    Garlic Powder
    Chili Powder
    Rosemary
    Thyme
    Celery Seed
    Cayenne Pepper
    Cilantro
    Chives
    Cumin
    Dill Weed
    Basil
    Parsley
    Curry Powder
    Paprika
    Nutmeg

    Phew. After listing all those it doesn’t look too appetizing to mix them *all* together. I would say though that you could make a few interesting combinations out of those. I think you should try for something a little more Italian-esque.

  5. February 6, 2010 6:09 am

    Wow, my former housemate just sent me your blog, I understand why. I am always delighted to find people who aren’t constrained by traditional food combinations. (I did once make scallop brownies, but mostly as a joke)

    Ok, so here’s my suggestion, which has already been tried, tested, and is an amazing combination-> although technically it is putting your coffee in a weird thing, rather than putting weird things in coffee…. but a shot of espresso in a pint of guiness is quite possibly one of the tastiest things ever. (If you like guiness, and you like coffee, that is…)

    The trick is that places with both good pints of guiness and good shots of espresso are few and far between. The drink is called a Dufrain, and the only place I’ve ever really encountered it is Tryst in Washington DC, where the amazing bartender Drew Heles introduced me to it. – it’s been blogged about here:
    http://beersbeersbeers.blogspot.com/2007/05/dufrane.html

    keep on combinin’,
    -jj

  6. February 7, 2010 10:50 pm

    interesting web site. you’re a brave person with some of those concoctions (smoked salmon in coffee? seriously??).

    here’s a favourite of mine: grind a stick of cinamon with a couple of pieces of clove spice and a few cardamom seeds in with your coffee for a chai coffee. goes really well with milk.

    or, simple grind coffee with a piece or two of star anice for that non-alcoholic ‘sambucca’ licorice-like flavour. (this won’t go well with milk however.)

    or, what my mother used to make me as a kid for breakfast (i’m of italian background – we get started on coffee VERY early ๐Ÿ™‚ – do your egg thing – yolk only – with COLD coffee and sugar (real sugar – not that artificial sweetener rubbish). the coffee must be cold else you’ll cook the yolk (as you have already discovered) – this is undesirable. mix it really well. yes, it’s not that healthy for you (potentially high in cholesterol), but, damn is it yum! add in a little marsala wine or port to make a kind of “zabaglione” for after dinner.

  7. February 8, 2010 4:32 am

    Megan, you are right, the PB coffee was pretty tasty, but the blob at the bottom was a problem. This is the first completely unqualified success. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mystern, an Italian blend sounds like a great idea. Maybe with a little tomato sauce thrown in as well?

    I don’t know if I’m kidding or not.

    Jacques: Thank you! I do love beers with either hints of coffee, or that outright mix them (e.g., Mill Street’s Coffee Porter is one of my favourites). A home brewed Guinness blend is something I gotta try.

    Mixtema: Thanks for the suggestions! Those sound great. Star anice is one I have never heard before.

  8. February 8, 2010 4:12 pm

    A success! That’s awesome, but I have to say far less interesting then the urge to gag I usually receive while I’m here. Maybe next time.

  9. February 8, 2010 7:34 pm

    While I do think this is the best definition of curry ever (mostly because I don’t really like curry) and most curry dishes involve all those things, the chef in me feels compelled to tell you that curry powder in the spice jar form is just powdered curry plant… nothing mysterious.

    Yes, I just took something way too seriously on the internet. It’s been one of those days.

  10. Anonymous permalink
    February 9, 2010 8:20 pm

    is that the natural leftover film of the coffee? OF COURSE NOT… i love stepping outside the boundaries of “American culture”! I applaud you in you endeavor to step beyond “Caramel Macchiato! I am totally new to the coffee phenomenon,and yet I’m 43 years old… I never thought for a moment it was for me until i started stepping into my Asian culture and experienced coffee with cardamom! It took me back a century or two- to a time when we appreciated the simple things…the natural flavour of life…

  11. February 11, 2010 7:19 pm

    I can’t decide if I’d like this or not, but the idea is ingenious!

  12. Rose permalink
    February 17, 2010 3:33 am

    Mmmm this is interesting…
    Si claro como si yo supiera ingles bueno eso q haces es raro pero definitivamente debo probarlo…LUEGO

  13. asdasd permalink
    February 21, 2010 3:01 am

    tomatelaaaaaaaa
    anda a cagar con ese cafe

  14. tom permalink
    October 8, 2010 6:13 am

    i love coffee with a pinch of cinnamon. never tried it with this much spices. can’t wait to try a cup while lounging in my lyon shaw patio furniture.

  15. Anonymous permalink
    July 11, 2013 12:22 pm

    A bit a cinnamon, added to the curry mix…is how I get my fix!

  16. March 3, 2016 4:45 pm

    I thought that I was a coffee freak but you make me feel kind of normal. hahaha
    my favourite bizarre coffee recipe (besides bulletproof coffee and egg-yolk coffee): blend an avocado (well ripe, it’s not so good if the avocado is not soft), 1 or 2 eggs (raw, of course), a couple of tbsp peanut butter, and sweetener of choice. depending on the amount of coffee, it has the texture of a smoothie or a kind of pudding… you can add ghee or cream or yogurt if you like it creamier… or perhaps chocolate. I’m not a big chocolate fan, so I don’t use it.

    I also like cream cheese coffee, but I guess it’s not THAT weird. not like blood sausage coffee, at least ๐Ÿ˜› I love blood sausage, but I’m not puting it in my coffee. no way xP

  17. Marcy permalink
    November 25, 2017 9:48 am

    Costco sales that exact same mix of powders,,,, for 3.99 it tastes great on coffee,,

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