Coffee Hack 2011 + Thanksgiving Coffee
In non-coffee news, I’ve pretty much got a PhD now. The push to get it done meant a dearth of PWTIC posts, but now that I’m a doctor, what will I use my newfound brains, skills and talent for? Well, doing more gross stuff with coffee of course.
But first let’s look back to the Coffee Hack we hosted in February. It was a resounding success, with all sorts of adventurous people showing up, many with their own ingredients to try in combination with coffee.
We had all the coffee hardware you could dream of.
Including a beer infuser, which sorta maybe almost worked. It’s at least good in theory; Mill Street’s Coffee Porter is one of my favourite beers.
Labels were important. Participants created coffees that were everything from sweet to spicy to savoury.
Unusual brewing methods were as abundant as unusual ingredients. Co-organizer Laura tried out some delicious flavoured cold brew coffee. Other co-organizer Andrew “Twitch” Berdan handled the Turkish coffee. He also brought some home-made ingredients, like this from-scratch cottage cheese:
It didn’t look appetizing, but the cheese didn’t affect the taste of the coffee much, so I’d say it’s neither recommended nor a disgusting failure.
My main contribution stemmed from the idea that traditional Thanksgiving foods—turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie—all go well together, and leave you feeling warm and satisfied, but also sleepy. How can we possibly have all the goodness of Thanksgiving without the sleepiness?
Coffee. The answer is coffee.
(The following pictures are courtesy of Jody “3oh6” Bailey; more pics here)
Step 1: Brew coffee with low salt chicken broth in the water.
Step 2: Add gravy powder and instant mashed potato mix.
Step 3: Add cream and sugar. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with more gravy powder.
Step 4: Top with cranberry stuffing biscotti. This was another of Twitch’s creations, and was delicious on its own and dipped in coffee.
The Thanksgiving coffee itself, oh man, I was not expecting it to actually taste good, but it was like a family holiday in my mouth. Just a bit of each ingredient made sure nothing was overpowering (like the downfall of many of my creations, saltiness). I quickly gave thanks to every known deity for leading this liquid comfort into my belly. Thanksgiving coffee is worth trying.
Bottoms up to a successful Coffee Hack. Let’s do this again sometime.