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-Coffee Continued from page 60 whether it's a movie and popcorn, a Chinese take-out or, in this case, a pound or more of fine coffee. "Ironically, people actually drink less of fine coffee than mediocre coffee. Because it's so satisfying, people enjoy their cof- fee more, take the time to savor the rich intoxicating aroma and taste that says, "ah!" That's why they're less likely to drink gobs of bitter coffee that has stayed too long on a burner somewhere then poured into an unappealing Styro- foam cup too hot for your fingers to handle. This all-so-common ex- perience greatly depreciates the reason why you stopped by for coffee in the first place: flavor!" Ms. Rosen has more opinions on what makes good coffee in her book, along with a good general overview of the various types and styles, mini lessons in the growing and processing of coffee beans, plus a few recipes of entrees and- desserts, most of which are made with coffee, plus recipes for clas- sic coffee drinks. She also has some funny takes on the legends of coffee in her book. The legends of coffee histo- ry may be largely apocryphal, but that didn't stop the writer from re- lating, and commenting, on sever- al of these beloved myths. To wit, "Muhammad and the.Power of" Coffee. One day Muhammad fell asleep, unable to keep alert to his duties. To his aid came the archangel Gabriel, who brought down with him from heaven a special concoction, a beverage we now know as coffee. He gently awoke the great leader and offered the reluctant hero a few sips. Muhammad was so quickly and thoroughly invigorated that he was able to 'unhorse forty men and make forty women happy.' How long a period this took has not been recorded anywhere." As for opinions, she stands by her motto that better is the way to go. "It's hard to beat the conve- nience of a can of coffee and an automatic coffeemaker. My argu- ment for freshly ground beans and a maker suitable to the bean and its grind is that what you'll end up with is pure pleasure. You will, most probably, drink less, but drink better coffee and get much more out of each cup. It is always worth it to give yourself this gift of fine coffee. While some critics insist that studied connoisseurship is precious behavior, making the simple an art form is good for the soul... There are few pleasures that are so easy to find, so inex- pensive to buy and so simple to prepare as a great cup of coffee why shouldn't you seek out af- fordable luxury every day?" What about all those cutesy cof- fee drinks, the non-fat cafe latte with the dust of nutmeg and sprin- kle of chocolate swirls? "I think of these as coffee drinks, they're fun and more like a dessert, and some certainly have the calories of a fancy dessert. Various cultures have been adding flavorings to coffee for centuries, so that idea is not new, but some of the flavor- ings certainly are. But, to tell you the truth, nothing is better than a simple cup, hot, black full of aro- ma and taste. It's perfection!" Where to buy such luxury? "Fortunately, good coffees are available everywhere from your local independent coffee merchant to the well-stocked chains. Even most upermarkets now offer fresh beans which you can grind yourself at the store, although I don't recommend that. The cus- tomer before you may halve ground a vanilla flavored bean and the one before may have ground a hazelnut,--and all you may want is a simple Sumatra. All these flavors will linger and im- pact your beans. Even some fine coffee merchants aren't as scrupu- lous as they should be about their grinders. If in doubt, ask them to whisk it clean before grinding your beans. "Personal grinders are fairly in- expensive now, some under $20. Buy one" and grind your beans yourself. You'll then be sure of avoiding any contaminants to your beloved cup because you'll be in charge and can quickly and GUR>IET BY THE SEA A SPECIALTY GOURMET & GIFT SHOP Over 3,000 food items from around the world Vietri & Mariposi serving pieces Gift Baskets made up to order & sent anywhere Fresh pate, mousses & cheeses during the summer 10% Discount June, July and August when you shop before 10 a.m. daily. You'll save on parking too! 37 BALTIMORE AVENUE REHOBOTH BEACH 302-226-2344 (NEXT DOOR TO THE BLUE MOON} CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 11- July 17, 1997 - easily clean your grinder between grinds." What about how to brew, is there really a best way? "First, buy the best beans you can. Next, grind the beans to suit your cof- feemaker. If you buy an automatic coffeemaker, before you ue it add a teaspoon of citric acid, available at most pharmacies or health food stores, and run a pot of water through the machine. (The citric acid will get rid of any residual fragrance or particles left by the manufacturing process that might give off a plastic or mechanical taste.) Repeat this process two or three times, then you're ready to enjoy your automatic coffeemak- er. "Next up, heat the cups by fill- ing them up with hot water, and covering them with a saucer. If you're going to use a carafe othir than your coffeemaker or if you're using, say, a Melita carafe, heat it up first with hot water. This tech- nique helps to hold in the heat of the coffee. Brew using two level tablespoons of coffee for six ounces of water. This is a standard measurement and you can adjust if you find this too much or not enough to your taste. Most people don't use enough coffee. "The other tip is that most din- ner cups are six ounces, not eight 61 ounces as in measuring cups, so that's another reason why a lot of coffee is made too weak. Mugs, of course, can be anywhere from eight to twelve ounces or more, so adjust your measurements accord- ingly. All you have to do is mea- sure your favorite cup or bowl once to determine how much it holds, and measure the coffee to suit. Most extraction of coffee should be about four minutes, longer times make a weaker and, sometimes, a bitter cup." And what does the author use? "When I'm not using an automatic espres- so machine for my two espresso cups in the morning, I use a Swiss gold filter. It's easy, it's simple and no mess. For company, how- ever, the porcelain carafe and Melita filter works best for me, al- th6ugh the new Toshiba automatic coffeemaker with the thermos-like carafe is elegant and simple and makes a great cup of coffee. And, of course, that's what it's all about." The Coffee Lover's Compan- ion, The Ultimate Connoisseur's Guide to Buying,. 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