I confess. I am a coffee junkie. A coffee addict. A person who wakes up in the morning, and the first thought that goes through my head is my luscious morning cup of Joe.
I’ve tried to cut it out, and switch to tea, or fresh juice or hot water. But the truth is… I love my morning cup of coffee. I figure that it’s pretty much my one vice, and (maybe this is the addict in my talking), but is it really so bad to enjoy my morning cup? About a year or two ago, I decided to give myself permission to embrace my love of coffee. I am a much happier person with it (just ask my husband what happens if we run out). I embrace my coffee addiction happily.
So what is my favorite way to drink my coffee, you ask? Well I’ll let you in on my little secret. No, it’s not crack, it’s ground cinnamon. Cinnamon adds the most incredible hint of sweetness to my morning cup, and it’s full of all kinds of health benefits too. I think my mom actually started it years ago, by adding a piece of cinnamon stick to the ground coffee in the filter. I’ve changed it up a bit (of course), and add a generous sprinkle of ground Vietnamese cinnamon (my favorite variety!) to the ground coffee in the basket. It is soooo good! My favorite beans are a rich dark roast (think Sumatra), and I try and get organic/ fair trade as well, when I can.
Now, I tend to brew my coffee very strong, as I like to add a lot of steamed milk to it (and watery coffee is yucky!). Last year I found the perfect milk frother, which is the crowning glory of my morning cup. It’s from Capresso, and believe it or not I just saw it at Costco for thirty something dollars (I think it’s normally in the fifty-ish range). It whips up an amazing froth! I tend to trade off between Soy milk and almond milk, and it does a fantastic job of both.
I’m starting to see why my husband refers to my coffee as “love coffee”. There’s a lot of love that goes into my morning cup.
So how do you like your morning cup of Joe?