Sunday April 20, 2008
coffee in bed
Athena of Hawaii to be exact. Athena was recently awarded the prestigious "Hawaii Seal of Quality". Not many quality locally grown items can be found anymore in the 50th state. Only 25 agricultural producers passed the stringent tests so far, and ATHENA of HAWAII is the first and only single estate 100% Kona coffee farm admitted.
Their coffee is grown in the shadow of a volcano, hand picked, sun dried, and beautifully packaged before being shipped to your door. You can choose from three different blends: American (light), Vienna (medium roast), and French (dark roast). I preferred the French dark roast. It took a few tries to find the right mix of coffee to water. The secret for me was using less of the ground Kona than I typically used for my standard morning cup of coffee.
My Sunday breakfast in bed, with a cup of fresh Kona coffee, a bowl of mixed fruit and cream, and a basket of croissants for two was the perfect way to start the day.
For those that prefer a little more spirit in life, I have pulled together a few recipes from a site I discovered called Best Coffee News which is filled with all kinds of tidbits on coffee. Here's a sample of some of their coffee and liquor recipes found on the site:
Cafe Grand Marnier
2 ounces Grand Marnier
1 teaspoon sugar
6 ounces hot freshly made black coffee
Lightly whipped double cream
Slices of thinly sliced orange zest
Warm a brandy glass and add the Grand Marnier with the sugar. Add the hot coffee and give it a good stir. Pour the whipped cream over the back of a spoon onto the coffee and decorate with slivers of orange zest. Drink through the cream without mixing.
2.5 pints hot freshly made black coffee
2 tablespoons rum
2 tablespoons Tia Maria
2 tablespoons Cognac
In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients except the cream. Heat gently. Do not bring to boil. Pour into 4 warmed brandy glasses and top with whipped cream.
Hot Mocha Cognac
2 ounces cognac
1 teaspoon sugar
8 ounces hot strong freshly made black coffee
8 ounces hot cocoa
6 tablespoons double cream
Warm two brandy glasses. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan and heat gently. Do not bring to boil. Pour into the glasses. Whip the cream. Spoon onto the hot mocha mixture and decorate with chocolate curls.
If you are interested in ordering Kona Coffee you can do so online at Athena of Hawaii, or contact the owners directly:
(+USA) 1 808 328-1401
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