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Folger’s French Roast Espresso

I pulled out the Espresso machine this week.  I have limited counter space so I put it back in storage.  It’s been a few months since I’ve used it.  All I have in the fridge is a can of Folgers.  So, how’s this going to work.  Monday I put Folgers in the Espresso maker and it was so so.  I went all out – steamed milk,  steamed creamer etc.  It just didn’t do anything for me.  Now, granted, the Folgers is French Roast, which is one of the darker roasts, but even then it just didn’t do the job.  It’s now Thursday.  This weeks been a long week and I really miss a good cup of Espresso.  I pulled out my coffee grinder and put in a couple scoops of Folger’s french roast – turned that bad boy on and watched the magic happen.  Once the grinds were back in the Espresso maker, the milk was ready and I was ready!  In goes the water, on goes the switch and out comes oil!  Eureka!! I’ve struck it rich.  MUD!!

I turned on the steamer and whipped up a nice head of foam.  I layed it  down on the mud like a crisp light show on the bare winter earth.  A few swirls to add a curbside snow effect and viola!  The savory aroma mixed with the strong flavors of the home brew just about blew me over the table! Dreamy tastiness.  I know God made snow and he created the earth on the second day, but this morning, I’m glad he allowed me to create another Splash Of Mud!!

Pan Coffee and Cowboys

Drip coffee makers can be a big waste of money.   There’s usually about three or four cups left in the carafe at the end of the day; which I end up throwing out.  I not only felt bad about wasting it, but I watched my big container of coffee empty twice as fast as need be.

I always wondered how the cowboys in the old west made coffee, so I thought I’d figure it out. I’m sure Hollywood’s reenactments aren’t correct, but I’m also sure that they didn’t haul along a Mr Coffee and plug it into the nearest cactus in the morning.  So I figured I’d see what happens when I put a few grinds in a pan over the proverbial campfire – in this case my stove.

A small pan did the trick. I added two small scoops of grinds and they floated to the top.  I thought, “oh yuck”.  I heated them, thinking I’d run it through a filter, but after a good heatin’ (or boiling, if I left it too long) they sank.  Oh, joy.  I let it simmer for a couple of minutes as the grounds settled to the bottom. Second Joy!  I poured off the delicious brew into my cup.  I had a few grinds in the cup, mostly from what stuck to the side of the pan while heating.  The key is to let it sit and they will descend to the bottom of the pan!

The coffee was good, strong, just the way I like it.  The next time I used only one scoop and it did a beautiful job of making two medium dark cups of coffee.  When done, I threw the grounds in the trash.  This provided the perfect amount of coffee for the morning.  No filter waste, but the pan’s a little gross to clean out. I sat dreaming about how simple life would have been back then, sitting around a campfire.