Coffee Time!

Now those of you who have followed this blog for any length of time know how much I love coffee. So, here is my annual post about coffee. Ah, enjoy while I sip my cup of joe. πŸ˜‰

 

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Why It’s Called a Cup of Joe (probably)

Coffee is commonly referred to as a cup of Joe and though many theories are circulated on the origin of this phrase, it is unclear as to exactly when it was coined as well as why.

One theory is that Joe came about as a misunderstanding of the French word chaud, meaning hot which is pronounced similar to Joe.

Another theory is the belief that it came from Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels who banned alcohol on ships, making coffee a popular beverage of choice, but some believe that the coffee reference was in place long before he held office.

Some believe that the word was derived from the word Java, which is a place in Indonesia where coffee was exported from, or it may have come from the shortening of the word jamoke, another term for coffee.

Regardless of where the term came from, it is a fun and interesting way to say you’re having a cup of coffee.

Elektra-Belle-Epoque-Coffee-Machine

 

The little jewel above is sold for a whopping 18,000 dollars or so. Looks Β high-tech and all shiny! Also, look at those tiny cups! Why I would be making millions of them every day. Those aren’t my size of cups at all!

 

Coffee-is-always-first

 

I’m pretty useless until I have my first cup of coffee. I can get things done, but it’s not a pretty sight. haha!

 

coffee-all-evils

 

Did you know that coffee was the first food that was freeze-dried? True!

coffeecake

 

Now for the best coffee cake recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1⁄2Β cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1⁄2Β teaspoons baking powder
  • 3⁄4Β cup sugar
  • 1⁄2Β cup butter, melted
  • 1⁄2Β cup sour cream
  • 1⁄2Β teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1⁄2Β cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1⁄2Β cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Batter: Sift 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat egg until frothy. Beat in sugar and butter until combined. Add milk, sour cream, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture a little at a time and mix on low until combined. Do not over mix. If the batter is too stiff add a little more milk.
  2. Streusel topping: Combine last 4 ingredients (make sure your butter for the streusel is chilled) in a small bowl and mix together, then set aside.
  3. Put 1/2 the batter in an 8×8 – inch greased pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle 1/2 streusel over batter. Repeat. Bake at 350 degrees in a preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Topping with chopped nuts is also an option if you like nuts!

 

 

 

 

Do you like coffee? Love it? Hate it? Meh?

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Coffee Time!

  1. I call it the “elixir of life”. I only drink two cups per day – one at home and one at work – but the one at home is essential most mornings. The one at work makes settling in at my desk tolerable.

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  2. Had to put my mug down to write this comment. I have to drink it half and half and weak. Get the jitters otherwise. Half regular Hazelnut and half decaf Hazelnut. Not sure why I love the smell of it so much but I do. I make a small 5 cup pot and drink the whole thing if I have time. My sister drinks coffee that would eat the silver off the spoon. When she stays here, we have 2 separate pots going. I keep a second pot handy for company. I can function without it but it takes something away from the day. So I’m going to pour another into my lidded mug and suck that lovely black gold through the straw. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Giant hugs.

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