Here it is friends. The LAST post from Global Feasts: Colombia! I’m a little embarrassed to called this a recipe, because it’s, well, brewed coffee. But THIS coffee, it has some magic in it. Magic in the form of panela. Boiled down with water to make a condensed simple syrup, then used to brew fresh Colombian coffee. All you sweet coffee lovers out there….. prepare…. for COLOMBIAN COFFEE BREWED WITH AGUAPANELA!
I’m actually not a sweet drink lover. At all. I prefer coffee, tea, water, cocktails….. you name it….. without any added sugar (except that damn addicting cherry coke. DAMN YOU!). About a year ago, I went for a month without any sugary drinks. At all. Total cold turkey. I was used to drinking about a soda a day, coffee with cream and sugar, AND tea with honey at night. That month, boy it was rough. But you know what? All that sugar in my drinks are just WAY too sweet now.
I’m not really making a case for this coffee am I? Oops. Bear with me folks, bear with me.
I had never had coffee this way before, actually brewed with sugar water instead of adding sugar in after. It was pretty great actually! Not something I would do on the regs, but absolutely something new and unexpected that I can now say I have tried.
It really makes me want to try brewing coffee and tea with other types of infused waters. Cinnamon and clove? Chocolate mint? Hazelnut? COFFEE BREWED WITH EARL GREY TEA!? Whoa. Whoa.
Well, enough chatter. Here it is, your ‘recipe’:
- 40 oz filtered water
- 12 oz panela broken into small chunks
- 2-3 Tablespoons freshly ground Colombian coffee
Bring water and panela to boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring regularly to melt panela. Remove from heat, let sit 5 minutes.
Place ground coffee in a small french press. Pour aguapanela over coffee until french press is full. Reserve remaining aguapanela for another use, or another cup of coffee.
Brew for 4 minutes, stirring once. Plunge french press and serve coffee immediately.
Have a great day friends,