Day two of my aphrodisiac of the day countdown to Valentine’s Day!! Today I want to write about cardamom infused coffee. I hope you find this interesting and try it! It may just spice up your Valentine’s Day!
The smell alone of roasted coffee beans alone is a stimulant. Caffeine is well-known to stimulate the mind and body but too much can have the adverse effect, it can become a depressant. Coffee should be served small amounts to use as an aphrodisiac. Great for the ‘all-nighter’!
I love cardamom. I use it when I am cooking Middle Eastern dishes and in the Middle East, they call it ‘hel’. Cardamom is very fragrant; the aroma is fresh and strong. There are two types of cardamom, green and black. Green cardamom seeds are the fruit of a ginger-related plant. They are picked when young and dried for use. Green cardamom is used for more sweet dishes like baklava or some Scandinavian deserts. Black (aka wild) cardamom is similar to the green cardamom’s aroma, but black cardamom has an earthier component that could be called smoky and is used in more savory dishes like curries or garam masala.
Today I will give you the recipe for Turkish coffee, pairing coffee and green cardamom. This is a traditional coffee drink in the Middle East, originating from Turkey- thus the name! In the Middle East and in some Middle Eastern cafes or markets, you can find prepackaged coffee with green cardamom, but today you will learn how to make it fresh. It is simple and will get you and your partner going on Valentine’s Day!
Cardamom infused coffee (or Turkish coffee)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon of extra finely ground coffee (powder consistency)
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, or 1 cardamom pod
Sugar to taste (optional)
Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan.
Remove from heat and add coffee and cardamom.
Return saucepan to heat and allow the coffee and cardamom mixture to come to a boil. Remove immediately from the heat when coffee foams.
Again, return to heat, allowing the coffee to foam one more time and remove from heat again immediately.
Pour into cup, and allow it to sit for a few minutes for the grounds to settle to the bottom of the cup. A cardamom pod in the finished coffee and cup may be served for added flavor and cute decor.
Coffee making Tips
Turkish coffee must always be served with foam on top.
If you can’t find finely ground Arabic coffee, you can purchase a bag of coffee at any coffeehouse and ask them to grind it for Turkish coffee. You need to have a powder-like consistency.
Do not stir after pouring into cups; the foam will collapse and the grounds will not be settled making the coffee annoying to drink.
Lastly, always use cold water.
Nonfood idea for cardamom and coffee on Valentine’s Day
For body scrub
Mix together and use on dry skin to exfoliate gently
1 cup finely ground coffee beans (espresso sized grounds are great)
½ cup natural, unbleached sugar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Gently rub on dry skin
1.5 cups sea salt (or Epsom salt)
2 drops of rose oil
2 drops of cardamom oil
Pour all into bath, get in and relax!
For extra romance, use fresh rose petals to garnish your bath