It's no secret that I love coffee, and even more so after I heard the results of a new study conducted by the National Institute of Health, that indicates that people who drink coffee extend their lifespans! (+15% for women and +10% for men). Read about it in this Time Magazine article entitled "Coffee: Drink More, Live Longer?", with the byline "coffee drinkers who really like their cup of joe appear to have a leg up in the longevity department." I am doing a little jig over here.
Yes, I do love my java, but there's a downside to this affair in that I like it with sugar. And at the same time that positive studies are coming out about coffee, there are negative ones coming out about ingesting too much sugar. phooey. But Nick has come up with an excellent solution to my sugar-in-coffee desire.
I bought him this stainless steel flour shaker (from Lee Valley) for Christmas, with the thought that he'd use it as intended, for flour, when he's baking. However, he immediately put it to use for something else. Over the past 4 months he has tweaked a seasoning mixture to sprinkle over a cup of coffee, that has so much flavour that it reduced the amount of sugar I use!
Here's his winning combination:
One part each of ground ginger, all-spice and nutmeg
Two parts each of cinnamon and unsweetened cocoa powder
Mix this together and put it in a shaker. A regular salt shaker would probably work, but if you want one like ours (which comes with a lid that's not in the picture), the link above will lead you to it in Lee Valley's on-line catalogue.
In these photos we are serving it atop homemade cappuccino which I previously demonstrated here Making Cappuccino. In fact, coffee being such a favourite around here, I've also previously done posts on:
Making Cafe au Lait
Making Mocha Coffee
Making Coloured Sugar
There is no need to spend the big bucks on take out coffee when you can make the fancy ones at home! Plus then you get to enjoy them in your pjs.
Here's wishing you a great Friday! It's the beginning of a three-day week-end here and the weather is expected to be fantastic. Let the fun times begin.
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