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With Father's Day coming up, we thought it would be nice to create some coffee based recipes, especially if your Dad is a coffee fan. But even if he isn't, these dishes can be enjoyed for their underlying coffee flavor, which many non-drinkers can still appreciate. If he really is a Coffee Man, get him a new coffee maker; or make the Coffee Gelatin and present it to him in a new mug for breakfast--but be sure to tell him the coffee is supposed to be like that.
Many cooks use coffee in their recipes to create depth of flavor--it especially pairs well with chocolate in desserts. But it can be used in savory dishes too, as a sort of spice to give your cooking an added dimension. You could think of it like wine in cooking--different kinds of wines are used to bring out certain flavors in foods; the same can be said for seasoning with coffee. Try our Zojirushi coffee recipes; you might discover a new taste that goes beyond your morning cup of Joe.
Coffee is the hidden ingredient here--it will help to bring out the flavor of your meat when cooked, and paired with a soy sauce dressing, there's no better way to enjoy a steak. Have it with a side of white rice instead of bread for a change!
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Coffee gelatin is a dessert that has been around in Japan for ages. It's regarded as an "adult" dessert because it is coffee, and you'll soon see why if you try this. You can simply top with a layer of creamer too, for a more elegant touch.
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These delightful little pastries are easier to make than you think because your Breadmaker will make the dough. Coffee pairs well with bacon to make a surprise filling when you bite into this sweet/savory snack.
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Fragrance abounds from this special jasmine rice dish that is every bit as exotic as it sounds. If you love the delicate flavor of crab, try this mix of carrot juice for color and aromatic jasmine--it might become a family favorite and a permanent addition to your recipe box!
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Earlier we talked about comparing coffee to wine when using it as a cooking ingredient. Like wine, coffee has complex flavors that appear in layers--over 900 unique flavors have been identified by coffee connoisseurs, which is actually a third more than wine! Clearly there's a lot more to flavoring your cooking with coffee than commonly known.
If you're interested, there are more coffee recipes on the internet than ever before--from celebrity chefs to mommy bloggers, the recipes can be as simple as blending a cup of dark roast with ham scrapings to make gravy, or you can experiment with different coffees to create your own BBQ rub. And like wine, you'll find that using strongly brewed coffees work better with beef and red meat, where the dark roasted flavor won't overpower your meat. The lighter roasted coffees are better with poultry and fish, where you'll taste the effects of the coffee more. Like we said, it's more than a drink to the imaginative cook!
Where do you think the most expensive coffee comes from? Jamaican Blue Mountain? Hawaiian Kona? No, the most expensive coffee bean is Indonesian Kopi Luwak, selling for up to $600 a pound and up to $50 a cup! A lot of the expense might be coming from the exotic (if you can call it that) way it is produced. Apparently this bean is harvested by separating the beans from the feces of the Asian Palm Civet, a weasel-like animal that loves to eat the raw berries. The soft outer berry is digested, but the seed or bean inside is not; the defecated coffee bean is then picked out from the feces and collected. Huh?!
It is said that Kopi Luwak coffee harvested in this way, by free range civets in the wild, have 2 characteristics that make it the best in the world and worthy of its price. The first is that the civets are naturally selecting the best coffee berries to eat, so only the best beans are passing through the animal's digestion. The second is that the civet's digestive system is injecting enzymes into the coffee as it ferments, improving the quality of the beans. What?!
The coffee industry, however, mostly dismisses Kopi Luwak as a gimmick rather than a real coffee.
Coffee Truths
All coffee is grown only in the tropics in the world, between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. In the U.S., Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.
Coffee is the 2nd most traded commodity on earth. The first? Oil.
The nickname, "Cup of Joe" comes from WWII, when coffee became the favorite drink of the American G.I., whose nickname was also "G.I. Joe".
Americans drink the most coffee in the world--we are responsible for almost 35% of the world's coffee consumption (over 400 million cups a day).
"Instant Coffee" was first invented by a Japanese chemist named Satori Kato in 1901. The first person to mass produce it was an English chemist named George Washington in 1906.
Starbucks®, recognized as the largest coffee chain, has over 15,000 stores worldwide; yet they sell more milk by volume than coffee to make all of their dessert coffee drinks.
Brazil is the world's largest producer of coffee today; a 3 billion dollar industry for them. In 2001, Brazil produced a coffee scented postage stamp to commemorate their main crop.
Easy-access swing basket and filter basket lift out for thorough cleaning
200°F high brewing temperature* heats water to the right temperature to brew flavorful coffee
Drip prevention mechanism when the carafe is removed from the unit
Vacuum insulated stainless steel carafe keeps coffee hot for hours without the "burnt" flavor--conveniently portable to take anywhere for easy serving.
Clean light alerts you when cleaning is recommended
Removable water tank makes filling easy, and is fully washable
24-hour programmable timer delays brewing for fresh coffee in the morning
*Highest brew temperature when water temperature stabilizes is above 200°F, based on water at a starting temperature of
68°F, at a room temperature of 68°F, at 1200W. Temperature is measured in the middle of the coffee grounds inside the brew basket.
There are so many ways to brew your coffee and it all depends on what you like! While some experimenting may be necessary to get the coffee to brew just the way you like it, there are certain rules you can follow to optimize the quality of your coffee. Here are some basic guidelines for the best cup of coffee.  
Look for Quality Beans
Key to the best cup of coffee is fresh roasted, good quality beans. Coffee beans are best when used as soon after they have been roasted.
Grind it Right
It's best to grind your coffee beans right before brewing, since they start deterioration very fast. The size of the grind also matters! Your coffee could taste too flat or bitter depending on how you grind your beans.
Good Water and Water Temperature
Use good water. Tap water with chlorine will affect the flavor and impart odor. Use bottled or filtered water and avoid distilled or softened water. For optimal extraction, maintain water temperature from 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit and always remember the right ratio of coffee to water (2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water).
Voila! Your Coffee is Ready!
Enjoy your coffee! Smell the aroma and taste the difference. Try and pour your coffee into a warmed mug or a vacuum bottle to maintain the heat without reheating.
Into Flavored Coffee?
If you're into flavored coffee, experiment with powders and syrups like vanilla powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, almond essence and so much more! If you enjoy lattes and mochas, you can create your own gourmet drinks using foam making tools with cocoa powder and flavored syrups.
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Coffee Marinated Grilled Steak with Garlic Soy Sauce
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    Smoked Sausage Roll Bread
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    Puttanesca Rice Salad
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    Classic Coffee Gelatin
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Classic Coffee Gelatin
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Sweet Potato Curry Soup
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