Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What Exactly Do You Mean By "Coffees that Aren't Coffee"?

This blog is maintained from the lovely offices of Sasqauatch Books in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square. As you can see above, a cursory search of "coffee" within a one-mile radius produced staggering results.

If, however, you find yourself at a distance somewhat more removed from your local coffee shop, you might consider one of these two possibilities:

Grow Your Own Coffee Beans:

The coffee plant (genus coffea) is native to east Africa. It looks like a small tree or shrub and grows up to 8 feet tall in a pot (up to 15 feet outdoors). A dwarf variety gets only 3 feet tall. Coffee can be grown in a temperate-zone garden if you transplant to a container and bring inside for the winter. The coffee plant is quite ornamental with its scented white flowers and shiny dark green foliage. The coffee plant can't survive a frost and needs some shade to protect it from excessive sun. It can be grown outdoors in the California coastal area from about Santa Barbara on south. Pacific Tree Farms says their variety is hardy to 28 •F.

Substitute Something Other than Coffee Beans:

Unlike real coffee, "coffees that aren't coffee" can safely be shared with children. It's more comfortable than saying "That's not good for you; you can't have any," while they stand there watching you drink it. The wise psychologists say our children imitate what we do and not what we say. In their innocent devotion, they try to follow the truest form of our behavior.

Who knows, perhaps even the most caffeine friendly among you will soon be devoted to this recipe for an inventive coffee substitute.

Roasted Grain Coffee

Combine 8 c. wheat bran, 3 beaten eggs, 2 c. cornmeal, and 1 c. molasses or sorghum.

Spread the mixture on a cookie sheet and bake slowly at about 200 •F, stirring often.

Boil with water to serve.

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