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The Best Thing I Ever Ate – Ethiopian Coffee Blend


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I’m not really one for playing favorites.  Not with my kids or my friends and definitely not with food.  I just can’t pick one thing that is really the best.  So this wasn’t an easy task, but I do remember the best cup of coffee I ever had.  It’s amazing how roasted beans and hot water can be life changing, but the combination made Howard Schultz a billionaire and changed the way most of us start (or get through) our day.  But this post isn’t about Starbucks.  It’s about a cup of coffee I enjoyed a while back at an upscale restaurant in NYC.

It was the first time I really fell in love with a cup of coffee.  It’s been a challenge ever since to recreate that moment and I have become an insufferable coffee snob.  Usually great coffee doesn’t need any additional flavor, or even milk or sugar.  I called the restaurant for their recipe as a surprise for my husband and they graciously shared their secret blend, including the source for their coffee beans and it was one of the best presents I ever gave my husband for his birthday.  It really is the perfect give for any coffee lover, just mix it all in, place in a jar and tie a note around it.

All you need is really, really good quality coffee, like an Ethiopian Yrgacheffe, that is light to medium roasted so you can enjoy the floral and citrus notes in the varietal rather than the overpowering qualities of darker, espresso roasts.  You will also need some high quality cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods.  Here is my recipe adapted from the restaurant’s version:

Spiced Ethiopian Coffee Blend

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




9 Responses to The Best Thing I Ever Ate – Ethiopian Coffee Blend

  1. avatar says: stephanie

    sooo, which restaurant?!

  2. I agree, there is nothing quite so wonderful as a good cup of coffee. I don’t care for the spiced blends, but absolutely understand how you can choose this beverage as your #1

  3. I agree completely about coffee being #1. I prefer it plain, unflavored, but totally understand the coffee love.

  4. avatar says: Sina

    Tamar, this is so great. The way you write about it makes me want to drink a cup and I really don’t like drinking coffee!

  5. I hear you on falling in love with coffee and, as a working mom, it is also #1 on my list but not just because of glorious caffeine but because of it’s flavor. We went to Costa Rica for our honeymoon and that first cup of coffee was pure heaven!

  6. I love flavored coffees. Totally appreciate this and want to try!

  7. I love flavored coffees! Can’t wait to try this!

  8. I love coffee, and tea, but there is a special plcae in my heart for an amazing cup of coffee.

  9. This may seem weird but I’ve never seen cardamom pods, where can I buy them or can I use already ground?

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