May 5th, 2009

December 9, 2008

I am a fan of liquor in coffee, which I suppose isn’t all that unique in the world when there are such good things to spike coffee with. This morning, however, after waking up with a hangover I don’t remember earning (must’ve been a sleepless night last night!), I decided to go simple, and since I am a charter member of my friend Kate’s twenty-book Patrick O’Brian book club (the name’s changed a couple of times, beginning with the exclamatory Book Club Of The World! and currently going by Around O’Brian in However Bloody Long it Takes), I decided to make boiled coffee.

Now if you read the excellent Lobscouse and Spotted Dick (Which It’s a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novels) by Anne Chotzinoff Grossman and Lisa Grossman Thomas, you will find that boiling coffee is not looked upon fondly by the primary characters, which, frankly, is why I decided to make it. Kate loves these damn books and I am so damn sick of them I actually think my spontaneous hangover might be the result of my attempting to stay up late last night in order to finish The Ionian Mission (Book Number Eight!) in time for tonight’s book club meeting. I suspect I might have been drinking a lot of grog at the time, justifying it on the grounds of being in the spirit of the book (spirit–do you smoke it? Hahahahahaha!) but hoping it would knock me out eventually, thereby giving me an excuse to pass out without actually deciding to stop reading, which would’ve caused me some guilt as I absolutely promised to help keep this book club going no matter what it took.

Okay, I guess I remember why I’m hung over.


Boiled Coffee is made with fresh medium-ground coffee, cold water, and eggshells, the last of which help the grounds to settle. It’s a thicker, stronger brew than your normal brewed stuff. I, of course, have to doctor everything, so here’s what I made this morning, which is also a lovely Christmassy sort of beverage for holiday celebrations due to the subtle spice flavors added by cardamom and clove.


4 heaping tbsp fresh-ground coffee

4 cups cold water

2 eggshells, crushed

2 white cardamom pods

3 cloves

*Throw everything into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and boil for at least five minutes. Strain and serve.

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