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Ground Zero Coffee recipes - These supersonic recipes for making and serving mind-blowing coffees will start you off right! Great brews are the the launch codes to great coffee flavor. What's the good of buying the most flavorful beans, grinding them fresh, then brewing them into a nasty, rag flavored concoction?

There are as many ways to brew coffee, as there are ways to... brew coffee! Check out our recipes, below.

St. Patrick's Day Irish Coffee

On Saint Paddy's Day, everybody's Irish! Irish Coffee is as much a mixed drink as it is a coffee drink. With authentic Irish Whiskey as its main ingredient, this cup is for grown-ups! We can't imagine this for just one person alone -- you'll need a few friends neaby so you can have an authentic, Saint Paddy's Day toast!

Yield: 1 serving per fellow Irishman

First, put together this collection of goodies for each cup of Irish Coffee:

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar per Irishman
  • hot, freshly brewed coffee, enough for a mug for everybody
  • 1 jigger (3 tablespoons) Irish whiskey per Irishman or "to taste"
  • whipped cream, sweetened if desired (the canned stuff is fun for parties)

Use those cool, footed mugs you see in bars, or your usual breakfast mugs will do. Fill each mug with hot water to pre-heat it, then pour out the water. In the warm mugs, combine the sugar, coffee, and whiskey; top each cup with a generous dollop of whipped cream. You may dollop your fellow party-goers, too, if desired.

Good Morning, Vietnam!

Cafe Sua Da/Cafe Sua Nong is Expresso iced or hot coffee with condensed milk

This is a very strong coffee rush, and a tasty sweet drink, hot or cold. The Vietnamese adapted this method from French coffee methods, since they were overrun by the French before being overrun by Americans.

In Vietnamese restaurants and cafes, they bring you an individual drip pot of dark-roast coffee and a glass with sweet condensed milk. The coffee slowly drip brews. When it's finished brewing, you pour your fresh brewed coffee in the glass with the milk and enjoy. Vietnamese roasts and drip pots are available in Southeast Asian markets, but any strong, rich tasting coffee, and any method to brew strong coffee, will work as well.

Yield: 1 serving.

  • 2 tbsp. sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 oz. strong black coffee

Cafe Sua Nong (hot)

Put milk in an 8 ounce glass. Drip brew black coffee in Vietnamese drip pot or other method. You want that layered effect, so pour coffee into the glass gently, being careful not to disturb the layer of milk. Stir milk up from bottom and enjoy.

Cafe Sua Da (iced): Brew coffee as above. Use a larger glass, so you can add your ice. Add ice cubes to the sweet milk to fill the glass, then and pour coffee into glass, as above. Looks cool, tastes fantastic.

Waaah-Hooo That's Strong!

Who needs a filter? Look, the grounds won't kill you. You can have a wicked shot of caffeine on the mountain trail. Why bring along a lot of foo-foo backpacker's coffee-making gear when all you need is a pot and a cup? (Screw the cup - just drink from the pot.)

Yield: 1 pot.
  • 3/4 cup of your favorite grind
  • 1 quart water

In a saucepan or "authentic chuck wagon coffee pot," bring water to a boil. Add ground coffee and return to boil. Immediately remove from heat and cover. Wait till the grounds sink (about 5-6 minutes). Don't try to add cold water to make the grounds sink - you'll just have cold coffee - duh! Serve in your favorite camping mugs. Don't drink the dregs of the coffee - pour 'em on the dirt. Cowboy coffee may NOT be good to the last drop, but it's one hell of a hot jolt!

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Great coffee always starts with good brewing.
It ends with you drinking it.

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