Thursday, May 20, 2004


Just got the results of a coffee survey. We asked all sorts of people in all kinds of places what their favorite flavor coffee was. And the top flavor? Hazelnut. Followed by Irish Creme and closely chased by Chocolate Cream Brulee.

Most of the "flavored coffees" in the Cracked Cauldron will be flavored on the spot, either in the brewing or through flavored milks and syrups.

And we created a Frosted Coffee that is luscious: espresso, cracked ice, sweeteened condensed milk, fresh blueberries, and almond syrup - whirled up into a thick, creamy cold beverage for the hot Oklahoma day. The blueberries heighten the flavor of the coffee (we used Dead Man's Reach dark roast), the almond syrup and sweetened condensed milk give it just the right balance of sweetness, and the ice makes it as thick and cold as a 7-11 icee drink.

We'll try other fruits in this - and frozen fruits, too, to see if there's a difference in flavors and textures. And I'm thinking a cold Black Forest Frosted Coffee: espresso from a Vienna Roast, chocolate syrup, maraschino cherries and syrup, cinnamon, sweetened condensed milk, ice. Doesn't that sound yummy?

Or a Mayan Dream - espresso, ice, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, hot pepper sauce, vanilla, dark chocolate syrup.

I know the Cracked Cauldron will be opening in the fall, so thinking of iced coffees seems a little wrong, but it's hot now. When better to test out next summer's recipes?

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