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Cardamom Coffee Concentrate

January 28, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Serves depends how you use it
Author Notes

A trip to Denmark in the mid '90's prompted a love of all Nordic things: amber, clogs (they even sold them in some of the supermarkets there), and food. Upon returning home, I churned out traditional remoulade, copied pastries I had eaten, and made renditions of my friend Simon's mother's recipes. Hearing of friends' travels to Finland hastened another recipe frenzy which included a Christmas where only cardamom scented pulla yeast braids were given as a present. For this challenge out of the box thinking was in order. I had about two cups of leftover strong coffee lurking in the fridge and some cardamom seeds (sans pods) in the cabinet. I had read about Rhode Island coffee milk which is basically strong sugared triple brewed coffee concentrate (a few tablespoons) stirred into cold milk, like chocolate milk. As soon as it heated up on my stove with sweet musky cardamom coffee whiffs coming into the next room I couldn't help myself but to sip it undiluted from a spoon. Enjoy it in cold milk or added to ice cream. I am thinking of pouring it over a freshly baked banana bread also. —testkitchenette

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons cardamom seeds
  1. Put the coffee, sugar, and cardamom seeds in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and dissolve sugar, lower heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain into jar.
  2. In a glass measure about 2-3 tblsp. of the coffee syrup and then top with cold milk. I think it would be great as a riff on an egg cream with seltzer and milk too.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • mrslarkin
  • Sagegreen
  • testkitchenette
  • drbabs
  • wssmom

9 Reviews

mrslarkin April 15, 2011
Oh man, I totally forgot about this one! Probably would not have submitted mine had I remembered!
testkitchenette April 15, 2011
We were in the same mind set...one can never have too much coffee concentrate!
wssmom April 16, 2011
You both rock!!!!
mrslarkin February 3, 2011
I love this recipe! I bet it would also make a great home made Manhattan Special!
testkitchenette February 3, 2011
Many thanks mrslarkin! I agree about the Manhattan Special DIY. I am pretty sure I was the only 8 year old I knew who used to drink that!
Sagegreen January 31, 2011
Great idea! I have some cardamom tea which I could add to coffee, too.
testkitchenette January 31, 2011
That sounds delicious...I have loved reading in Jaden Hair's (Steamy Kitchen book) about the coffee tea blend she drank when visiting Hong Kong when she was young!
testkitchenette January 28, 2011
Thanks drbabs! I am fighting the urge to keep on drinking it right now!
drbabs January 28, 2011