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Date: 14 September 2014. Flavored Coffees (economical versions)
 

Who me? A Trekkie?  Whatever gave you that idea?!?


As autumn begins to be felt in the air I look forward to one of my favorites: Flavored coffees. I used to buy packages from the Dollar Tree (five cups per box) and liked them. However the price along with my coffee consumption levels... well, suffice it to say I needed to come up with an alternative. One I could afford to indulge in without concern. And I have.

Side Note: I've tried and enjoyed both the Chocolate Raspberry Coffee and the Peppermint Mocha instant coffees offered in those small boxes at discount stores. However, to get them you need access to larger towns and bigger stores than are available in this area of Florida's Big Bend.
 

The Big Bend is the area of Florida where the state turns and heads south. It is sparsely populated.


So, when my supply of flavored coffees disappeared (how could that happen?!) I needed an alternative. And one that didn't cost a ton of money was of course a goal. That's when I came up with my own version of both chocolate mocha coffee, mint chocolate and even a version using anise. All are pleasing, and economical.
 


Below, the pretty blue Depression glass egg cup is my Skipper's water dish at the dinette. It's important to keep her well hydrated. The First Mate sits next to me and I noticed she wasn't drinking enough. Surmising it required more effort to get down to her regular water glass than she was willing to do in the heat of the summer, I made her a special dish near me. She drinks more now and that's important.

Her paws are allowed on the fiddle (teak edge that keeps items from sliding off the table) but not on the white Formica. And yes, she knows the difference.




You might also note the eye dropper next to that bottle of anise. Well, what I did was drill the top of the bottles and insert the droppers in them. Now it's simple to get out precisely how much I want and no more spills!  Drill in the center of your cap and insert the dropper squeeze part. Voila: one easy dispenser for practically zip.
 

 

Flavored Coffees ala Seaweed

 

First of all, know I'm not a coffee snob. I'll drink almost any coffee and find it okay, however I do prefer Kava brand to others. The label says it's Acid Neutralized and I find it sits better.

Some sailors such as Edwin formerly of S/V Concord like tea, but that's okay too.

 

Edwin is always smiling, and his kids are nice too.

I usually opt for weaker coffee. By making mine about half strength, the additional flavorings added ramp up the taste quite nicely.

Preferring sweetened versions, I add both instant creamer (the cheapest off-brand I can find) and a bit of sugar. Natural if available, but light brown (or dark) when the budget is a bit tighter.

Chocolate Mocha Coffee

  • 1 level teaspoon instant coffee

  • 1 level teaspoon cocoa powder

Mint Chocolate Coffee

  • 1 level teaspoon instant coffee

  • 1 level teaspoon cocoa powder

  • Using the dropper, add 3/4" of peppermint

Licorice Mocha Coffee

  • 1 level teaspoon instant coffee

  • 1 level teaspoon cocoa powder

  • Using the dropper, add 1/2" of anise

 


Those are my three favorite coffees. Come aboard Seaweed in the winter and the coffee will be hot. In the summertime, it will be chilled or iced if I've got any. It won't be plain though -- not unless you prefer it so.

Are you a flavored coffee fan, or do you prefer it straight?
What other additions do you add to your coffee to jazz it up?

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