Grounds In My Coffee….

I’m never sure if the actual lyrics are clouds or grounds in the coffee.  Grounds makes much more sense to me, so I’m going with it…

Every once in a while I get a wild hair to do something a bit different.  Like make pumpernickel bread.  (To be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure I even like pumpernickel all that much, but sometimes you just have to humor with your urges.)  One of the ingredients my recipe called for was instant coffee grounds. 

I realize in many homes (including my mother’s) one would simply reach into the cupboard and grab the container of instant coffee.  I, however, live in Seattle…otherwise known as Latte Land.  The only socially acceptable coffee (other than that from a latte stand) is whole beans that you grind yourself.  Snobby? Perhaps…but the freshly ground flavor is so much better.

So, I went on a search for instant coffee.  After visiting seven stores, I finally found a dusty container shoved to the very back of a shelf.  Despite the fact that I threw a whole mess of other items on the checkout belt to camouflage my embarrassing item, the cashier still shuddered when he rang up my coffee.  He started to ask me if I had meant to purchase that, but I managed to stare him down with my Wicked Mom Glare before he could complete his sentence.  

I quietly smuggled my contraband into the house under thflavors_ciswirl_photoe cover of darkness, desperately hoping that none of my neighbors would notice what I had.   Relieved to have made it safely in, I took a moment to examine my loot.   My new container of instant coffee happened to be cinnamon flavored.  I have to admit that I was really curious at this point.   Cinnamon is right up there in my top three flavors.  (The others being coffee and chocolate of course) I was sorely tempted. 

The next morning, the container was still there, luring me on.  I’m not too proud to tell you that I gave in to temptation.  I put a spoonful of those heavenly scented flavor crystals into my mug and added boiling water along with a bit of creamer and stirred away.  Could anything possibly be better than coffee and cinnamon that was ready instantly?  Had I just opened the gate to a secret addiction? At that point I simply didn’t care. 

As I brought my steaming mug up for my first sip, I noticed that all of the crystals hadn’t dissolved yet.  I decided that it didn’t matter, I was going to drink some anyways.  So I did…and wound up with a mouth full of coffee grounds. 

Upon closer examination, none of the packaging actually said that the coffee was instant.   All I can figure, is that I picked up a container of the brand of instant coffee that my mom uses, assuming that all that brand can make is instant coffee.  (Either that, I was brainwashed by the promise of cinnamon!)  Faced with all those wonderful smelling coffee grounds, I had no choice but to actually brew them.  To my delight, it’s actually pretty good…especially without grounds floating on top. 

But please don’t tell anyone I said so…

I just found out that my buddy Linda started a blog and is having a contest to win a year’s subscription to a cooking magazine.   Please go over and enter and let her know that Susan sent you.  I’m hoping she’ll give me extra points and maybe I’ll win.  (Or it could be you and I would be just as happy!) Although goodness knows I could use all the cooking help there is!  😀  

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16 Responses to Grounds In My Coffee….

  1. Hilary says:

    Too funny, Susan. All I know about Seattle (which isn’t much), I’ve learned from Frasier. And they couldn’t get more coffee-snobbish than that!

    I don’t think I’ve had instant coffee since I was in my teens and I’m pretty certain that I wouldn’t like it. Cinnamon coffee does sound good.. I know I like the spice in my tea.

    Did you ever end up making pumpernickel bread?

  2. Patsy says:

    Haha, You little brat! It serves you right getting the wrong coffee. As soon as I seen that picture of your coffee container I knew that you had regular grounds. Every one (except you) knows that instant comes in either a screw on bottle or a flip top lid type. You could at least get the right flavor you silly girl. Taster’s Choice is the only way to go. Oh well, I still love you!

  3. Peggy says:

    Did this knock the “must bake pumpernickle” urge out of you?

  4. Becky says:

    This is totally something I would do. Hehe.

  5. sillydreamer says:

    LOLOL, Susan!!!!!

    Actually it IS clouds in my coffee but really, WTH does that mean? She also uses the word “gavotte” in that song so at this point I think we just have to go with it. I’ve been eyeing some Peppermint mocha instant coffee and I think I might give into that also. It’s Texas so that’s not a big deal at all.

    I have Wicked Mommy Glare too. My eyebrows raise up slightly and I narrow my eyes just a little. My kids know to back up and change course asap lol.

  6. Linda says:

    Hey Susan … thanks for the shout out! You’re great. And your blog is awesome. I haven’t stopped by in months … your posts are so good, I’m gonna back-track and catch up.

    Nothing wrong with being a coffee snob … I’ll admit. I haven’t tried cinnamon flavor though.

    Well … did you make the pumpernickel bread?

  7. Amanda D says:

    I would totally do the same thing to. I didn’t realize that they made coffee that wasn’t instant. I guess you use the non-instant stuff in a coffee maker? I don’t drink coffee as you can tell. The cinnamon would make it more tempting though!

  8. Your story is too funny. I hope the brewed coffee was luscious.

  9. tommie says:

    call me slow, but the stuff in the plastic jugs is instant? I though that the stuff you just mixed with water was instant….if you have to put a filter with water….that is SO NOT INSTANT….it takes almost a minute of my time to do all that! …..measure four scoops, fill water to eight…..brew….add three splendas, a little dash of Pumpkin Spice creamer….enjoy my little “INSTANT” caffeine nirvana…

  10. Nora Bee says:

    Hilarious! My mom hates coffee but drinks shots of instant for migraine prevention, and now that my folks have retired to Seattle she has her friend back east send her instant coffee. I’m sure she’d lend you some for your recipe… 🙂

    It is a blessing and a curse, the Seattle coffee snobbery. I bet your cinnamon coffee tasted that much better for being forbidden…

  11. Susan says:

    Hilary~I understand you can learn even more about Seattle by watching Gray’s Anatomy. I’m not big on tv so I couldn’t tell you. Um…bread????

    Mother…do I have to block you???? Behave!! (and you have to love me…that’s your mission in life)

    Peggy~uh…pretty much!

    Becky~I’m so glad I’m not alone in this. 🙂

    Silly Dreamer~I’m all for using seldom used words just for the fun of it! As for that Mom Glare, I can’t tell you how many times that has come in handy.

    Linda~Glad to see you!

    Amanda~Obviously you haven’t been living in the PNW long enough LOL

    Ruth~it was actually pretty good. I’ll make it again….if I ever foolishly run out of beans.

    Tommie~Nope, I found out the hard way it isn’t instant. I always set my coffee pot up the night before and wake up to the sound of my beans grinding. Then the scent of freshly brewed beans is like a snooze alarm. Oh, and I LOVE pumpkin pie creamer. Yum.

    Nora Bee~shots of instant? Ewww Couldn’t she like drink a coke or have some chai or mountain dew or ANYTHING else??? That’s sweet of you to volunteer her coffee for me. My mom will be here in the RV next week though…I’ll just steal some from her when she’s not looking! Shhhhhh…

  12. This makes me happy I’m not a coffee drinker. I have to go to Starbucks for an Americano when I want to make my famous chocolate cake.

  13. Lisa's Chaos says:

    So I guess it wasn’t as tasty as you’d hoped. Did you end up making the bread? We too grind our beans then brew. 🙂

  14. lynne says:

    OH Susan!

    You and my husband must have been on similar wave lengths. He was drinking his coffee on the way to work and lifted his mug to get the last bit and got a mouthful of *stuff* instead. Turned out when I filled the cat bowls that morning some kibbles had gotten into the bottom of his mug unnoticed.

    At least yours was cinnamon flavored. 🙂

    He said it didn’t make the coffee taste any different really …

  15. Ann says:

    My hubby keeps instant coffee in our cupboard and to make matters worse it’s decaf!!!! =/ hehe. I’m a snobby Seattlite through and through when it comes to coffee. BUT, um yum on the cinnamon. That could possible sway me. 🙂

  16. Susan says:

    Jenn~Just use instant!

    Lisa~nope, I never did make that bread.

    Lynne~LOL that’s just too funny. It could be like instant breakfast!

    Ann~You know…I’ve taken to putting a couple spinkles of cinnamon into the basket where the ground beans fall so that the cinnamon brews in there too…it’s wonderful!

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