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coffee Archives - Kimberley Seldon's Dabble

A Taste of Café de Olla


Mexican Coffee
Warm, sweet and spicy, a steaming cup of Café de Olla is a perfect kick start to your day. Traditionally prepared in a clay pot (the Olla), I prefer to serve this spiced coffee in a big cappuccino bowl. Café de Olla (cah-FAY day OY-ah) is sweetened with little cones of rich, dark unrefined sugar called piloncillo which give a delicious burnt-sugar taste to the coffee, and are easily found in Mexican grocers, at coffee subscription companies, such as Best coffee subscription box, or online at www.mexgrocer.com.

4 cups water
1/2 cup grated piloncillo (or dark brown sugar)
4 cinnamon sticks
2/3 cup coarse ground dark roast coffee
3 cloves
1/4 tsp anise seed (optional)

Special Equipment:
Fine sieve
Cheesecloth or French press for filtering

Place water, sugar, cinnamon and cloves in heavy bottomed pan. Stir over a medium high heat until sugar is dissolved, and bring to a boil.

Stir in coffee and remove from heat. Allow to steep for about 5 minutes.

Strain through fine sieve or cheesecloth or pour into French press and push plunger down to filter. Pour into mugs and serve. Sprinkle with anise seed if desired.

Note: This is quite a sweet coffee, so reduce the amount of sugar if you usually drink your coffee unsweetened.

Serve with: Churros or pan dulce (Mexican sweet rolls).

Savannah: Top 5 Food Experiences

1  Take tea at the Gyphon Tea Room and you’ll nibble on tea sandwiches and scones in a turn-of-the-century pharmacy with original stained glass ceiling and wood panelling. . Fresh salads are also worth digging your fork into.

2  Save some dough by sharing a New York style pizza at Vinnie Van Go Go in the City Market.

 The Pirate’s House may have been the drinking spot back in the 18th century, but it’s still a top watering (and dining) spot. There are fifteen separate dining rooms and a resident ghost, Captain Flint (made famous in Treasure Island) who is said to appear in the Captain’s Room.

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The Pirate’s House

4  Sure, fresh seafood is plentiful in Savannah, but if you love crab take a 20 minute drive to Deposito’s Seafood Restaurant (recommended by interior designer Lynn Morgan). It’s the locals’ secret spot, so shhh, we didn’t tell you.

5   Beautiful exterior window displays will likely draw you into The Paris Market on Broughton Street. Shop the French inspired wares and then enjoy a café au lait before you resume your walking tour of Savannah.

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The Paris Market

A Taste of Maria Theresia (Austrian Coffee)


Austrian Coffee

No doubt Austrian empress Maria Theresia swooned over this creamy orange-scented coffee named in her honour. Whether you are writing the next Great American novel, reading Kafka on your iPad or simply watching the world go by, a steaming cup of Maria Theresia is appropriately indulgent and certain to take the chill off crisp, spring days.

Not an orange fan? Substitute rum for the Cointreau to make a Fiaker.



1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 tsp powdered sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

boiling water to warm glass

3 shots freshly brewed espresso

2 tsp sugar

3 tbsp Cointreau or rum

1 orange, zested

1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, grated

Special Equipment:

Fine sieve

Cheesecloth or French press for filtering



Whip cream with powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Cover and chill. 

Fill glass with boiling water and allow to stand for about 1 minute. Discard water. Place liqueur and sugar into bottom of serving glass and stir.

Pour espresso over liqueur and top with a generous swirl of freshly whipped cream. Garnish with orange peel and grated chocolate.

Note: Brewed espresso can be substituted with 3 ounces strong dark coffee.

Serve with: A generous square of your favourite dark chocolate.


Austria is well known for its Sachertorte and Strudel, but next time you visit this dessert lover’s country be sure to try the Marillenknoedel. These delicate dumplings are made by wrapping sweet, ripe apricots in soft lemon and vanilla dough before coating them in crunchy, buttery breadcrumbs and dusting with powdered sugar. Try one and we promise you will forget you ever came for the chocolate cake.

A Taste of Kah’wah (Turkish Coffee)


Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee (or Kah’wah) is thick, intense and all about the foamy layer that sits atop its rich, chocolate coloured depths. Made in long-handled pots originally designed to brew coffee over the hot desert sand, the hint of cardamom brings a suggestion of the Middle East to this bold brew. Since Turkish coffee is not filtered, be careful not to drink the grounds in the bottom of your cup, which are traditionally turned out into a saucer and used to tell fortunes.



1 cup water

1 tbsp medium roast coffee, extra fine grind

1/8 tsp ground cardamom or 1 cardamom pod

1-2 tbsp sugar to taste

Special Equipment

Turkish coffee pot (a cezve or ibrik)

Demitasse cups to serve



Combine all ingredients in Turkish coffee pot or a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved.

Watching carefully to avoid boiling over, bring coffee to a simmer over medium heat. Remove pan from heat when surface is covered with foam.

Using a large spoon, scoop up foam and divide between serving cups. Place coffee back on heat and reheat until surface is covered with foam again. Repeat this process for a third time to create more foam.

Pour remaining coffee slowly into cups to avoid breaking foam, and leave grounds in pan. Let coffee sit for one minute until grounds settle. Discard cardamom pod if using. Serve at once.

Serve with: A little pillow of Turkish delight and a tall glass of water.

Ask your barista to grind beans for Turkish coffee.

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For the Tim Hortons fans on your holiday gift list, the TASSIMO brewing system is the ideal solution. It brews Tim Hortons coffee exactly the way it is meant to be at the touch of a button.
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A Taste of Café Sua Da


Vietnamese Coffee

After a long day exploring the colourful and dizzying streets of Saigon, visitors regain their cool with a tall glass of iced Café Sua Da (cah-fay soo dah). Made with rich and creamy condensed milk, which doesn’t spoil in the tropical heat, this sweet and refreshing brew is a Vietnamese classic. Use a strong French roast, or coffee and chicory blend like Café Du Monde, to get the authentic bold and slightly bitter flavour.



2-3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (Longevity brand is authentic)

2 tbsp medium coarse ground French roast coffee or Café du Monde

1 cup boiling water

1 large glass of ice for serving

Special Equipment:

Vietnamese coffee press (ca phe phin) or French press



Place condensed milk in bottom of glass. Place coffee into base of Vietnamese coffee press and screw lid on tightly. Position the press on top of the glass containing condensed milk.

Pour boiling water into press and let coffee drip for about 5 minutes. (Alternately, brew coffee using a French Press and pour over condensed milk.)

Stir coffee and condensed milk together. Pour into tall glass filled with ice and drink with a straw.


Serve with: A fresh cream puff or mochi (soft rice cake).

Lemon Anise Biscotti


Biscottis are a great morning snack. Here’s a scrumptious recipe that we found on the blog Italian Food Forever.

Lemon Anise Biscotti

Yield: Makes 3 Dozen
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins

Crisp twice baked cookies that are perfect for dipping.

2 cups All-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1 tbsp anise seeds

1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon sheet.
3. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. In a separate owl whisk together the eggs and sugar until light and thick, then add the extract, zest, and anise seeds.
5. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and stir until mixed.
6. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for a minute until smooth.
7. Shape the dough into a log about 3′ wide and place on the prepared baking sheet.
8. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the top is firm to the touch.
9. Remove the pan from the oven and reduce the heat to 325 ºF.
10. After 10 minutes, using a serrated knife, cut the log into slices about 3/8′ wide and lay the slices flat on the baking sheet side by side.
11. Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes more, turning over halfway until very light brown. (The cookies will crisp up as they cool)
12. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Fun and Functional Living Space


Lakeside views are uninterrupted with large windowpanes that touch the ceiling.

TIP: If you are building from scratch and want floor to ceiling windows make sure to accommodate draperies and shades within the ceiling like interior designer Kimberley Seldon does here.

To read more about, visit Issue 7: Apr/May’12.

Read the entire article ‘Take 3 – Coffee Table Time’ in Issue 7 of Dabble.

Seattle Coffee and Donuts

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Despite being the birthplace of Starbuck’s Coffee, or perhaps because of it, Seattleites prefer to root for the little guy—the indie coffee house that sees coffee preparation as an art form. They roast their own fair trade beans out back, grind them to order, then create miniature works of art in froth that only last as long as you have to sit, sip and savour the creation. Here, the term barista is a smart career move, and coffee is serious business.

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Indie Coffee Houses

In a city buzzing with tech start-ups it’s not unusual to find CEOs (of a company of one) working off a café’s WiFi for hours at a time. Best geek ‘offices’ are Fuel in Madison Park and Zoka in Greenlake. For a straight-up good vibe, Zeitgeist in Pioneer Square is our pick, with Victrola Coffee Roasters and Espresso Vivace on Capitol Hill a close tie for second. For an artists’ hang-out try All City Coffee in Georgetown. For great food to go with your specialty brew, Le Pichet near Pike Place Market and her sister establishment, Café Presse in Capitol Hill, do fine French fare in a Euro-cozy atmosphere.

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Donut City

We love Mighty-O Donuts who recently took home top honours in a national Food Network Challenge event. In true Seattle style they are 100% organic and mighty tasty. The flagship store of a Seattle favorite, Top Pot Doughnuts is a must-do to get them fresh and hot.Try a Feather Boa for a bit of donut glamour. Grab a bag of mini donuts from Daily Dozen Donut Company while you wander Pike Place Market.