Magickal Aspects of Coffee
Could your morning brew be doing more for you?
Most of us enjoy a good cup of Joe. It’s tasty and gets us moving. Why not?
If you are like me you really look forward to your morning cup (or pot if it going to be one of those days).
In many cases coffee is fairly basic, you can find it anywhere, and since most people drink it, most of us don’t give it a second thought. Here even the most basic ingredient is something more! Here we discover that coffee is far more than a simple energy-boosting beverage.
Coffee is rich in legend, history, and depending on where the beans are grown; Coffee offers a variety of flavors. So, before you chug another cup of coffee to stay awake through your next exam, or to improve your athletic endurance; let’s first take a look at the different flavors of some varieties of coffee have to offer. A little later we will discuss the different Magickal benefits coffee offers.
The movement of home coffee roasting has taken many kitchens by storm. Mine included. These days, I’m past the caffeine buzz, and more into it for the flavor and aroma. A few years ago a good friend and fellow coffee coinsurer, got me into home roasting.
Honestly, I was hooked after we tasted some of his own home roasted brews. Home roasters are not too expensive (considering their specialty), and are well worth the expense. If you are a serious enthusiast, this is a hobby I highly recommend.
The process of selecting, roasting, and tasting the variety of singular coffee flavors is a delicious eye-opening experience. This is where you can discover the unique flavor of each variety of bean related to its country of origin. I have grown a unique and deep appreciation for individual flavors each region lends to the coffee bean. Here is a look at some of my favorite varieties, their country of origin, and flavor notes.
– Blueberry, sweet, spice, bakers’ chocolate, with a smooth rich finish.
Colombian Narino Supremo
– Dried fruit and brown sugar tones.
Papua New Guinea
– Very sweet and clean with a little ginger and a bakers chocolate undertone
Indonesian Sumatra Lintong
– Clean with earthy tones and chocolate
In just these 4 varieties you can see how the flavors vary. There are dozens of varieties out there to sample and savor. Some with distinct fruity tones and others with earthy and savory notes. I never thought coffee was so diverse.
If you can’t roast your own beans, try finding a good local coffee house that roasts its own beans. This will give you a good glance at the favor palate available.
Of course, I know you want more…
Beyond a popular beverage, we can also value coffee for its Magickal and culinary uses. Coffee is a versatile plant that lends a great deal to us. Take a look and you will see what I mean.
Coffee, Magickal Aspects:
Dispels nightmares, encourages hard work, removes internal blockages, and infuses intentions with stamina.
Sprinkle on your altar to encourage summoned spirits to work harder toward a goal. Drink in Magickal workings to remove internal blockages, to “get out of your own way”. Drink as part of a daily morning devotional.
usually brewed and enjoyed as a beverage, either hot or cold. Coffee is also paired well with spices and other foods like chocolate. Coffee can be used in desserts and sparingly in savory dishes. Try marinating beef in coffee some time and taste the indulgence.
Preserving & Storage:
Coffee is best kept in the whole bean form until ready to brew. Grinding just before brewing will ensure the freshest flavor. Roast and store in the whole bean form for no more than 10 days. May also be stored in the freezer for slightly extended storage.
This is a very delicious drink I discovered through some play and improvisation. I found plenty of recipes out there for Café Mexicano, but could not find one I really liked. It can be made with or without alcohol depending on your preference. How you serve this recipe will give you an indulgent morning brew or a delicious adult beverage to serve with dessert… you choose!
- 8 cups water
- 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/2 oz. Cocoa powder
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 stick cinnamon broken in half
- 8 scoops whole bean coffee French press grind
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 cup brandy optional
- 8 tbsp. coffee liqueur optional
- Half & Half optional
Bring water to a boil, add brown sugar, chocolate, cloves, and cinnamon; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Pour the sugar and spice mixture into French press and top with coffee and vanilla. Steep for 5 minutes, and then press.
Serve hot, add the Brandy, coffee liqueur, and half & half if desired.
Magickal Ingredients -
Coffee: Dispels nightmares, encourages hard work, removes internal blockages, and infuses intentions with stamina
Cinnamon: Personal & spiritual power, spirituality, healing, success/victory, protection, love, luck, lust, strength, and prosperity.
Clove: Protection, banishing hostile/negative forces, and achieving desires
Enjoy your coffee…
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