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Old 10-05-2012, 05:41 PM   #11
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We only have decaf coffee now and I think that would work fine
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:22 PM   #12
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My best guess is that the coffee is not for the purpose of adding flavor but rather to enhance the other flavors already in the stew. I've heard of adding coffee to chocolate for the purpose but adding it to stew is new to me...then again, why not, it makes sense if it works for chocolate. I remember Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, said her secret ingredient to tasty chocolate cupcakes was to add a little coffee to her batter.
That is exactly right. I use coffee (in various forms - espresso, instant, decaf, regular drip, etc) for my signature chocolate cake. You don't taste the coffee as such, but the different types heighten the chocolate taste in subtly different ways. I could see it used in savoury recipes too such as the stew!
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Okay--I'll use regular coffee. LP--what about tea to stew? I have added coffee to chocolate-based desserts (expresso, instant, etc.), but never to a savory dish.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:30 AM   #14
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Okay--I'll use regular coffee. LP--what about tea to stew? I have added coffee to chocolate-based desserts (expresso, instant, etc.), but never to a savory dish.
I think if you were to add tea to stew it would be best to steep it separate and add it at the desired strength. Tea can get bitter and I don't think that would lend itself to stew. I think some of the more fragrant teas such as jasmine, earl grey and even chai would work well! At school we once infused rice with chai tea and it was really nice!
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:27 AM   #15
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Coffee adds depth to the flavors of the recipe, a robust quality that tea just can't deliver.
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I agree, Mollyanne, but in some circumstances, like the rice, it can work nicely!
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:43 PM   #17
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Use your regular coffee. Don't sweat the small stuff. It is not the caffine that is adding the flavor, but the coffee itself.
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I agree, Mollyanne, but in some circumstances, like the rice, it can work nicely!
Oh yes LPB, with rice, I can certainly see that.
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