Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee
Coffee. The alarm clock buzzes each and every morning at an ungodly hour; you slowly wake up, check your emails, update your Facebook status, scroll through comments and likes on instagram. Slowly the realization that you need to get out of the warm cocoon of blankets creeps up on you, thoughts of a freshly brewed vanilla bean coffee convince you to place your feet on the floor, and you slowly head to the kitchen. One, two, three scoops of beans are placed into the grinder; the blades whir and the distinct aroma of freshly ground beans assault your senses.
The coffee plant has a long and rich history. It was first discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th century. The first coffee drink was discovered by accident when it was claimed that plucking the leaves of the plant and boiling them in water would create a drink that was said to have medicinal powers. By the late 14th to early 15th century, citizens of Istanbul and Yemen had begun to utilize the green bean. Roasting the bean in pans over open fire then grinding down the beans and adding water created what is essentially modern day coffee. Coffee houses began to open throughout the city and the general public quickly became enamored with the drink. Coffee houses became a mecca for writers, poets, and the creative minded.
Vanilla beans in many ways are as familiar in smell and taste as the coffee bean. Vanilla bean varietals each have their own distinct aroma, size, flavor, and appearance. Much like coffee beans, each variety will bring out the subtle but unique differences of the coffee you choose. To create a very flavorful infused coffee, I choose a dark roast coffee and an equally rich and flavorful vanilla bean.