Coming from an Armenian background, I love playing with traditional variations of Armenian dishes and making them my own. Most cuisines, like this one, are heavily influenced by the surrounding areas and terrain.
Armenia is located in the Caucasus mountain region, between the Middle East, Russia and Europe. It’s a melting pot of culinary influences due primarily to the fact that after the Armenian Genocide in the early 20th century, Armenians scattered across the globe to Syria, Lebanon, The US, Canada, Ethiopia, Australia and many European countries.
With that diaspora came the influence of new culinary styles and influences, making Armenian cuisine incredibly unique. This recipe is a really delicious and fun variation of a traditional coffee drink often served in a stove top kettle. This time we’re using a French press and playing with some fun ingredients.
1/2 cup of medium body coarse coffee
1-2 cups of hot water
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp of date sugar (optional)
1 tsp of cardamom (optional)
Pour your coffee grounds into a French press. Then place all the dry ingredients into the coffee press.
Pour the hot water in, filling the French press to the ridge at the top. Mix really throughly and let steep for 2 minutes.
Then stir the French press again, ensuring all the ingredients are mixing and dissolving together.
Wait another 2 minutes and then serve.
You can add any milk of choice is you prefer, however this is a really devious way to drink black coffee if you prefer it that way.