Coffee brings back good memories, strong nostalgia, and associations for many.  

Coffee is a multi-sensorial experience. Beyond the sense of taste and smell which are strong enough on their own, coffee has a sound. The sound of coffee is often the first sound one hears in the morning maybe even before the alarm clock.  

While the taste, smell, and sounds all provide strong associations…coffee is still so much more.

Coffee is also a social excuse.  There is a coffee shop on every corner of every city each with their own smell, environment, people, and music. If you want to catch up with a friend, you “do’ coffee. Many business meetings happen around the local coffee shop table. Friendships are strengthened while sipping coffee.  

Certainly, there are worse vices than morning coffee – in fact, the consumption of up to three 8 oz. cups of coffee a day has been proven to be good for you.  Health Magazine (May 2011) reports that drinking caffeinated coffee may help protect brain cells against certain diseases such as Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s,  and against liver disease due to its antioxidant properties.  Java can help boost brainpower, especially to sharpen memory and keep you alert.  And the caffeine in coffee can speed up metabolism which can help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Whether you drink a warm cup of coffee that really hits the spot to wake you up in the morning or you cool down with an ice coffee ever day, here are some great ideas for your coffee:

  • Add some pumpkin pie spice and/or cinnamon. Yum!!
  • If you are really adventurous and have time, you can add real pumpkin puree, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to your milk and coffee
  • A little vanilla extract goes a long way
  • A little hot chocolate mix, milk, and your brew makes for a great mocha
  • Put a peppermint patty on the bottom of the cup and pour your coffee on top, mix and enjoy
  • A little bit of ice cream on top works really well

This Father’s Day you can treat the Dads in your life to delicious homemade goodies made with or from his favorite drink (or one of them).  

As the bold flavor of coffee is enhanced by creaminess, it is a natural choice for bread pudding and cheesecake, and don't forget chocolate and cinnamon are also complementing spices.  All these recipes make perfect DIY homemade coffee related gifts for Dad.  

From a big batch of cold brew with How to Make Cold Brew Coffee to a homemade Ethiopian Coffee Spice Blend you can give the gift that keeps on giving or try one of these tasty treats. 

Using instant coffee is fine for most of these recipes, but be sure to use one that is robust and full-flavored such as instant espresso.

So brew yourself a pot to enjoy along with these desserts and drink to your good health!

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