I think the history of coffee is very interesting. Did you know it originates from Ethiopia? It is said to have been the cause and cure of many a war. In the civil war when they ran out of green beans (not the veggie, actual green coffee beans) to roast in a skillet or their tin cup they often used chicory.Chicory is that purple flower that you see growing along the road sides. It has a long tap root that can be roasted or put in salads. I love the idea of foraging for foods. I try not to bug Stephanie too much about this! I definitely want to try making my own chicory coffee this year. I've read that it's very flavorful and rich.
I'm the only one in my house that enjoys coffee so I have a little 2 cup coffee maker. Actually I think it's a 4 cupper but I think that's relative to the size of your cup! I'm used to making coffee in my little coffee maker so when I had to make a whole 12cup pot at our band concert last week, I totally screwed it up. It was awful. It tasted like motor oil! (and looked like it too!) Note to self: If one tablespoon makes 1 cup, that doesn't mean that 12 tbsp makes 12 cups. No, no it doesn't!
Needless to say.... I won't be buying any espresso machines anytime soon!