Normandy Coffee

"From *The World Encyclopedia of Coffee* -- Per the intro, "Normandy is known for its apple orchards & gives its name to many dishes made w/apple juice or apple sauce. This recipe blends the flavour of apples w/spices for a delicious & tangy coffee drink." This is non-alcoholic as written, but is easily converted to a warming coffee toddy as mentioned in a note after the prep. *Enjoy* !"
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  • Bring all ingredients to a boil over mod heat. Reduce heat & simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain into a serving jug or pot & pour into cappuccino style cups, adding a cinnamon stick to ea as desired.
  • NOTE #1: The recipe did not say otherwise & my assumption is that unsweetened apple juice is preferred, but sweetened can be used at your option.
  • NOTE #2: For the alcoholic version, replace 1/4 of the apple juice w/Calvados, added when the heat is reduced to simmer in Step 1 (DO NOT allow the Calvados to boil).

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  1. I have to agree with Jen and Mikekey. I started with fresh made espresso and it still got lost in the taste of the apple and strong orange. That said, it did improve as I slowly sipped on this kick back Sunday morning. The spice is lovely and don't be shy with the cinnamon. I really think that the very best way to enjoy this would be to make it well before you want to serve it and then reheat or enjoy it over ice.
  2. I have had coffe like this is Normandy, so I knew what to expect! I like coffee served this way, spicy and yet with the strong taste of apples too. I thought about using apple juice for about a nano second, and then reached for the calvados, well, you know me Darlink! I made this for 2 people, and we slurped it down with gay abandon! I can see why this may be an unusual taste for some, but for me the coffee and calvados is a great combination, and the spices are subtle and add that special touch. Merci encore Twizzle, made for PAC Spring 2010 and a great boozy coffee! FT:-) NB: I did not use the oranges, but added a few slices of apple to the coffee to brew.
  3. I didn't care for the first couple of sips, but it grew on me. It is more like a wassail, as Jen mentioned in her review. I wasn't sure about the oranges. 3 oranges seemed like too much, so I used 3 slices of a large orange, and it was plenty. The spices were just right. It was a warming drink on a cold day.
  4. I rearranged the ratio of apple juice to coffee. My version had far less apple juice. I only added a shot of apple juice. I thought about making this iced but made hot. The flavor was interesting-I don't know it it were my favorite combination but I'm glad I tried it. (Sorry, I am not a fan of calvados, but I think it would be better suited to the recipe.) It was a fun experiment in the laboratory the other day! Made for the Beverage tag game.
  5. After reading all the reviews twisted, I used a very strong espresso, a little Calvados, 3 thick slices of orange, ground my spices fresh and really enjoyed this lovely treat. This coffee drink had layers and layers of flavor and did not disappoint. Certainly not your standard coffee but a wonderful new experience. I did scale it back for 2 people and once again drank it all myself. I am a very happy camper. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Made for the Fearless Red Dragons - ZWT8 - France.


I am an American transplanted from Dallas to Iceland by marriage to a native Icelander & I retired to become his "Kitchen Queen". We love to entertain our family & friends, so I have an eclectic collection of recipes. I especially love simple, easy-fix, flexible & make-ahead recipes - BUT also like challenging myself on occasion. I enjoy baking & food photography. I am devoted to the "More is Always Better Principle" & apply it liberally to bacon, butter & garlic. I can have ingredient issues due to availability here in Iceland & my DH is medically diet-restricted from some ingredients as well. Either situation might require me to modify a recipe, but I will do my best to be true to your recipes & fair/honest in my reviews. Mary Pat (aka twissis)
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