We found this recipe years ago in the book about Traditional Chinese Medicine and Theory of Five Flavours, and it’s my partner’s favorite way of making coffee. We both are coffee lovers, always keen to find a new way of making it. This way of making coffee is considered to be the most gentle for the stomach and blood pressure.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine coffee is seen and used as herb, so it means it should not be overdosed. 1-3 cups of coffee per day is fine, but as I said it’s important how you brew it. The way you brew your coffee is also very important. You can prepare it in two ways – brew it by pouring boiling water into the ground coffee beans (or use a coffee machine) or boil it. Each one has different nature and different properties.
Brewed coffee removes fatigue, improves intellectual effort, brightens the mind and stimulates creativity. But for most of the people causes restlessness, heartbeat, dizziness and insomnia. People who suffer from hyperactivity, high blood pressure, with weak spleen, liver, kidneys and intestines, can feel heat imbalances which are often experienced as ulcers, heartburn and excessive sweating. Coffee brewed in coffee machines is more gentle, and tends to cause less issues.
While boiled coffee has not only different taste, but also different nature and properties. Boiled coffee is more gentle and soft in taste. It’s warming, stimulating for all body, especially kidneys, improves digestion, tends to soothe rheumatic pain, migraines and even PMS. In TCM boiled coffee is advised for people with allergies, asthma, cough, colds, with weak spleen and stomach. It also cleanses gallbladder and increases and warms blood circulation.
If you like coffee but you have this kind of problems, try boil it and see how it works for you. Add spices as you like, cinnamon will make it more sweet, ginger more spicy, cardamon and cloves gives it a bit wintery taste. And it also smells delicious when it boils 🙂
boiled spiced coffee #ketofriendly #nosugar
- 2 full tsp ground coffee
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (sweet and woody)
- pinch of cardamon (citrusy and fragrant)
- pinch of ginger (pungent and spicy)
- pinch of ground cloves or 3-4 cloves (warm, strong, sweet and bitter)
- 500 ml water (I use ozonated)
Put the coffee and all the spices to a small pot, pour the water in and heat to boil. Then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Leave it for few seconds, so the coffee grounds will fall on the bottom. Pour to the cup and enjoy 🙂