Learn how to make this wonderfully comforting spiced winter coffee: topped with cream, spiced with star anise and cinnamon, sprinkled with and cocoa, well, maybe I should let you try for yourself.

– 5 cardamom pods, a bit crushed – 2 cinnamon sticks – 2 star anise – 1 quart water [2 liter] – ½ cup heavy cream – ⅓ cup powdered white sugar to whip the cream – 1 cup freshly-ground coffee beans – ⅓ cup brown sugar  – 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder


In a large saucepan, combine cinnamon sticks, cardamom seeds, star anise and 1 quart water [2 liter]. Simmer over very low heat until the liquid has reduced to half. Strain and discard all the solids, careful not to scald yourself.

Step 1:

In the meantime, whip the heavy cream with the mixer wire attachment at medium-high speed until it forms soft peaks.  Add powdered sugar and whisk until it forms firm peaks (2-3 mins).

Step 2:

Add the ground coffee to the bottom of the french press, and add the boiling liquid you just strained. Let it rest for 30 seconds, then press.

Step 3:

Pour the coffee into six tall glasses and add brown sugar to taste. Top with a swirl of cream, and sprinkle with cocoa. Serve right away with a coffee stirrer or spoon.

Step 4:

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