First, I will admit that I LOVE coffee. Second, I will admit that I might be a coffee snob. There are friends of mine who are tea drinkers and they can tell you there is a correct way to brew tea. The same thing goes for coffee. But I am not going into those details.
During my "recovery" time two months ago, my husband did a bit of our shopping and he needed to buy some coffee beans for us. I do not shop exclusively at Starbucks, but I do admit they have several beans that I enjoy. We have a local shop that roasts their own beans: Stone Cutters. Besides having fantastic coffee they have scrumptious homemade cinnamon rolls. My husband happened to shopping at Target and decided to pick up a different brand of coffee. I hate to talk badly, but after my first few sips of this coffee, I told my DH I was pouring out the pot he brewed and making a different flavor of bean. This "different" bean he'd purchased left an aftertaste in my mouth that seemed like cigarettes. I am not a smoker. In the end, these beans left our house without being brewed again.
Shortly after this incident my husband and I went to Stone Cutters to grab a coffee and a cinnamon roll. We needed more beans and decided on two different pounds. The owner, Greg, assured me that one we chose only had hints of a fine cigar smell. I was apprehensive but trusting. Stone Cutters Espresso Roast was superb.
One of the reasons I head to Starbucks now and then is to purchase their Hazelnut Syrup. At home I like to add this flavor to my coffee. It's frustrating when sometimes they will sell me a bottle and other times they won't. It all depends on their supply. Lately I have been thinking I should learn how to make my own syrup.
After searching the web and not finding anything to my likings, I came up with the following recipe. This may be my new fav for adding to my home brews!
Hootie's Hazelnut Syrup for Coffee
2 Cups water
1 Cup white sugar
Mix together in small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Cool then add 1 TBSP of Hazelnut Extract. I have stored my concoction in an old Starbucks bottle; one that I have a pump for.
The trickiest part was finding the Hazelnut Extract. Thank goodness for specialty stores.
As an added funny, I must tell that I have been using Starbucks Hazelnut syrup for at least the last 15 years. When I would vacation with my husband's family on our annual beach vacation, I would always take a bottle of syrup with me. One morning one of my BILs commented that he'd probably add some alcohol to his coffee too if he was a coffee drinker and wasn't related to this bunch. I hated to burst his bubble that this was alcohol free. :)