Throughout most of my adult life, I have had coffee every morning. Sometimes, it's just me getting ready for the day ahead, having a cup (or two) and enjoying the quiet.
Sharing the Moment
My favorite coffee moments, though, are those that I share.
Sometimes, I have morning coffee with my oldest son or with my husband and usually, every afternoon my husband and I have a cup together just to talk.
Coffee is something we bond over and it's something I look forward to each and every day and when it comes to Christmas and the holidays, I try to make it just a little more special with this easy-to-make Christmas Coffee.
This recipe requires some very basic spices, one main ingredient, and the perfect coffee pot.
I used the Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure coffee maker (hover the image above to find out more details and 'click' to order one for yourself or to give as a gift).
Growing up, my husband's family owned a restaurant and one of his favorite memories is of coffee...all day! Which, I must admit, sounds a little bit like heaven to me.
He remembers the aroma of fresh coffee and pots being made throughout the busy day and into the night.
That memory is one I love to create in our own home.
I like to make a pot and have it at the ready for not only the family but anyone that may drop in.
The holidays are the best time for friends and neighbors to stop by and when you open the door to invite them in and the smell of a fresh pot of Christmas coffee greets them, it is perfectly warm and welcoming.
Another way to create that welcoming vibe is to have a small area set aside at the ready for guests....ours includes the Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure coffee maker, some pretty mugs and spoons, and coffee add-ins.
You'll be surprised how many guests and family members appreciate these special, easy touches.
Sweet, Spicy, and Smooth Christmas Coffee Recipe
Now that I've shared the basics, let's get to the recipe.
½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon Ground Cloves
¼ cup Orange Marmalade
Food grade cinnamon sticks *optional
Let's start with the basics, the Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure coffee maker.
I enjoy using this coffee maker for so many reasons, including its ease of use and the consistent results achieved.
The new easy to use color-coded measuring system makes it simple to add the right amount of coffee grounds and water every time. The system gives guidance so there's no more guessing. You'll have consistently better-tasting coffee each and every time.
Another plus is the advanced water filtration system that further improves taste by removing impurities in water. I have hard water and this is an easy way to ensure that my coffee always tastes amazing.
I started by filling my pot to the 6 cup line with fresh, cold water.
Next, I grabbed the color-coded scoop and proceeded to add my coffee grounds. As you can see above, for 6 cups of coffee, I will use 1 ½ scoops of coffee grounds. Everything is color-coded which makes the process so easy and consistent. For this recipe, I'll be relying on the yellowish/orange coding.
Mr. Coffee® is easy to use, uncomplicated, creates reliable results.
Pour the water into the back of the machine and continue to the next step.
I added the grounds to a coffee filter in the larger brew basket which holds 25% more coffee grounds when compared to the Mr. Coffee® 12 cup coffeemakers standard nylon filter. A larger brew basket means more coffee for friends and family which is a huge plus. It means more time sitting, chatting, and enjoying.
Only Mr. Coffee® keeps it simple to make great coffee and as little or as much as you want so you can get on with life.
Next, I added ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the coffee grounds.
Add ⅛ teaspoon cloves to the grounds as well, gently mixing to incorporate it into the grounds.
The final ingredient is ¼ orange marmalade which you will add directly to the bottom of the carafe.
Place the carafe back in place and start brewing.
Once your pot is brewed, gently remove it from the maker and stir gently with a wooden spoon to mix in the marmalade.
You're now ready to serve Christmas Coffee. I dusted a saucer with some cinnamon and powdered sugar and included a cinnamon stick for stirring.
The coffee can be served as is or cream, sugar, and whipped cream can be added.