These words may seem foreign now, but after trying a Vietnamese Iced Coffee they will seem like old friends.

Vietnam, colonized by the French in the 18th & 19th century, ranks today as a major exporter of coffee. Roasting coffee beans gives them distinct flavors, but two different types of beans exist, arabica and robusta, that begin with flavor of their own. Vietnamese coffee uses both of these types in their blends whereas a lot of the popular coffees now are using only arabica.

Here in the states a popular brand used for Vietnamese coffee comes out of New Orleans which contains chicory, a plant that has many uses, besides being used as a coffee substitute.

Iced coffee has become more prevalent in the United States recently, yet its creation has been credited to the Viennese in the 17th century.

As a hot and humid country, Vietnam,  also has a prevalence of Iced Coffee. However in the past a lack of fresh milk or cream lead patrons in the cafes to use a canned sweetened and condensed milk, thus the ca phe sua da was born.

A shining metal contraption sits atop a glass filled with a finger’s worth of the sweet milk. As you sit, the coffee drips into the glass creating a layered effect. Once the dripping has stopped, after a gentle stir,  pour the milk/coffee combo into a second glass containing ice. Meanwhile throughout this stirring and manipulating glassware the little coffee maker will sit on its lid to prevent leaking any remaining coffee onto the table top.

Chocked full of caffeine this beverage is not recommended for those who prefer sleep soon after dinner!

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Hot Stuff

April 8, 2010

A local winery here in Madison created a festival based around Hot Stuff, namely chile. Sponsored in conjunction with a local chile grower, this festival includes a salsa contest, a pot-luck and and vendors.

Taking this theme for our week-end menu you’ll see red (and green) as Chef Lucien pulls out the chile for a round of Hot Spicy Stuff.  Items like Carnitas and Shrimp Diablo dot our menu today. I doubt that he will stop there.

So before visiting the Fiery Foods Expo >>>> EAT. HERE. NOW <<<<<<  get your spice on then go and check out the vendors!

Score! Mugs Galore

October 13, 2009

Not exactly sure how to decide which mug to use. But, there will be some very seriously fantastic mugs to use at ChickiePoo’s. You will want to order tea or coffee just to see which one we pull off the wall for you.

Pulling a Shot

October 4, 2009

The intricacies of espresso outnumber the simplicities. In other words, getting a good tasting cup of coffee is tough. Kudos to Mikel at Pony Expresso for being a master at her craft.

This morning passed with us tasting and tossing. Never-the-less the caffeine from those tastes surges through my veins. It ought to be an interesting morning.