(Technically, this is a very easy Vietnamese Coffee recipe I got from my friend, Ron Mikulak of the Louisville Courier Journal. It's so easy that even a harried Loomis can make it. It prepares itself overnight with no work, which is clearly an advantage for Willie. And in chilly Maine, it can even make itself without electric power. Most importantly, it provides much needed energy for daytime operations, given that the adventures of Collinwood usually begin at sundown with no time left for catch-up sleep during the day. It's the official morning drink at the Collins Foundation and got us through many a marathon day. - Patrick McCray)
From the Desk of Willie Loomis:
Yah gonna need:
One regular-size French press coffee maker. If they have them in several sizes, choose the middle-sized one. Ah'm busy, Julia; ah don't have time for countin' ounces.
1 measuring cup. If ah ain't got one of those, ah use most of a mug.
Light roast, ground coffee. They try and fool you with dark roast. See, Adam, light roast's got more zip to it.
Sweetened, condensed milk. In case ah need wake up Maggie, 'cause Barnabas'll be here any minute. An' it's sweet, see? Like her. And ah don't want nothin' bad happenin' to her.
Tall tumbler or glass. Like a highball glass. The kind ah borrowed from Burke.
Here's whatcha do:
Put a heapin' cup of the ground coffee in the French press.
Pour in water until it's full. But not so full as you'll spill it on that old rug he likes and make him hit you with that cane of his.
Chill it in the icebox.
Wait about 8-12 hours. That's it.
Strain it with the press.
Take that highball glass Burke's lookin' for and put in a finger or two of the sweetened, condensed milk. Few tablespoons. Depends on how sweet you want it.
Pour in that cold-brewed coffee. Ah gotta nervous stomach 'cause Adam finally ate that chicken leg, but this don't hurt as much, 'cause the cold brewin' takes out the acid.
Mix it up real good and drink it. That'll keep you goin' till you make it to the Blue Whale so they can Irish it up.
- 1 cup of ground coffee beans (any flavor or roast you like.
- Chill 8-12 hours in refrigerator.
- Pour into a glass with 1-4 T of sweetened, condensed milk.
- Mix and drink.*
*If you want it to have even more kick, make a batch of the pre-sweetened coffee a day earlier and pour it into ice-cube trays. Freeze those and use them as cubes in the Wake Up Willie.
(Note: Willie Loomis screencap courtesy of WILLIE LOOMIS SAVES COLLINSPORT, which you really should visit.)