Originally Posted by ardgedee
My partner as well. It's usually safe for me to make coffee at home because I'm doing it a couple hours before she's awake (and the kitchen and bedroom are at opposite ends of the house). But if I've got something fragrant brewing while she's in the kitchen it can upset her.
Strangely enough, she rarely has a problem with gutbucket swill like what comes out of coffee vending machines. It's usually better-quality stuff that makes her feel ill.
Idea: try cold brewing coffee and let her try it. My girlfriend has the same issue, she does 1lb of coffee to ~8 cups water. Leave it overnight, wake up in the morning and get some hot water (if you have a Zojirushi, ~175 is good for me, 195 some mornings, otherwise just leave water on a coffee burner), I usually mix 4-5oz of coffee concentrate and the rest water in a 12oz cup. She does around 2 oz in a 8oz. It has SIGNIFICANTLY less acid, which is what tears her stomach up. I know I love drip, but after about the 4th or 5th cup my stomach feels acidic.
French pressing your coffee might also help, but that may be placebo. Either way, it makes hella fine coffee.
Sometimes I feel I was made to work with liquids of all sorts. I'm a heavy conisseur of tea, pretty knowledgeable in coffee and mixed coffee drinks, and have a terrible urge to learn more alcoholic drinks. But despite being 22, it's not because I want to get wasted. The problem with espresso based drinks is very simple: the espresso and syrup itself. While I can make well over 2 dozen drinks from various methods of milk, to messing with syrups for long enough that I feel I do alchemy with them now, you still have two very definite flavors.
Any flavor combination has to work with the espresso, which is a very bold, powerful flavor. While it may have roasted, floral, or fruity notes depending on the bean source and roasting process, it by nature WILL NOT taste good with a lot of good flavors.
Secondly, syrups are commonly used for espresso drinks. This means no matter what flavor profile you are trying to create, it will be sweet. While I have experimented with extracts, zests, and DIY brews of herbs (ACTUAL HERBS), it still doesn't meet what I'm looking for with some ideas.
In comes alcoholic beverages. While some are indeed sweet, others carry the flavor of their natural counterpart without being disgustingly sweet. One of my personal favorites is Grand Marnier. As a born and raised Floridian, I have an addiction to citrus. While I do enjoy a double shot of espresso with orange zest and dark chocolate shavings on top, it doesn't hit the spot all the time, especially if I'm looking for something light. Grand Marnier invokes the citrus taste without being overly sweet.
Now if only alcohol didn't have alcohol in it all the time T_T