Pharisee – the Delicious Coffee From North Frisia

Pharisee – the Delicious Coffee From North Frisia

Pharisees – Coffee with a shot

Deliciously sweet, a little hearty and at the same time nice and hot, that’s what a real Pharisee should taste like. Anything else would be bland and would not do justice to the name Pharisee. It is not for nothing that a judge personally gave this coffee drink its importance and helped it to achieve what this coffee is: a sweet pleasure that warms the room well.

The Pharisee is one of those hot drinks that are sipped through a thick hood of cream that covers the coffee. It is important with the Pharisee that the whipped cream is not stirred. Like most alcoholic coffee beverages, many coffee lovers like to drink the Pharisee in the evening because its alcohol content “heats up”. It is the warm rum that ensures a lot of warmth and a good mood while drinking.

Ingredients for a real Pharisee

For an original Pharisee, you need a good strong coffee. In North Friesland, the place of origin of the Pharisee, coffee lovers swear to brew coffee by hand. Only then would the Pharisee match the original recipe. You still need 4 cl of good quality brown rum and fresh, unsweetened whipped cream. Use normal white sugar to sweeten the coffee.

The ingredients:

  • 1 cup of hot strong coffee
  • A large serving of whipped cream (unsweetened)
  • 2 sugar cubes
  • 4 cl of brown rum

Preparation of the coffee specialty

In the families of North Friesland, normal coffee cups are used for the original Pharisee. In the cafés on the Frisian Islands, coffee is often served to tourists in a tall cup with a foot. Which cup you prefer depends on your mood and your favorite cup . However, it is important that the cup is preheated. To do this, briefly pour hot water into the cup so that it warms up nicely. You should also warm up the rum slightly.

Now put the sugar cubes in the warm cup and pour the warm rum over it. Pour the whole thing up with the freshly brewed strong coffee. Put a large dollop of whipped cream on top of the coffee.

The Pharisee must no longer be stirred. It is sipped through the cream. Drinking with a straw is also an absolute no-go. Spray cream is also forbidden, as this cream collapses very quickly and an original slurp is no longer possible.
The North Frisians also claim that for a real Pharisee a lot of love should also flow into the preparation and serving. Only then can it be guaranteed that the Pharisee warms not only the body but also the soul.

The Pharisee’s cradle

The story of the Pharisee begins in North Friesland in the yard of Peter Georg Johannsen in Elisabeth-Sophien-Koog on Nordstrand. It was October 1872, the farmer’s seventh child was baptized, and it was to be a wonderful festival. A welcome change from everyday life on the island for the hard-drinking residents of Nordstrand. But the pastor of the parish had declared war on the copious consumption of alcohol.

The pastor also came to the festival. Farmer Johannsen therefore had to use a ruse so that his guests could celebrate happily. He instructed his helpers to add a shot of rum to every coffeeexcept for the pastor, who should only drink pure coffee. And so that the cleric did not smell the alcohol, each cup of coffee had to be decorated with a thick cap of whipped cream. The plan worked and the baptism party became more and more cheerful and exuberant. This, in turn, struck the pastor as a bit strange. In an unobserved moment, he took a sip of coffee from the person sitting next to him. Lo and behold, this coffee tasted completely different from his. Immediately he recognized the ruse and shouted, completely angry: “Now I know, you Pharisees!” This is how the name of coffee was born and since then the Pharisee has developed into the national drink of the North Frisians.

When the court decides what constitutes an original Pharisee

But the story of the Pharisee did not end with his baptismal hour. It also received a judicial coronation.

109 years after the new coffee drink was christened, in 1981, a guest from Flensburg ordered a “Pharisee based on the original recipe” in a restaurant in Glücksburg. But he wasn’t at all satisfied with the taste of the coffee. For the guest, the Pharisee was tasteless. In his opinion, he had too little rum. However, the landlord found that 2cl rum in the Pharisee was sufficient. The guest refused to pay, so the landlord and guest met again in front of the judge.

The judge probably enjoyed this procedure. In the course of the taking of evidence, he had a Pharisee served with 2 cl rum and one with 4 cl. The taste test clearly showed that the Pharisee tastes more than bland with 2 cl. The judge therefore stated that this drink had only a slight alcoholic aftertaste. It is by no means a delicious, highly alcoholic drink. Furthermore, one can read from the judgment that the judge knew that the original recipe describes the drink as having a high percentage of alcohol and therefore clearly makes the addition of rum taste good. But that is not the case with only two centiliters of rum. According to this judgment, the guest did not have to pay his Pharisee. It has been confirmed that a real Pharisee must contain more than 2 cl of rum.

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A real Pharisee is distinguished by the following:

  • the strong hot coffee
  • the perfect whipped cream
  • and a good mix of rum and sugar in the coffee.

The Pharisee is a specialty coffee for late hours. With it, you will be nice and warm and the mood rises with the enjoyment.