In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the 3 eggs, 1 1/4 cup of sugar, the seeded vanilla bean, and the 2 tablespoons of coffee. I used Philz Coffee, a fav of mine here in SF. They have this Manhattan blend that is AMAZING and full of chocolately goodness.
In the pan that you are going to bake the brownies in, melt the half stick of butter and then combine the 1/4 cup cream. Bring the mixture to a boil and then add 8 ounces of chocolate. Reduce the heat and keep stirring it until all of the chocolate has melted. This should take not longer than a minute. Remove from the heat and let cool once mixed.
In a separate bowl, combine the 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 3/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix it together.
Now add the egg mixture to the chocolate, mixing it thoroughly. Then fold in the dry ingredients.
Now get baked! I mean, bake the brownies in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, checking it with a toothpick for readiness.
If you paid close attention to my main photo, you probably saw some joints in there. I made these with dried lavender. I wouldn’t suggest smoking them.