I can't remember when I last used cardamom so I wasn't too optimistic that there would be any in my spice cupboard. I found a little plastic bag labeled "cardamom" in my cupboard, but when I opened the bag and took a sniff I might as well have been sniffing a never-used plastic bag. No fragrance whatsoever!
After a trip to the store and with a fresh bottle of cardamom in hand, I whipped up the crumbs for the cake. I did this in the food processor and I don't recommend this method because my crumbs were way too small--more like cereal dust in the bottom of the cereal bag.
We stayed up late playing board games with visiting kids and I got up early to bake the cake. All went well (aside from the not so pretty crumb topping). Two family members had to hit the road early so they took their fresh-out-of-the-oven pieces on a paper plate--not the most ideal presentation. The rest of the family ate up the remainder of the coffee cake and commented that it had "complex flavors", "It's like coffee cake but different", and "spicy but not cinnamon spicy."
Thanks to Jill of Jill's Blog for choosing this recipe for the Tuesdays with Dorie gang- - - it gave me an opportunity to add another spice to my collection!