Stir the coffee and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the boiling water and stir
well. Cool to room temperature and stir in the brandy.
Cut the vanilla bean into 2-inch pieces. Place them in the liqueur and pour
it into a large decorative jar. Cover tightly and store in a cool, dark place
for at least 30 days, turning or shaking the jar once a week.
Yield: about 6 cups
This will keep at room temperature for 3 months. Refrigerate it for longer storage.