Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #99 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!
This week – a recipe!
I want to share one of my all time favorite summertime drinks (besides anything with lemon in it), AND show you THE easiest way to prepare the base.
When we owned our little coffee shop a few years ago, I first learned how to make iced coffee. Up until that time, I’d always made a regular ol’ pot of coffee and then added ice and flavoring. It wasn’t exactly comparable to a Starbucks product, but well, it served its purpose.
Anyway, as the owner of a coffee shop, I discovered that I needed to know how to make cold brew, which is basically coffee grounds steeped in cold water to create a seriously intense concentrate. When you use this as the base for an iced coffee drink…ah, my friends, this is a whole new ball game!
When preparing it for our customers, we wrapped freshly-ground coffee in HUGE paper filters and whipped up a 5-gallon bucket. It usually lasted only 2 or 3 days, and then we made a fresh batch. Oh, those were the days…
Many recipes I found for a home version of cold brew involve using loose grounds and endless straining. And who has the time for that?
So let me share with you my secret to easy peasy cold brew: take 1/4 – 1/3 cup of ground coffee (freshly ground is best, but if you’re using ground coffee from the store, make sure it’s a robust blend!), pour it in a paper filter, and tie it up in a bundle with some twine. (I have a roll of cotton twine that I keep in my utility drawer for just this purpose.) Place three of those sweet little packets in a 2-quart pitcher and fill with water. (I place a small, clean glass over the coffee packets to keep them submerged.) Keep it in the refrigerator overnight, and then remove the packets in the morning.
If you’re a real stickler for a clean (no-grounds) brew, you could strain this through cheesecloth or pour it through your regular coffee filter into a clean pitcher. But I think you can see from the picture below that you’ll have very few floating around. (And when you get better at tying the packets, you’ll have even less!) Many plants will enjoy used coffee grounds, so dump them in the garden so they don’t go to waste!
That’s it! This will keep in the fridge for no more than a few days (if it lasts that long), and then you’ll want to make another batch… If you want to use it for a plain ol’ iced coffee, make sure you’ve made coffee ice cubes (using left over regular coffee when you have it) so that you don’t dilute your drink. If you want to use this as a base for an aMAzing frozen coffee drink, try one of these recipes:
Mocha Skinny Afternoon Pick-me-Up
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 packet Stevia or 1 T sugar
1Tbl vanilla extract (you could also use almond)
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
2/3 cup cold brew
Place in the blender with a few regular (or coffee) ice cubes for a cold, refreshing concoction. Enjoy with a smile!
Good Morning Caffeinated Protein Blaster
1/2 cup cold brew
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
1 tsp cocoa powder
1-2 ice cubes (optional, but this makes it more “slushy”; and use those coffee cubes if you have ’em!)
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder or “healthy shake mix”
Whip it up in your Nutriblender or whathaveyou, and enjoy!
Check out our “All About Coffee” Pinterest board for even more yummy iced coffee creations!
Iced coffee in its various and sundry presentations is a wonderful treat to enjoy poolside with the family, or to share with a friend on a slow summer’s afternoon… Try it and let me know what you think!
Now on to this week’s features!
One of the things I love about our homeschool co-op is that we host a high school graduation ceremony every year! HomeschoolDiploma.com shares an outline of how to do it up right – everything from soup to nuts…
You know us and our bucket lists…but BookShark takes it a step further and gives us some ideas just for teens!! Got any to add??
Looking for a unique fun summer art project? Our Unschooling Journey Through Life has just the ticket! I’m rather intrigued by it…
Quick! Easy! Yummy! If you’ve never tried Sesame Noodles before, summer is most definitely the time to do it…thanks to Frugal in Florida 🙂
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