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There is one drink that is loved around the world. It is made in many ways and consumed by millions of people every day. That drink is coffee. Most of us grew up with the smell of hot coffee brewing in the kitchen every morning. Most offices provide coffee throughout the day for their employees. It became so common to head for the coffee pot during your break the term “coffee break” was formed and is still used today
Cold Brewed Coffee
There are several ways to make cold brewed coffee. But the best way, in our opinion, is the easiest way.
What you will need
- A coffee grinder
- High-quality coffee
- Filters (cheesecloth is great for this and reusable)
- A storage container to keep it in
- A standard pitcher with a lid or a large jar with a lid
- Buy fresh coffee beans
- We cannot stress this enough if you want good coffee, stay off the coffee aisle at the supermarket. Buy your coffee (coffees) at a place that only sells fresh coffee beans like, Home Grounds.
- Coarsely ground your fresh coffee beans
- You will want them to the consistency of uncooked oatmeal
- Ground 1 cup of coffee beans for every 4-5 cups of coffee desired
- Filtered water or bottled water gives your coffee smoother flavor
- Place the ground coffee beans in the bottom of a clean container
- You can just use your coffee pot if you want to
- Pour your water over the coffee and cover
- Leave the coffee to steep 12-24 hours
- 12 hours is what most people do, but for a very strong brew you can steep for 24 hours
- Take the container you are going to store the coffee in and cover it well with your filter
- Pour the coffee brew into the container you are going to store it in
- Place the container in the refrigerator
- This coffee will be good for 2 weeks if you do not alter it while it is in the refrigerator. If you dilute the coffee or add other ingredients will last 2-3 days.
Is it really different than hot coffee?
The short answer is yes! Cold coffee contains more caffeine than hot brewed coffee. When you hot brew coffee it begins to extract acid at a temperature of around 200 degrees. Because you are not heating cold brewed coffee, there is almost no acid.
Most of us know that high acidic levels are bad for our teeth and stomach. But, you may not know that a body that with an unbalanced pH level is usually acidic. The body is then forced to borrow calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium from our vital organs. This leads to serious and prolonged health problem and major illness which can last for years.
While cold coffee is stronger, there is natural sweetness that comes from the bean. It takes less to sweeten cold brewed coffee Some people find it just perfectly weet by adding milk. Of course, there are many other additives to make it sweeter.
If cold brewed coffee is too strong for you, add ice cubes, filtered water, or milk to it, to weaken the flavor.
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Have fun with it
Add some whipped cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, or crushed peppermint for some special treats.
If you have a guest that will only drink coffee hot, dilute it with ⅓ cup water, pop it in the microwave and they will still enjoy the fantastic benefits without the cold. When the supply is getting low, pour the coffee into ice trays and freeze them to spice up future drinks. Pour warm almond milk over a glass of coffee ice, for a smooth and creamy kick.
Cold coffee is a great drink. It is healthy, easy to make, and has many health benefits. To really enjoy coffee, cold or hot, you have to find the kind of coffee that you like. That is why coffee vendors are so important. Check out Home Grounds and discover a world of coffee you probably didn’t know about. Try different blends and discover flavors you like. You do not have to stay with only one brand of coffee. We don’t eat only one flavor ice cream, or one kind of food. We experience all the types we can, and we find our favorites.
So, if you have not tried cold brewed coffee; give it a try. And if you have tried cold-brewed coffee, branch out. We guarantee you have not tried them all.
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