I have a deep and undying love for coffee. Like most humans, I have to be cognizant of my coffee intake, going ham on the java can make me quite a wild woman. Lately I’ve been making a lot of Cold Brew. It’s super easy to make and I find the end result tastes smoother and doesn’t feel quite as acidic on my stomach. I’m not sure about the science of the caffeine content in cold brew vs. regular, but I find when I cold brew I don’t get the jitters quite as bad.
Cold brewing coffee is simply wonderful. I just grind a good batch of beans, stir them up in a jar of water, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, all you have to do is strain and you’ve got a delicious Cold Brew Concentrate to keep in the fridge and dilute 1:1 with water when you’re ready for a cold jolt!
I make Cold Brew so often, I’ve got the process down, but I originally consulted this recipe on Man Made Guide and this post from Nap Time is My Time (the latter is where I learned to stir the coffee with a wooden chopstick instead of a metal utensil as the metal can alter the flavor of the coffee, a fact I was confused about while making the vid.) I love diluting my concentrate with some homemade almond milk (instead of water) for a creamier iced drink.
Speaking of creamy coffee drinks…have you ever tried BluePrint drinks? Well, okay, I haven’t, but I’ve seen them in Whole Foods. They look delicious but are crazy expensive. So I was so super excited when I found this copycat recipe for Homemade BluePrint Coffee Cashew Cinnamon Vanilla drink from Janny Organically. And boy oh boy, is this a keeper. It’s like the big leagues after you get the hang of making Cold Brew. The first time I tried the recipe, I didn’t strain the cashews through a nut milk bag. It was still delicious but there was chewing involved. This time I strained it and it was smooth but still creamy.
I mean, what can you strain out this week to make your life a little smoother?