DIY Cold Brew Iced Coffee

Love coffee but find it doesn’t hit the spot on a warm summers day? How about cold brew or iced coffee? we’re sure it’ll perk you up.

Iced Coffee is not simply hot coffee poured over ice – not only will this dilute your coffee, it will also taste bitter – yuk! Cold brewing your coffee lessens the acidity than hot brewed coffee, and also makes for a more aromatic, complex flavour – win, win.

Cold Brewing is super easy, all your really need is time. This easy at home recipe basically requires a mason jar and some sort of filter – nothing fancy.

 

Ingredients

1/3 cup medium-coarse ground coffee

1 1/2 cups of cold filtered water

Optional: Coffee ice cubes

Optional: Milk

 

Method;

  1. Starting with coffee beans? Grind them up on a medium-coarse setting.
    • Grinding coffee beans yourself ensures the freshest taste, and your coffee will last longer and your only grinding what you need. 
    • A coarser grind ensure less bitterness through the filtration process. 
  2. In your mason jar, whisk together 1/3 cup ground coffee and 1 1/3 cups cold water, until the lumps are gone.
  3. Put the lid on your mason jar, and refrigerate overnight (12-14 hours)
  4. Strain the coffee through a large paper coffee filter, fine sieve, stockings or or strainer lined with cheesecloth.

You’re done!

Feel free to add milk, coffee ice cubs, or if you’re feeling a little fancy; 1 scoop of vanilla ice-cream, then garnish with chocolate shavings.

 

We used;

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Evoke Ricco Coffee Beans 

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Macap M2 Manual Doser Grinder

 

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Spent Coffee Grounds: Trash to Treasure

Nothing goes down as good as a morning coffee; the caffeine hit, the eye-opener from a late night, for whatever reason you enjoy your coffee, know that those spend grounds you’re throwing out can be put to great uses, from benefiting yourself to benefitting the environment. Speculations about how great fresh coffee is for your body have just lengthened!

How to get the most out of your spent coffee beans;

Your Body
   Body Scrub
Coffee grounds are abrasive for quality cleaning and exfoliation, however mild enough to not damage skin. Good for blood circulation and fat metabolism, the grounds will also fight cellulite. Mix a handful of coffee ground with olive oil or coconut oil for a scrumptious body scrub, leave for 10mins, and shower as normal.

   Face Wash
Struggling to find a scrub without chemicals? Coffee grounds are the answer; mix in some coffee ground with your facewash and massage as normal. The caffeine will overthrow those dark eye circles.

   Hand Wash
Often cook with garlic, onion or fish and have the odour left behind on your hands? Scrub with coffee grounds and smell the difference.

In The House
   
Deodoriser
Being absorbent, coffee grounds make a great deodoriser for your home or fridge; place a few spoonful’s in a bowl to keep your fridge and/or freezer fresh.

   Cleaning your dishes
As an absorber, coffee grounds will help remove grease and food stuck on pots and pans. Add a teaspoon to your frypan before washing to absorb grease and oils.

   DIY candle
I know you have a heap of candles that have almost no wax left. Why not melt them down and add some coffee grounds for a great aroma in the home?

Outdoors
   Compost
Coffee ground provides nitrogen needed for healthy soil; add some more green and brown matter for a healthy compost heap.

   Garden
Starting a garden? Coffee is great for fertilizing your garden as it is nitrogen-rich. In addition they also repel pests being a chemical free pesticide = win-win!

Who knew there were so many possibilities to spent coffee grounds! Now where’s that coffee so I can begin trying some of these ways to recycle my coffee grounds?

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