Cold Coffee Concentrate: The Answer to World Peace?

26 08 2012

I ask you, ‘What can’t a good cup of coffee solve?’

Well in our house it definitely eases us into the morning, or winds us down at night. For YEARS I could never figure out why pre-brewed refrigerated coffee tasted not so wonderful. I wanted it to be better than it was.

I should have known the answer is in chemistry! Science really has ALL the answers.

When you brew coffee, there are something like 47 different bitters that are released into the brewed coffee and when it is served hot, it tastes okay. When it is served cold, all you get is a mouth full of acid…BLEECH! Essentially you are infusing water with fine ground coffee to give you a light, bold tasting coffee concentrate. Even better is that you can save this precious coffee concentrate in your fridge for a month.. so make up an uber batch and throw it in smoothies in the morning, splash a bit of cream in it for an afternoon treat, throw some into your niece and nephew’s sippy cup on the car ride back to mom and dad.. endless possibilities.

Cold Coffee Concentrate
aka Elixir of the Gods

So this is a REALLY REALLY super easy recipe.
1 pkg of vaccum sealed Italian fine ground coffee (I used Lavazza)

Italian coffee has a finer grind and a bold flavour that many don’t love hot brewed but would be surprised cold brewed!! $3.99 at your grocery store

a container that holds a gallon of water (so 16 cups of cold water)
a colander
paper coffee filters
a bunch of large glass jars (to store the world peace elixir)

So grab your large container and empty the entire contents of the coffee into the bottom. Add half the water (so 8 cups) and use a whisk to give it a good stir making sure all the grounds get mixed into the water. Add the remaining 8 cups of water.

So far, so good. So now comes the hard part.. pop on a lid and neglect for 12 hours, either in the fridge or out of the fridge.. your choice.

I usually make this up after dinner and mess with the “extracting” part the next morning after I have had breakfast and a coffee.

Time lapse 12 hours. I grab my colander and some paper filters. You will need to change your filters out a couple of times as they slow down from all the coffee grounds. Pour 2 cups at a time into you filter and let it slowly strain into an awaiting bowl. Decant the elixir into containers and pop into the fridge for up to one month.

To make an iced coffee from this, add 1.5 cups of coffee to a glass, add some ice (which if you want to be all funky, made out of coffee as well) and I add 1/4 cup of 5% cream (which is the half and half light) OR coconut milk 🙂 I won’t bother with nuts on this stuff because it is variable, but 5% cream add 60 calories, and half and half (10%) adds 80 calories… and yes, those ARE coffee ice cubes:)


Storm-ageddon & a Recipe for Lynn

1 02 2011

We are expecting a huge storm here in Toronto, hence all the buzz about stormageddon. I thought ‘what would be cozy to make’ and I also thought about my friend Lynn, who is very early out post surgery. I vaguely remember early out that I wasn’t interested in hot liquids, just cold, but now I can’t get enough hot liquids. It seems hot makes me feel warm, cozy and full. I also think it relaxes my digestive system, and I usually have a hot tea as my last “thing” every night as I watch TV. Lynn should almost be off the liquids, but this is for her. She reads my blog but until now, hasn’t been able to partake in any of the eating.

I was buying pre-made mocha-frappa-disco coffee (sugar free of course) and sometimes having them mid-morning at work OR supplementing them with some protein to make a morning protein disco coffee.
When I was unable to find the Nestle brand in the stores, I decided it couldn’t be that hard to replicate.

Sugar Free Disco Drink
Loosely adapted from ‘bucks & my drive to make things on my own

1/2 cup of non-dairy creamer (read coffeemate)
1/2 cup of no sugar added hot chocolate (Nestle has a brand, Swiss miss etc)
3 tbsp cocoa (the stuff you use for baking)
1/3 cup of instant espresso powder (LOVE this stuff.. a kick in the pants and it is good in baking)
1/4 cup of splenda (or the sweetener of you choice)
1/2 tea ground cinnamon

Round up your ingredients !

Mix out all the ingredients into an airtight container. It smells so great. This is a great time to experiment. Want to add PB2 instead of cocoa, go ahead ?! A cup of joe that tastes like a reese peanut butter cup would be a good time. You could also add smoky chipotle to make this a Mayan inspired treat.

Boil water, measure out 3/4 to 1 cup per 2 tbsp of disco drink.
Kelvin, supermodel cat, heard me squirt the whipping cream and came running. I swear that cat huffs the can when we aren’t home.

The cup above I used 3 tbsp of disco drink to 1.5 cups of hot water. It was perfect. I also know this is a huge cup. I think 2 tbsp per 3/4 to 1 cup of hot water. Play with the ratio to suit your changing tastebuds. I rather liked the sweet factor in mine, and was doubly glad when I saw the numbers. I will definitely stop buying this stuff in the stores and make my own. Hmm.. cardamom flavoured next ?

Nuts per 2 tbsp serving are 35 calories, 1.4g of fat, 0.67g of fiber, 5 g of carbs, 0.75g of protein. A bit carby when you do the percentage, but seriously no major damage when you have a 1 to 1.5 of a serving. This is the same amount of calories as the cream in my coffee in the morning.

Breakfast of Champions

11 11 2010

Protein and vitamins ! Every day we start the day the same way, either protein coffee or protein shake. It has been almost 18 months and combined, Ken and I have lost a total of 243 lbs. I am wary of “mixing” it up a bit and getting rid of our protein shakes. We both like them and they work for us. As well, i notice we arent as hungry at the end of the day because we had a solid start to the day.

Making protein coffee is DEAD easy, and when you are “on the go” it takes 10 minutes. As you are brewing your coffee of choice, mix a scoop of protein with 1/4 cup of soya milk or whatever milk you have going. I sometimes add a shot of sugar free syrup if we are using a non-flavoured coffee.

Add the hot coffee, mixing as you pour so the protein doesnt clump. Top with whipped cream if you are relaxing on the weekends, and I have added a chocolate dipped sf pumpkin biscotti to Ken’s breakfast of champions.

We have been incredibly busy at home these last couple of weeks, laying a new floor and covering up a nail polish fiasco in our bathroom. Just now we have everything back where it should be and the cats are finally not flicking their tails at us in disgust.

Winnie on her circle rug admiring the new floor