Recipe: Cold Brew Coffee Latte
For the past few months, I've been on a self-imposed mission to make peace with my stomach. I found that coffee drinks just to not sit well with me but I wasn't ready to give up my vanilla lattes! At first I thought it was the dairy, so I switched from skim to soy to pure, icky-ingredient free coconut milk. I even tried avoiding the syrup and sugar options. It all still didn't sit well. I was defeated.
Goodbye delicious coffee drinks.
Goodbye last-ditch efforts to try and stay awake on tiring days.
Then I heard about cold brew coffee. I had first heard about it originally when I did my first Whole30 but just thought it was another way to enjoy coffee. Then I'm not sure how, but it popped back into my life more recently. I found out that cold brewing coffee is actually less acidic and less bitter than the hot method, meaning, happy bellies! When I did the research and found it was possible to make without special tools, I was determined to try it out.
The verdict? I now have enough coffee to last me a week (actual shelf life is about 2 weeks!) for those days where I just need a little extra pick me up. And my belly? Well, it's pretty happy.
Cold Brew Coffee Latte
Makes about 4 1/2 cups of coffee concentrate
- 1 cup Ground Coffee (fresh is better)
- 4 1/2 Cups of Filtered Water
- Milk of Choice or Water
- Honey to Taste (optional)
- Pinch of Sea Salt (optional)
Stir together the ground coffee and water into a large bowl or pitcher. Cover and let it sit for about 12 hours. I left my bowl on the counter overnight but you can also put it in the fridge.
In the morning, pour the concoction, which is now highly concentrated coffee, into another bowl or pitcher through a strainer. I also added a nut cloth because my coffee was finely ground. Just to make sure there aren't any coffee bits, strain it again.
Pour your coffee into a glass or mug and add milk or water. I prefer my drink ratio to be 2 parts milk to 1 part coffee, so find what works best for you. You can add honey to sweeten it up a bit and a little sea salt. I thought this was a strange addition but I kept seeing it on all the blogs I read for research. I'm willing to try strange concoctions!
Add ice and enjoy!
The concentrate should last about 2 weeks in the fridge. You can also bottle it up and make gifts for friends!
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