It’s no secret that nursing students NEED their coffee. I did my best to stick to one cup of coffee a day; but three weeks into the semester, I caved. Big time caved. I found myself consuming up to 3 cups of coffee per day! I did however compensate by giving up sugar. It didn’t help that there is a Starbucks that welcomes you as you walk in to our clinical site. So, not only was I drinking more coffee, I was also spending more money on coffee.
The temperature is beginning to warm up around these parts, and my need for a hot cup of joe is starting to wane. This time of year calls for a creamy, cool latte. It’s one thing to cough up $2 for a regular coffee, 2-3 times a week; but the iced coffees are a little pricier. It’s time to reign in my wants. It’s time to start making cold-brewed coffee!
Cold-brewed coffee is the ideal method for making iced drinks. For starters, it won’t get watered down when you add ice. It also keeps its flavor and isn’t so acid-ey. If you’ve ever tried making an iced coffee with stale or cooled coffee, you should get what I’m saying.
Here’s a recipe:
1/3 cup of coffee, coarsely ground (preferably dark or medium roast)
1 1/2 to 2 cups of water
Mix in a covered container (mason jar, iced tea bottle, etc).
Let sit overnight in the fridge or at room temperature.
Stain with coffee filter or fine sieve. Two times the charm!
Sweeten to your liking.
Pour over ice. Add more water if it’s too concentrated.
If you want that Vietnamese coffee taste, add some evaporated milk.
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on April 9, 2012
These days are days that start reeeaallly early. I don’t mean like before the sun comes up; but shortly after. Like, ” when the blinds start to seep little beams of sunlight on the eyelids” early. I’m normally an early riser; but working until 9:30, catching up on studying until 11:30, and squeezing in a little family time is exhausting! (I left out the walking of four dogs and even more studying).
There is one thing I rely on, and that is a good cup of coffee. I should really have a coffee IV drip line attached to my arm! When I say a good cup of coffee, I’m not implying something fancy, shmancy. I just require a deep chocolately flavor with a smooth finish. Oh, with cream and sugar,please!
Let me introduce you to my current fave, Larry’s Beans Salvador Dali Blend
I could drink this stuff by the gallon; but my heart and kidneys would protest. This blend is a great medium roast, with a marshmallow finish-kinda like s’mores in a cup. This is an organic, fair trade, all-around wholesome coffee.
My backup blend is a a local standout. Meet Dilworth Coffee’s Lila’s Rain. It’s another medium roasted coffee with a mellow, sweet finish. The beans are roasted in small batches, producing consistent flavor goodness!
I don’t know how I’d make it if I didn’t roll into a mug of this stuff! Speaking of mugs…I need to get my hands on some new ones.
How about these?
I like the knuckles one. Kinda makes you feel super tough- ready to take on the new day.
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on August 26, 2011