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French Press Cold Brew

fpcbIf I were the kind of blogger who had an actual editorial calendar, I would plan out my posts and I would hit all the cute little food holidays and other life events that scream for a special recipe. I am not. I apologize for that. But thanks for tuning in anyway!

The Well Organized Blogger would have posted this recipe in time for all the tired parents to enjoy already prepared coffee, fresh from the fridge, as they got their kids off to school. Again. I apologize for that. But here we are, Labor Day weekend. Sort of a respite from the back to school grind and I have a nice treat for you.

French Press Cold Brew
3/4 ground coffee
3 1/2 cups water
French Press coffee pot

  1. Combine the coffee and water in your French Press pot. Stir.
  2. Push the plunger down just far enough so you can get the pot into the fridge. DO NOT PLUNGE ALL THE WAY! You want the coffee to float around the water a bit.
  3. Refrigerate for 24 hours.

Surely you’ve seen Cold Brew at your favorite coffee shop. If you’ve tried it, you hopefully found it to be slightly less bitter than regular iced coffee made with hot coffee that is allowed to cool. I did. In fact, I drink my regular iced coffee with plenty of milk and I had no problem drinking this black. I also enjoyed it with my favorite chocolate almond coconut milk as pictured.

I truly had no idea that Cold Brew was so easy to make. I thought it required some fancy equipment. I’m so happy I was wrong! And now you know! So skip that trip to Starbucks! Pop your old French Press into the fridge and you’ll be ready for the morning rush on Tuesday.

My only complaint with Cold Brew is that it does require more coffee grounds than coffee brewed with hot water. And for some reason, we have been going through a lot of coffee lately! Could be that My Faithful Assistant has started high school and is now having an iced latte every day. Therefore, in order to conserve my precious beans, I will save this recipe for special occasions only.


Cold Brew Smoothie

cbsHave you tried cold brew yet? I honestly couldn’t tell you what the big deal about it is.

I can tell you I have 12 cans of High Brew Dark Chocolate Mocha that did not live up to the standards set by its brother product, High Brew Double Espresso. Double Espresso was fantastic and I will absolutely get it again.

Now I need to figure out clever ways use it up because it is pretty much the nastiest tasting excuse for coffee I have ever tried.

A co-worker said she was going to put hers (the 15 cans I urged her to buy) in oatmeal and smoothies. That seemed reasonable to me.

Cold Brew Smoothie
10 oz almond milk
4 oz cold brew
1 oz almonds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
6-7 ice cubes

1. Put the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
2. Start blending on low and gradually increase to high until smoothie is desired consistency.

I also added a half a banana to mine for a little extra potassium boost. All in all, not a bad little breakfast treat. Because my almond milk and coconut are unsweetened, the only sweetness comes from the High Brew and the banana. Very tasty protein filled start to my day!