Creating Freedom with Cold Brew Coffee

Coffee, for many of us is an integral part of our morning routine, and if we miss it, well… Bad things can happen. Many people consume coffee to help bring them out of a zombie state in the morning, others call it their creative go juice. Regardless, coffee has become an extremely vital part of our culture.

We take breaks from work for it, grow endless strands of it, and build restaurants dedicated to roasting, brewing and serving it. We even spend hours sitting around chatting because we would like an excuse to continue sipping it.  Yet, something as simple as transitioning from that steamy hot blend to a bottle of cold brew coffee can create another type of freedom you’ve been searching for.

But how and why is cold brew better?

First of all, cold brew coffee is created by letting the coffee grounds rest in water for 8 hours. No boiling is required. Therefore, no stove top or fire pit is needed. For those of us who travel or who need that quick fix, cold brew can be made the night before, and consumed when you wake up with no morning prep or clean-up. For hikers, bikers, van dwellers and sailors on rocky seas, cold brew is a great alternative to boiling and brewing every morning.

Alas, sometimes it’s comforting to drink that hot cup on a cold winter day, and let the scent permeate the space with energising aromas. However, keep in mind, that mesmerising smell that’s crawling out of the coffee pot is actually the flavour of your delicious brew disappearing into the air. Cold brew on the other hand retains all of the flavorful tones of that freshly roasted bean without having that burnt or bitter taste that some hot coffees have. And yet, if it’s a scorching hot day, and you still want your coffee, try switching the cold brew method. It’s an easier, healthier, and perhaps tastier method! 

But wait, is too much coffee bad? 

Okay, so what are the ups and downs of consuming too much coffee. Studies show that coffee contains antioxidants which prevent the damaging oxidation of our cells. In other words, it keeps our skin looking lovely and young. However, drinking too much caffeine can lead to health issues, such as stomach ulcers, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and increased blood pressure. The key with everything is moderation.

It’s been noted that drinking one cup of coffee per day is beneficial, but more than this can create addiction and other health issues. However, many of us need a few extra caffeine kicks throughout the day, and cold brew coffee is a great place to start. It tastes naturally sweeter and has 67% less acid than regular brewed coffee and may not require that cream, milk and sugar to mask the burnt bitterness of hot brewed coffee. So you can drink it straight up without those extra fats and calories! Oh yeah, and it’s super easy to make. 

I find the local Ottawa Bridgehead coffee to be the most flavourful, but feel free to use whatever brand of coffee you are attached to. You can Buy Bridgehead Coffee Here! 🙂

Cold Brewed Coffee Recipe:

What you will need:

  • French press or cold brew bottle (You don’t even need a coffee maker!)
  • Fresh beans (It’s better if you grind them at home, but if you don’t have a grinder, you can buy ground beans)
  • Water (cold is preferred) 
  1. Grind the coffee beans or use pre-ground coffee beans. Place the grounds into the french press or cold brew bottle. A 4:1 ratio of coffee to water is usually a good amount. My old french press took 3 cups of water and I put 5 tbs of ground coffee.
  2. Add cold water on the grounds. Make sure that you cover the grounds completely.
  3. Now you can put the bottle or french press away in a backpack, cupboard or fridge and wait 10-14 hours depending on the strength of the coffee you prefer. If using a french press the plunger can be put away and used once the coffee is ready to be pressed. Make sure that if in the fridge you cover the french press with saran wrap or some other sealer to avoid the aroma’s spreading through the fridge.
  4. After the 10+ hours you can now remove the seal and press the cold grounds down. Enjoy a beautiful, refreshing cup of flavorful coffee my friends.

Note: If you don’t have a french press or bottle, you can put the ground beans in any sort of jar or container and let them sit with water for the same amount of time. When you want to drain the beans, just use a cloth, cheese cloth, an old shirt, stockings, coffee filter, whatever your heart desires. You can also check out cold brew bottles and french presses here ! 

Cold brew is a great alternative to regular coffee. It’s easy to make, requires little equipment and clean-up and is a healthier alternative.

I hope you enjoy it! I certainly do…

Live whatever life you dream and make each moment count. [:fr]Western society has many luxuries, one of which is coffee. For many of us, coffee is a necessity. It has become a part of our everyday routine, and if we miss it in the morning, afternoon or even at night, well bad things can happen. Many people consume coffee to help bring them out of a zombified stooper in the morning, others call it their creative juice. Regardless, coffee has become an extremely vital part of our culture, we take breaks at work for it, there are endless strands of it, we have entire restaurants dedicated to roasting, brewing and serving it. Some of us, spend hours in coffee shops just so we can write about it… mmmmm…coffee.

But, what are the effects of consuming this much coffee? Or is coffee, like other specialty treats beneficial for your health in small proportions? Studies show that coffee contains antioxidants, that prevent the damaging oxidation of our cells. However, drinking coffee morning, noon and night can lead to stomach issues, such as stomach ulcers, acid reflux or excessive acid which can lead to indigestion. Our bodies rely on having a balanced Ph level of acid and alkalinity to function properly. That means that we have to consume a balanced diet. Drinking coffee is extremely acidic and therefore often causes stomach pain, indigestion, high blood pressure and heart rate as well as other issues.

Most people drink coffee that has been brewed with hot water. This is understandable, it warms you up on a cold winter day, and it permeates the house with an energizing aroma. Yet, what if it’s a scorching hot day, and you still want your coffee, but don’t have time to make an iced coffee?61lS0Z-FxML._SL1000_

Worry not! Cold brew coffee or cold pressed is a great way to make coffee. Not only does it have a beautifully robust flavour, but it also contains 67% less acid than regular brewed coffee. Cold brew coffee also doesn’t require that cream, milk and sugar that many of us find necessary. It also doesn’t have that burnt, acid flavour and is naturally sweeter so you can drink it straight up without those extra fats and calories! Cold brewed coffee is exceedingly easy to make and you don’t even have to boil water!

I find kicking horse to be a great brand of coffee, but feel free to use whatever brand of coffee you are attached to. You can Buy Kicking Horse Coffee Here! 🙂

Cold Brewed Coffee Recipe:

What you will need:

  • French press (You don’t even need a coffee maker!)
  • Fresh beans (It’s better if you grind them at home, but if you don’t have a grinder, you can buy ground beans)
  • Cold water
  1. First, grind up your beans, if there already ground, place the grounds into the french press, a 4:1 ratio of coffee to water is usually a good amount. So ¾ cups of water should have about 1 tbs of grounds, of 2 tbs depending on how strong you want the flavour. My french press takes 3 cups of water and I put 5 tbs of ground coffee.
  2. Add cold filtered water on the grounds. Make sure that you cover the grounds completely.
  3. Now you can put the french press in the fridge for about 10-14 hours depending on the strength of the coffee you prefer. The plunger can be put away and used once the coffee is ready to be pressed. Make sure that you cover the french press with saran wrap or some other sealer to avoid the aroma’s spreading through the fridge.
  4. After the 10+ hours you can now remove the seal and put the plunger on the french press as you normally would. Enjoy a beautiful, refreshing cup of coffe51rRgHtuiUL._SL1000_e my friends.

If you don’t have a french press, you can put the ground beans in any sort of jar or container and let them sit in the fridge with water for the same amount of time. When you want to drain the beans, just use a cloth, cheese cloth an old shirt, stockings, coffee filter, whatever your heart desires. You can also check out french presses here or buy your own Brazil French Press Coffee Maker

Cold brew is a great alternative to regular coffee. It’s easy to make, requires little equipment and clean-up and is a much healthier alternative.

I hope you enjoy it! I certainly do…

Live life and make it good.

TGB

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