Why you should Cold-brew your Coffee:
We all know coffee is acidic, but what if I told you there is a natural alternative to acidic coffee…and it’s still coffee! When coffee is heated it creates acidity, but if you can extract the coffee without heating it up (what we call a cold-brew), there is 67% less acidity resulting in a smoother and tastier coffee. This means no heartburn, acid reflux, or upset stomaches. We all know that coffee contains many health benefits, so being able to reduce the acidity enables us to have our cake(coffee) and eat it too.
Here are a few of the health benefits of coffee:
-Improves energy levels and improves various aspects of brain function.
-Helps to burn fat in the body.
-Contains essential nutrients (vitamins B2, B5, manganese, magnesium, and potassium).
-Very rich in antioxidants.
-May lower your risk for developing type II diabetes.
-May protect you from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
-May lower the risk for Parkinson’s disease.
-Can help prevent depression and make you happier.
-May lower the risk of certain types of cancer.
-May lower the risk of stroke.
What makes it even better is that cold-brewing coffee is very easy. You let the coffee soak in water for 12-24 hours and then strain it in a coffee press or through a coffee filter. Then you have a coffee concentrate that you can either drink straight as an espresso strength shot, or you can add hot water to make a traditional Americano coffee (adding hot water will not change the acidity as the coffee has already been extracted). So you can still have a cup of hot coffee in the morning. One batch of cold brew coffee will probably make you enough coffee for the week. In the morning you just pour out about 1/4-1/2 cup of coffee concentrate depending on the desired strength, and add whatever add-ins you like in your coffee. I like to drink mine with unsweetened coconut milk as it tastes delicious.
How to make Cold-brew Coffee:
Glass jar and/or french press (32-34 oz.)
3/4 cup organic coffee grounds
Measure out your coffee and put it into your glass jar. Fill the jar up to the top with filtered water. Put the lid on and shake it up. If you want to make things easier you can just mix the coffee grounds and water into the french press (without the top) and cover it with a paper towel and rubber band. Let this sit at room temperature or in the fridge for 12-24 hours. If it is in a glass jar, transfer it to the french press and press down the coffee grounds. Pour the coffee into a clean glass jar and store in the fridge.