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Coffee Beans!

Mmmmm…. coffee. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am turning into a coffee adventurer. I recently purchased a Mr. Coffee (R) French Press. I must say that the coffee brewed in the French Press are much different that coffee brewed in my regular coffee maker. What make this so great you ask? Well, for starters, I am actually able to taste the real flavor of coffee. For the longest time, Coffee tasted like cream and sugar to me. It didn’t matter what type of roast was used. I used French Roast (which is flippin’ dark), Colombian, Medium Roast, etc., and tasted no difference. For me, coffee made in your modern drip maker was far to bitter. I have since discovered that a large part of that is due to the fact that the water is so hot that it causes the grounds to actually give off a bitter taste. The coffee you smell and the coffee you taste are usually two very different things. With the French Press, it works best if you grind whole beans right before steeping. That’s right. You steep the coffee. Another key element for the french press is the right temperature for the water. If you have an electric kettle, this should be no problem. If you’re like me, you got a regular red tea kettle to boil water. So, in that instance, you will need to listen to the water. After a while, you’ll be able to tell when it’s almost to the point of boiling. That’s the point at which I add the water for steeping. The flavor that you get fro this proccess is far superior to that of your standard drip press. Since i’ve started making my coffee this way, I find that I use less sugar and creamer. But that’s me. You shold go out and try it yourself! Or if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and I’ll make you a cup.

 – Brent

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Iced Coffee

I think that’s it appropriate to have the first food relate item I post about be coffee. And while this isn’t necessarily the right time of year to be talking about iced drinks, it is if you live in the South. This drink is my replacement for soda (when I’m able to make it) and my go to drink when working in the kitchen. What I really like about this is that you’re not watering down the coffee too much if you follow the recie. The base recipe is from The Pioneer Woman for her Perfect Iced Coffee. This stuff is fantastic and can be made in smaller batches than the recipe lists. Here’s her basic recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Coffee (good, Rich Roast)
  • 8 quarts Cold Water
  • Half-and-half (healthy Splash Per Serving)
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk (2-3 Tablespoons Per Serving)
  • Note: Can Use Skim Milk, 2% Milk, Whole Milk, Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners, Syrups…adapt To Your Liking!

Preparation Instructions

(Adapted from Imbibe Magazine)
In a large container, mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight.
Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.
Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to cool. Use as needed.
To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass 2/3 full with coffee liquid. Add healthy splash of half-and-half. Add 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (can use plain sugar instead) and stir to combine. Taste and adjust half-and-half and/or sweetened condensed milk as needed.

Now if you don’t have 8+ hours to wait for it to steep, then feel free to cheat. It tastes just as delicious and can be made fairly quickly. All you really need to do is brew a pot of coffee. Seriously. It’s just that simple. After you’re done brewing your coffee (I like the 8 O’Clock Coffee French Roast), put it in a heat resistant container and chill it in the fridge for a bit.

After your coffee is at the desired temperature (preferably nice and chilled), fill a cup (or mason jar) with ice, add coffee (I like to fill it about 2/3 full of coffee), cream and sugar. Or if you want to be daring, add some sweetened condensed milk. It adds an extra bit of awesome to your drink. Once everything is together, give it a good stir to mix your coffee. I like mine in a mason jar which lets me just shake the drink until thoroughly mixed.

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