Once you’ve had truly good coffee, anything less than is just hard to swallow.
So far, my favorite is the Illy brand dark roast. This coffee is so good you will forevermore say no to coffee creamer and dreaded cookie flavored sugar “shots.” This coffee and bold, bare, and beautiful.
Coffee itself has also been shown to contain a good amount of antioxidants and the caffeine has the potential to raise metabolism and (maybe) protect the brain. These studies are still ongoing, but the important thing is that these potential benefits are not outweighed by dumping artificial ingredients into your morning brew.
Sorry to say, but a lot of these flavored creamers and sugar “shots” that coffee chains use contain a high amount of artificial ingredients, and usually a huge dose of sugar. A good dose of sugar without any buffers like fiber can spike your blood sugar, later leaving to an even bigger crash and spiking your insulin ( fat storing hormone). Mix that with artificial ingredients and that leaves another problem. Most artificial ingredients our bodies don’t know how to process. So they are either excreted or stored in our fat cells. It also leaves the possibility of aggravating the body if you have an intolerance or your body doesn’t know how to process that substance.
Don’t be afraid to try something new! Good coffee can help you ditch those added sugars and artificial ingredients.
Illy offers an array of roasts and grinds so you can find your favorite!
Cold Brew is all the rage now. Popping up everywhere in local coffee shops and at your Starbucks. As a customer it seems that you’re dishing out a few extra dollars for this special brew. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can absolutely do it yourself in any quantity. It’s a win-win situation. Save little cash and no more watered down nonsense.
So how is it done? Well, it takes about 12 hours to fully brew, so it may be best to do it overnight. I only wanted 1 cup of coffee for the morning. However, it is easily adjusted to fit any need. So, you will need a coffee filter, your favorite coffee, 1 pitcher (or what ever size container you wish to fill with coffee- make sure it is easily pourable), and water.
Fill your container with water. Then add the amount of coffee you wish to make into the water directly. The amount of coffee you add, should equate to however strong you would like your coffee. If you like to normally brew a strong pot of coffee, add the equivalent to the pitcher of water.
I like my coffee strong, so I added 2 heaping tbsp of espresso grind into my mason jar.
Let it sit overnight (or 12 hours) at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Then, carefully pour coffee through coffee filter into another container.
There you have it. Your very own cold brew. Mix with your favorite milk or sweetener 🙂
Maybe even some maple syrup!
* Some of my favorite coffee’s are from Simpson and Vail (Check them out! http://www.svtea.com ) and Illy (www.illy.com) Coffee so rich and flavorful, it’ll put flavored creamers to shame. 😉