A Coffee Break

I took a coffee break last week. I went a full week without drinking coffee. The main reason was to see if I would sleep any better without my cold brew. It did not make a difference. What I did that week was drink more tea. I drank green tea, Earl Grey tea, a flavored herbal tea, and a flavored black tea. For a really good collection this winter try this Winter Solstice Loose Leaf Sampler. The box has a handy guide for how long to steep each type of tea.

I also treated myself to this tea infuser for loose tea. Rather than buy a special tea cup that comes with an in-fuser, you can turn all your own mugs and cups into tea infusers.

I am back to making my cold brew but it’s still nice to have a cup of tea in the afternoon or evening.

A New Way to Make Cold Brew

There’s a new cold brew coffee maker out there. And it’s fast. Just 4 minutes to your cold brew happiness. FrankOne started in Bogota, Colombia as a Kickstarter campaign. The idea was to brew using vacuum called VacTec™.

It brews using a reusable filter. It pulls the water using vacuum through the coffee grounds. Hot coffee can brew in a mere 30 seconds! It takes just 4 minutes for cold brew instead of 8-12 hours.

Find out more…

Jägermeister Cold Brew

Jägermeister has indeed developed a blend of their Jägermeister in an herbal (blend of 56 herbs, blossoms, roots, fruit) liqueur with arabica coffee and cacao. It is not yet available but will be the beginning of 2020. You can sign up to be notified on their website: jagermeister.com

It has 33% alcohol, so maybe this won’t be your daytime drink of choice. It is meant to be served in frosty shots (with about 10% of the caffeine found in a normal cup of coffee).

Can’t wait? You can try to make your own:

Hot vs. Cold Coffee

Some people like their coffee hot while some like it cold. There is a difference between iced coffee and cold brew so mistake the two for the same thing. Iced coffee is put on ice after it has been hot brewed. Cold brew never sees warm water.

  • Hot coffee has more antioxidants than cold brew.
  • Most cold brew has less caffeine.
  • Hot coffee makes you feel warm and cozy. People have warmer feelings toward someone holding a hot cup of coffee.
  • Coffee can help prevent having a heart attack.
  • A whiff of coffee brewing in the morning can help wake you up and make you feel less stress.

New Orleans Style Cold Brew

We’ve posted about cold brew in the past. We just recently heard of New Orleans style cold brew. Of course we wondered what that is and how it’s made. Here is what we found out.

To make New Orleans cold brew, you need to add chicory to the grounds when you brew them. That may sound a little strange. I remember as a little girl, my grandpa making brewed chicory and drinking it in place of coffee sometimes. Let the grounds and chicory brew for about 12 hours. Using ground chicory, you don’t need too much. Add about a teaspoon or two for every half cup of ground coffee. It is supposed to enrich the taste.

I have seen chicory in tea bags in my grocery store. Perhaps you can open one of them and add to the grounds before cold brewing your coffee.