I’ll be the first to admit a certain addiction to the Starbucks coffee+culture that has spread all over. I also have one of those shitty coffee machines that I only own due to sheer laziness (shameful). But recently, I read a few things about cold brew coffee and I must admit I’m kinda hooked. And may be dumping that awful coffee machine that cooks my coffee in plastic cups.
Why? It’s THAT good.
So I got myself a bottle of Seaworth Coffee. This coffee traveled all the way from the West Coast right to my doorstep, and starting with this lovely packaging – isn’t it chic?
But that’s not the only reason why I wanted to try this stuff. Not just because it tastes like heaven and doesn’t have any of the bitterness that roasted and heated coffee does. But, because it’s better for you.
It’s cold-brewed. The cold brew process allows for more of the pure, rich coffee flavor to remain intact, while keeping acidity low (that yucky bitterness). They call it sludge. I call it heaven. It’s brewed in a temp-controlled environment for 18-hours, they say, then double filtered and bottled by hand. That’s some fancy joe!
Now you don’t need to get this specific brand. I just happened to hear about it and thought I’d give it a go. But, now I think I’m hooked to the cold brew.
Other benefits of cold-brew coffee? This process (it’s never heated) makes the coffee way less acidic as I mentioned above, which means no more bitter or burnt flavor – which means it’s better on the stomach and the teeth. Also, more flavor. You can taste the coffee! Who doesn’t want that?
Just keep in mind that this stuff is strong. I’m talking caffeine, not flavor. It’s got about 4x the caffeine as regular ‘ol coffee – but you can dilute it with your fav almond milk or water. Want it hot? Just add hot water or heated almond milk. Heat, then add. That’s my trick.
I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. Brewing some of my very own coffee (secret…it’s super easy). See ya later, Starbucks.
A little FYI – Starbucks coffee is grown all over the world in developing nations. The U.S. doesn’t regulate the type and amount of pesticides foreign countries use in their production of coffee beans. Why is that crappy? Do you want to be consuming pesticides in your coffee? Because unless you have fair-trade organic coffee, you’ll be doing just that. Here’s some more info for you. Educate yourself, kids! It’s kinda gross. Don’t even get me started on coffee and tea that isn’t fair-trade. That’s for another post.
Moral of the story? Good coffee equals happy Kat.