Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dave’s Cold Brew Coffee!

So a few weeks ago, when Dave and I were doing our gift registry, we found this interesting contraption.  It a cold brewing coffee maker.   Dave found the whole idea of it very interesting…


Fast forward to yesterday he came home excited with some yummy starbucks coffee that he sweet talked the baristas into grinding for him, and he decided to test our a method he read about online!

Cold Brewed Coffee!

Step 1 – Place 1 lb of your favorite ground coffee into a large container.
Step 2 – Add 9 cups of water (not hot or cold, just room temperature) and stir gently.
Step 3 – Cover and let sit for 12 – 24 hours – The longer you let it sit, the stronger it will become.
Step 4 – Strain coffee through a filter (note, do not use a bodium, for some reason it EXPLODED all over our whole house!!

The end result?  Delicious coffee extract that you can store in your fridge for up to two weeks!   And apparently it’s about .20 cents per glass!!

Now what to do with it?!?!  Pour a little (about 1:3 ratio coffee to water) coffee extract into a cup and fill with boiled water or steamed milk… Volia – delicious non acidic coffee!!

The part I love about it, if you want it a bit weaker, just add a wee bit more water!!  
I see this being a great thing for summer, iced coffees, super easy and you don’t have to run your coffee maker every morning!

I am not a huge coffee drinker, but I had some this morning and it was fantastic!!  

It also gave me an opportunity to test out a new product that was sent to me by http://www.isuperfoods.ca/, which is the Canadian version of http://www.navitasnaturals.com/

Palm Sugar
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Here are some details of palm sugar courtesy of Navitasnaturals

Navitas Naturals Palm Sugar is made from the sun-kissed sweet juice of the tropical coconut palm sugar blossoms. Once the nectar is collected, it is kettle-boiled into a thick caramel, dried, and ground into a fine crystalized powder. Our Palm Sugar is 100% organic, vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and sustainably-grown.

Did they say CARAMEL???
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I didn’t add enough to taste an overwhelming amount of caramel, but I really liked the flavor!!  It was sweet, but not too sweet and had a really rich flavor.   Have you tried Palm Sugar yet?

Thank you for the sample… and please keep your eyes open for my upcoming review of the other products I received from this company!!  Here’s a sneak preview – lots of fun stuff!!
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Before I get going...  2 things for all of you!

I read this FANTASTIC blog that I think all of you should check out!  http://www.spicebalance.com/ 
They are always creating yummy meals!! 


They also sell spices here http://www.spicesinc.com/ 
I am in the process of figuring out my order to them right now, they have AMAZING spices that I haven't seen anywhere else!    Ps.  they didn't ask me to give a shout out to their blogs, I just really enjoy reading them!!


  Question for all of you!!!
I would LOVE to hear what you would like to see more of on DAIRY FREE BETTY? 
I have just been doing very random posts, and have been enjoying this, but is there something you are interested in?!?!   Would you prefer just hearing about what I eat every day? What recipes I make/create?  Or is everyone happy with my randomness?? haha…
Have a great day…  must run… left over sushi is calling my name!!
xo Jessica

17 comments:

  1. I am a new follower but I would love to see recipes. I love to cook and new recipes make me very happy!

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  2. OMG PALM SUGAR!!! When I took a cooking class in Thailand, the instructor pulled some out and taught us about it and let us taste it. SOooooooooooooo good. I keep forgetting to look for it when I go shopping. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  3. I love all your food-related posts :) You know, I like the randomness, too! Just keep on doing what you're doing!

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  4. What a great idea!!!! I am trying this soon and will let you know when I do =)

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  5. Great idea on the coffee brewing and I bet it tasted soooo good with the palm sugar too!

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  6. Jess - Thanks for the shout out to our site!

    I LOVE iced coffee and look forward to trying the Cold Brewed Coffee!

    I have seen Palm Sugar but have never tried it - is it easy to find? Do you use the same as sugar?

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  7. I heard about that ice coffee maker - I need one! I love all coffee hot and cold, so this would be a great contraption for me! i always love reading about recipes and desserts :)

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  8. We love Palm sugar, we use it in a lot of our baking! Great product :)

    Pure2Raw twins

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  9. thanks for the coffee 411
    i need to get in on the palm sugar, i have used date sugar but not palm.

    i prefer to read whatever you want to post!
    :)

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  10. I like the randomness!!

    That coffee extract sounds like something I would LOVE!!! The wheels are already turning about all the ways I would use it. So cool!

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  11. I found the PB&Co stuff at a new organic grocery store that just opened up in Regina!! They only had the 1 flavour, but the lady that owns the store said she would get in whatever kind I want!! I am waiting for the white chocolate one to come in!!

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  12. I'm a fan of random! Keep things just like they are :)

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  13. Ooooh, I like the idea of iced coffee! I saw one of those coffee brewer things, and had no idea what it was, now i know!

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  14. The cold brew is such a great idea!!! And the palm sugar looks so appealing, I've never used it in coffee, but it looks like I'm going to have to!

    and p.s. the wedding planning has come to a halt for the moment, just so that we can just enjoy being ENGAGED!... and so we can raise some money to actually start making things happen, hehe =)

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  15. I like the randomness! And I like the lifestyle posts and your wedding posts! But I'm not much of a foodie myself! ;)

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  16. I love cold-pressed coffee! I used to work as a barista in college, and making the cold-press coffee was one of my favorite jobs. That stuff wouldn't last long in my house! ;)

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  17. Great review on the samples! If you are looking for more ways to use some of those fun superfoods, there are a ton of superfood recipes up on the Navitas Naturals website:
    http://www.navitasnaturals.com/recipes/

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