I am such a sheep.

September 5, 2008


All ’round the foodie sites they’ve been raving about cold-brewed coffee concentrate.  It’s supposed to have better flavor – not as acidic, more ‘chocolate notes’, and other things that my terrible palate can’t identify.  It does, however, have gadgety-ness attached to it, and I’m all for that!

You can buy a special giant filter for it, but that’s foolish, in my opinion.  No, it turns out that I can use my thrift-store Bodum french press.  ($3.00, thank you very much.)  You put about a cup of coffee grounds in, pour on some water, stir it so everything gets wet, then leave it for 12 hours or so.  Smash down the grounds, pour the strong liquid into a jug/bottle and keep it in the fridge.  I have no idea what the right proportions are for this, since I really don’t make good coffee under normal circumstances, but I fill a mug 1/3 of the way with the concentrate and the rest with hot water and it’s good enough for me.




It’s also supposed to have less caffeine than regular-brewed coffee, but then again it’s also supposed to cure warts.  Believe what you will.

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8 Responses to “I am such a sheep.”

  1. Deanne Said on:

    Hmmm… My mom is giving me a cold-brewed contraption. Some family member had given it to my grandma, who used it a few times and stuck it in the basement. My gram is in a nursing home, so my mom has been preparing the house for auction, a la Columbus, NE. The grandkids have been speaking up for this or that in the process.

    My husband’s (former) boss swears by cold brewed coffee. But I thought he said that the less caffeine thing had something to do with the filtration -- it has to be finer than a metal strainer (read, french press) can be. He says that caffeine alters us at a cellular level. To me, that just sounds like “The world is flat,” so I pay it no mind!

    To coffee! And DNA-altering caffeine!


  2. Annette Said on:

    Can I pick a cup up every morning on my way into the State offices?


  3. Kristi Said on:

    Easter eggs three days in a row? Wow!


    • Kristi Said on:

      Wait — I mean, three days out of the last four. What’s going on? Are you afraid that we’re losing interest, and you’re putting in little treasures to keep us excited?


  4. Peggy Said on:

    Ok, that’s just way too much work … I just use coffee singles, and that’s good enough for me.


  5. Kitt Said on:

    Well, I’m guessing you’ve seen my cold-drip post (or matbe not; I posted it last year). I have a Filtron rig and love it because I only have to make a batch every couple, three weeks, using a pound of coffee. I like the convenience of just heating up a cup of milk or water in the morning to add the concentrate to. Or mixing it with milk over ice. So very easy and delicious.


  6. Curt Said on:

    Another way to make coffee: pop the whole beans in your mouth, chew them up and wash them down with a glass of water. It not only is quicker, it is eco-friendly.



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