Our guest blogger today is Holly Hines, an old friend, an excellent writer and a professional photographer.
It all happened when my beloved Krups thermal carafe style coffee maker bit the dust. My quest began for the ultimate thermal carafe style coffee maker. I combed the web for reviews and scrutinized photographs for design details.
As it turns out, most high-end coffee makers are loaded with bells and whistles that I did not care about. After reading umpteen reviews, all I wanted was a thermal carafe that did not leak and kept coffee hot for hours. I really just wanted a shiny new version of my old machine.
After much deliberation, I ordered a Cuisinart coffee maker. Within a few days, the sneak-a-cup feature had broken and I had coffee pouring all over the counter.
Fed up with over wrought coffee maker designs, I longed for simplicity. That’s when I discovered coffee making at its most primitive: cold brew.
There are a couple of user-friendly brewing systems including the Toddy and the Filtron. I purchased the Filtron and I am so happy. Cold brew means easy preparation, less waste, and more healthful coffee. Added bonus: a brighter smile vs. hot brew drinkers.
It is really the ultimate method for lazy frugalistas like me.
How to Brew Your Own Hippy Coffee:
After dinner, simply put the felt filter in place. Then, dump an entire bag of coffee into the top, add water and wait until morning. (Go to bed, silly. You don’t have to watch it.)
In the morning, you will decant the concentrate into a carafe. Then you will put a couple of shots of your coffee concentrate into a cup, add piping hot water and enjoy. Your carafe of concentrate has a shelf life of a couple of weeks.
Cold brew has a smooth, rich taste and it is entirely free of the coffee solids that are the main culprit for staining teeth. It is also less acidic, so it’s gentler on your stomach. Furthermore, it contains about 33% less caffeine. Seriously righteous brew.
Another wonderful side effect is that I am not pouring half carafes of stale coffee down the drain. Of course, that means I’m treating myself to really great beans. It’s great to grind them at the grocery and brew them up right away. I really don’t miss grinding small batches of beans every day.
Historically, I have enjoyed my coffee with cream and sugar. The cold brew is so smooth, that I really find it quite good served naked black.
With cold coffee concentrate on hand, frozen or iced coffee is too easy.
Iced Coffee Bliss:
2 shots of coffee concentrate
8. oz. of low fat milk (skim or soy for the saintly)
1 tsp. of sugar or a little pastel packet of sweetener
If you want to try cutting the cord, but you are not ready to invest in a new coffee maker, then you are just a google away from some DIY contraptions.
Locally, you can find the Toddy cold-brew system, expert advice and a great selection of coffees at Davis Cookware in Hillsboro Village. Ted Davis III says that most customers enjoy darker roast coffee for cold brewing.
Owner, Holly Hines Photography
Holly specializes in wedding, event, fashion, and portrait photography. She lives in a 200 year old farm house in Franklin with her son, daughter and a little white dog.