Coconut Cold Brew Coffee
If there’s one thing I’ve learned living in New York City, it’s this: buying coffee gets expensive (…and wasteful if you don’t bring your own mug!). But when it’s 90+ degrees, nothing satisfies more than an icy cold brew with lots of coconut creamer (right?).
Luckily, cold brew is EASY to make at home. This coconut cold brew recipe takes just a few minutes to make and yields 6 cups of coffee perfection - at just a fraction of the cost of a coffee shop (…or Starbucks) cold brew.
Is Coffee Healthy?
This is a question that gets asked a lot. The simplest answer is this: it can be.
If you buy quality, organic coffee and limit yourself to one cup per day (as we suggest in our seasonal cleanse), coffee can be healthful. Studies have shown that just one cup of coffee can reduce your risk of diabetes by 13% (1) and may help you live longer in general (2).
Also, coffee beans are full of antioxidants. The most powerful and studied antioxidant in the coffee bean is called chlorogenic acid, a compound that is most concentrated green, unroasted coffee beans. Though the compound dissipates a bit in the roasting process, it is still present.
But there’s lots of negative research on coffee out there too. Coffee is a stimulant and increases the release of stress hormones, including cortisol, usually meant for life or death (fight or flight) situations (3).
The Loveleaf Co. take? If you enjoy one cup of quality, organic coffee every day, don’t stress about it. ;) There are many studies that support your mindful coffee habit.
But…if you’re a heavy coffee drinker and use coffee purely as a stimulant to get more energy throughout the day, you probably want to cut back (…and get more sleep!). Long-term excessive coffee consumption may cause a chronic cortisol response, which has been linked to many health issues.
Why You Should Buy Organic Coffee
Conventional coffee is one of the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world. It is grown with synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. Organic coffee is grown without the use of these synthetic chemicals: better for you and the environment.
Also, most conventionally grown coffee plants are genetically modified to flourish in the open sun even though coffee naturally prefers the shade. To make room for this sun-loving coffee variety, forests are cleared to make open fields, destroying the wild ecosystem.
Most organic coffee, on the other hand, is grown naturally in the shade of forests, the way it was meant to be grown. These forests provide an environment for wild plants and animals, sustain soil fertility, and keep regional ecosystems alive.
Where to Buy Organic Coffee
Luckily, organic coffee is becoming more mainstream. Here are some of my favorite affordable organic coffee brands:
Coconut Cold Brew Coffee
2 cups coarsely ground organic coffee
4 cups filtered water
non-dairy milk or creamer for serving, optional
sweetener, like pure maple syrup or organic stevia, optional
TOAST THE SHREDDED COCONUT. Place the shredded coconut in a large skillet. Cook over low-medium heat, stirring frequently until the flakes are mostly golden brown. Watch carefully as coconut browns quickly! Transfer the coconut flakes from the pan to a plate and allow to cool.
MAKE THE COLD BREW. Add the ground coffee and toasted coconut to a large bowl or jar. Slowly pour in 4 cups of cold, filtered water and stir gently until grounds are uniformly moistened. Cover and chill in the fridge for a full 24 hours.
THE FOLLOWING DAY. Strain the coffee grounds through a nut-milk bag into a large bowl. Give the bag a good squeeze to get all the cold brew out of the bag (you may want to do this over the sink). Discard or compost the grinds. Transfer the cold brew from the bowl to a pitcher or large jar to store in the fridge.
SERVE. Pour 1/2 cup cold brew into an ice-filled glass. Add milk or creamer and sweetener of choice, if using. Stir to combine.
The strained cold brew (without milk and sweetener) will stay fresh in the fridge for a week or more.
Adapted from Bon Appetit.