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Kick ass Bulletproof cold brew coffee

OK, so I might be a bit late on the pulse but I only recently got really into the idea of cold brew. I knew you could make it and I was being lazy but then, whilst I was taking a walk with my daughter, I noticed that even Starbucks were in on it, they were advertising 3 types of cold brew on their summer menu. I mean, this got me into action, I had to make my own (healthier) version straightway.

What's so cool about cold brew? To start off, cold brew is...

  • Easy to make, I mean REALLY easy
  • Super tasty
  • Less acidic than conventional coffee
  • Smoother in flavour
  • Coffee contains antioxidants and other nutrients that are beneficial to our bodies

You can have cold brew anytime you want. You just need to be prepared to wait 24 hours. I know, preparation is key here. Once it's made, cold brew can stay in an airtight container (a large mason jar being my favourite) for up to 1 week but let's face it, it won't last that long will it?

What you will need
A fine sieve OR a french press
1 litre glass jar with a tight fitting lid
Coffee or spice grinder (or even a blender, that's what I used for this recipe)

Ingredients
1 cup whole bean coffee (Bulleproof the best)
1L room temperature filtered water (I use the Santevia water filter at home)

Directions
1. Sterilise your jar with boiling water
2. Grind your coffee so it ressembles dried breadcrumbs, anything smaller and you end with over infused coffee with a gritty and muddy finish, not good
3. Put the ground coffee in the sterilised jar and add the filtered water and stir with a spoon
4. Let it rest in the fridge for at least 18 hours (24 hours is best)
5. Strain the coffee and store the cold brew in the fridge for up to 1 week.

How to serve

Naked brew:
3-4 ice cubes
1/2 cup cold brew
1/2 cup water

How to: in a large glass, put the ice cubes, the cold brew and water and mix.

Almond joy:
3-4 ice cubes
1/2 cup cold brew
Pinch vanilla seeds
1/2 cup homemade almond mylk (tastier than shop bought version)
1 drizzle of maple syrup on top

How to: in a large glass, put the ice cubes, cold brew and vanilla seeds. Mix well and gently add the almond milk and a drizzle of maple just before serving.

Coconut madness:
3-4 ice cubes
1/2 cup cold brew
Pinch cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut mylk
1 drizzle maple syrup
Top with a few coconut chips

How to: in a large glass, put the ice cubes, cold brew and cinnamon. Mix well and gently add the coconut milk, drizzle of maple syrup and coconut flakes just before serving.

Spicy & strong:
1 cup of cold brew
1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of chilli
1 tablepoon maple syrup
Crushed ice (1 cup)

How to: Mix the cold brew, cocoa powder, cinnamon, chilli and maple syrup in a small bowl with a fork. Put the crushed ice in a large glass and pour the cold brew mixture on top.

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Marie-Eve Maitland Marie-Eve (pronounced the French way and, yes, you guessed it, Henry's wife) is our kitchen and food-wiz and is behind our healthy recipes and also manages our twitter account (get in touch!).  Having graduated in dietetics in Canada, Marie-Eve is passionate about eating, discovering new foods and leading a healthy lifestyle to make sure she in tip-top shape to look after her little girl, Elodie. Marie-Eve loves cooking (of course), weight training, yoga, walking, matcha green tea and chocolate (amongst other things).

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