Tired? Of course you are. You’re a parent. It’s what happens.
The “busy” schedule you had before kids looks like a vacation day now. Mornings, in particular, are exhausting to power through, which is why so many of us turn to coffee. But are coffee benefits really a thing?
Oh, coffee. It’s our lightning in a mug that’s so essential when we’re feeling fatigued. It’s the cheese for our macaroni. It’s the jelly for our peanut butter. It’s the song for our dance.
Considering how dependent we are on coffee, it feels like a guilty pleasure. But if that’s how you feel, STOP! I have good news for you. Coffee is actually good for you!
That’s right. You can feel good about adding that daily coffee routine to our family balance.
By now, you’re probably craving your next cup of coffee, which begs the question, how should you make your coffee?
Here’s my suggestion as a busy dad: Go cold. Drink cold brew coffee. That’s my choice and recommendation because I’m busy and appreciate things that are easy.
With cold brew, I can make two weeks worth of coffee at once, and it stays fresh and delicious in the refrigerator for easy, quick, and delicious access. Easy, insulated storage too with our HSD Backpack insulated side pockets.
But if you need a better reason than simplicity, the flavor of cold brew coffee is smoother and more prominent. Furthermore, high-temperature brewing, if done incorrectly, can lead to undesirable flavors.
A roasted bean contains compounds such as oils and fatty acids, which are only soluble at high temperatures. When coffee is cold brewed, the beans are never exposed to high temperatures, leaving behind a very balanced, less acidic, smooth cup of coffee.
Those with acid reflux and related issues seem to have great success drinking cold brew coffee.
You still get all the benefits of your hot cup of coffee without the side effects since the pH is more balanced.
I know what you are thinking - if I have to drink cold brew, I can never have my hot coffee again. Wrong. You can still have that steaming hot cup of coffee in the morning by simply heating up your cold brew!
Don’t confuse cold brew coffee with iced coffee. Iced coffee is typically just regular brewed cooled and poured over ice.
Cold brew coffee, also called cold water extract, is the process in which coffee is ground and soaked in filtered room temperature or cold water. The brewing process can be for a minimum of 12 hours and up to 36 hours to make cold brew concentrate.
After brewing, the coffee is then filtered after the coffee has “steeped.” First, filter it through a metal coffee filter and then through a paper filter. Because the beans never come in contact with heat, it produces a much different chemical profile than a cup of coffee brewed with other methods.
The lower temperature allows many of the components that are broken down in a heated brew not to be dissolved completely, giving you a smoother, sometimes more delicious, cup of coffee.
Cold brew can be served as is, diluted with milk or water, served hot or over ice, or blended with other ingredients.
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