Coffee: A beautiful relationship

Like any good relationship, my courtship with coffee has evolved and deepened. My first taste of coffee came as a kid when my grandma use to give us milk and coffee. Mostly milk with a little splash of coffee . . . so really light brown milk.

When we met again I was far from home living the craziness that is the first year of college. We often met at The Union in the center of campus, coffee wearing the trendy green straw dressed as a frappuccino. Possibly a step closer to the real thing, but still in that sweet early phase when you can’t get enough. Of course, college ended and jobs and the responsibilities of real life hit me hard. Our relationship had evolved to quick and naked jolts of energy before leaving the house. You know, the time in a relationship where you are past trying to impress and you’re just comfortable and don’t always recognize what they do for you.

As always, life continued to evolve and my first baby came into my life. And my reliance on and appreciation for that glorious taste of sanity grew each day. Of course, then coffee went and surprised me and evolved to a smooth delight with the strength to support me all day. When your love for something you thought you knew forwards and backwards is renewed and strengthened – that was cold-press and me. Now we’ve settled into that phase where we just are what we are. We don’t care who judges us for spending to much time together or thinks we should get out with others . . . we are two cubes in a cup and happy as can be.

The Best At Home Cold Press Coffee

1 lb beans, coarsely ground

1 gallon water

Equipment: large bowl or container with a lid; wire mesh strainer; paper filter

Cold press grounds with water

Add the coarsely ground beans to the large container and cover with the gallon of cold water. Stir slightly so all of the grounds are wet. Cover the container and place in the fridge for 18-24 hours.

After 18-24 hours, place a paper filter in the wire mesh strainer over another large bowl or carafe. Pour the coffee/water mixture through the filter to strain out the grounds.

Finished cold press coffee

Enjoy the cold press over ice with your favorite add-ins and watered down to your desired strength. I prefer to use filtered water and add a splash of almond milk, but you do you.

Cold press can be stored in the fridge for up to 14 days (if it lasts that long 🙂 )

 

 

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November Round-up: Jerky, coffee, and lights

November is over?! It definitely doesn’t feel like this time of year around here. We are just getting snow and temps have been at a comfortable 35-50 degrees.

Well, I guess it is time to admit that another month is gone. So, here are a few things we’ve been enjoying, coveting, and anticipating over the last month.

November

Krave Jerky

As the second year of grad school has worn on, I’ve grown tired of the normal pack-n-go meals. I have plenty of ideas for tasty meals, but lack the time in the kitchen to prepare them. I still like to eat healhty, good tasting food though so I’ve gotten a little creative with options. New favorite is Krave Basil Citrus Jerky. Pair it with some fresh veggies and a pretzels and you’ve got a great meal on-the-go.

Dancing Goat Coffee Shop

I love my neighborhood Caribou because the people who work there and the patrons who you can always count on sitting in their specific seats make it special. But I love coffee and trying new places so occasionally we drive a little farther for our weekend cup of joe. This time we tried Dancing Goat Coffee Shop in the Dayton Bluff neighborhood of Saint Paul. The fresh beans and knowledgable baristas reminded me how much I want to take a tasting class to learn about the different beans, flavors, and aromas of quality coffee. Maybe next month!

Bentleyville

This was our second year attending America’s largets walk through free light display. The set-up was the same as last year, but it was still an amazing sight and it just puts you in the holiday mood. Just a few tips: use one of the shuttle buses rather than waiting in the line of cars trying to pay to park at the site, it is free because of donations from visitors so if you can give a little please do so, and there are lots of places to enjoy a pre or post walk meal but we highly recommend the Canal Park Brewery. 

Travelers Box

We have travelled a lot over seas and as much as we enjoy a few momentos, we hate coming home with lots of foreign currency that we might not ever use again. So I was excited to hear about these new, easy-to-use boxes in airports. You put your extra change in and get gift cards for international brands back. Brands such as Banana Republic, Barns & Noble, Groupon, PayPal and many more. Right now they are only available in Europe, but hopefully we will see them all over the world soon. 

Anything you think I should check out or try next month? Just drop me a note and maybe you will see it in the December round-up. 

 

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The coffee illusion #Mondaymotivation

The coffee illusion

I fully admit I have a problem sitting still. This weekend wasn’t any different. Date night on Friday and staying up until 11:30pm, because as my husband said “we are adults for one night”. A Saturday full of class work and then a night out with the girls at the Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean concert. Sunday was a time for the whole family to reunite, but still included some yard work and even more school work. My life is amazing and I feel totally blessed to do all of the things I do, but Monday morning always sneaks up on me and without coffee I’m not sure what I would do.

What keeps you going?

P.S. The coffee in the pic is called a Painter’s Mocha and even though I’m not usually a fan of sweet drinks this one is amazing. Black Sheep cafe in South St. Paul is one of our favorite places to get well crafted espresso drinks!

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Weekly randomness: Caribou nightmares, mother’s day countdown, and Chicago

Have you tried the new Microsoft age guessing site? I did. The results did NOT make my week. I took it as a sign that maybe I need to get more sleep and slow down a bit. If you want to give it a go and let me know how you measured up, I’d be happy to hear I’m not alone in either taking bad pictures or looking more mature than I am 🙂 coffee cup

As a possible sign that the lack of quality sleep is behind is my age discrepancy could be the fact that I had a nightmare about a trip to Caribou Coffee. That is right, I am dreaming about going to coffee shops. And the worst part is what made it a nightmare was the fact that someone threw away my perks card and I got anxious that I would lose all my rewards I’ve built up. I blame it on grad school, long work days, and a toddler that refuses to sleep in on the one day of the week I have the opportunity to. Don’t worry though, my perks card is safely in my wallet – PHEW!

Mother's loveThankfully, this week is the one time I think I will actually get to sleep in on Sunday. It is Mother’s Day after all. Hopefully you have something special planned for your mom or any other special caregiver in your life. If you still need an idea of a sweet gift to send check out this cute site, Make Mother’s Day Count, which figures how many Mother’s Days you probably have with your mother and then lets you put together a special montage of memories with your mom.

Besides the expectation surrounding a full day spent with my two favorite people I’ve been geeking out about an upcoming trip. I am two weeks away from the first of what will hopefully become an annual sisters getaway. We are headed to Chicago and I’ve finally started checking out dining and shopping options. I came across a list of bars to try and local shops to head to. I can’t wait for a little girls time, sleeping in, lots of fun and plenty of shopping.

What kept you busy (or awake) this week?

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