Cold brew coffee is a hot trend these days, but if you are sensitive to caffeine cold brew can leave you with some majors jitters! Cold brew herbal coffee to the rescue, simple to make and tastes just like cold-brew coffee without the stimulating effects of caffeine.
When a mere walk around the block with my pup requires an immediate shower it is officially summer in New York City. Brutal. Enter Iced Coffee. I simply love it. Caffeine, however, in large quantities, I do not love.
Luckily I have my favorite herbal coffee in all the land, Teeccino, to rely on. I simply brew some of this good stuff up and bam, instant happiness.
Teeccino is a blend of herbs, nuts, and seeds like chicory and carob, the flavor is rich and slightly bitter, just like coffee. Teeccino comes in several flavors and varieties, but my favorite is the french press “ground coffee”. You can purchase Teeccino in convenient tea bag sachets, but if you are like me then part of the allure of coffee is the smell and ceremony of brewing. Teeccino is also sold as ground coffee and can be prepared in all the same ways you prepare coffee.
What is the Difference between Cold Brew and Iced Coffee?
Iced coffee is simply coffee or espresso poured over ice or chilled. Cold brew is brewed completely differently. The grinds sit in water or soak in water for 12-48 hours. When using traditional coffee this produces a very different product.
- Cold brew is inherently stronger than regular brewed coffee/ more concentrated.
- Cold brew typically contains more caffeine than a traditional brew. Since the grinds are literally soaking in water for nearly 2 days the water (i.e. coffee that you will be drinking) is absorbing a lot more caffeine from the beans than a traditional brew.
- Cold brew makes me feel like a jittery crazy person. My second attempt at consuming cold brew left me sick in bed for 24 hours. True story. I can drink coffee like a champ. Cold brew, on the other hand, knocks me out.
Enter herbal coffee. Thank you, culinary gods, for creating herbal coffee, for the coffee addicts like me that also care about their adrenal health 😉
How to make cold brewed herbal coffee:
Step 1: Place 1/4 cup ground Teeccino in a glass container or jar.
Step 2: Add 1.5 cups water (for regular coffee I changed the ration to 1/3 cup coffee to 1 1/2 cup water)
Step 3: Place the container in the fridge and allow to sit for at least 12 hours or overnight.
Step 4: Be a total nerd and make herbal coffee ice cubes, you will be so glad you did! Pour some herbal coffee into ice cube trays and freeze.
Step 5: After 12 hours pour the coffee over a fine mesh sieve fitted with cheesecloth, or a traditional coffee filter.
Step 6: Pour this icy goodness over your super fancy ice cubes (I froze some of my cold brew to make “coffee” ice cubes) add milk of your choice (I used homemade almond milk) sip and enjoy
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