Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How to Cold Brew Coffee

If you are like many people, you still want to enjoy your coffee in the summer, but some days it is just too hot to think about consuming a heated beverage. This is where cold brew coffee comes into play.

Cold Brew Coffee Instructions:

1 1/3 c. of fresh finely ground coffee
4 c. of filtered water
1. Mix your ground coffee and water in a mason jar or French press. Be sure it is well stirred. Cover and let sit for at least 8 hours (up to 24 hours) at room temperature.
2. Put a coffee filter in a fine sieve over a bowl or 4 cup measuring cup (I prefer the measuring cup since it has a spout to make pouring easier later. Slowly pour coffee through the filter. This is your coffee concentrate.
3. Keep your coffee concentrate refrigerated. To serve, dilute it to preference. A one-to-three ratio is common (one-third coffee concentrate, two-thirds water). For a stronger cup of coffee, use a one-to-one ratio.You can also add milk, creamer, and or sweetener to your coffee.
It will keep at least one week. 
Yield: 4 cups of concentrate (makes at least 8 cups of coffee)
If you have tried this recipe, let us know how it was, or if you have any tips or tricks, please share with us in the comments.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

How to Use a Melitta One Cup Coffee Maker

The Melitta Coffee maker is a unique little creation that allows you to create your own cup of coffee anywhere, so long as you have hot water. Many people have not heard of the Melitta coffee maker, yet it has been around since 1908 when Melitta Benz, a housewife from Dresden, had the idea to filter coffee through paper in order to remove unwanted residue. The coffee maker has not greatly changed since it's 1930s design, but Melitta has improved upon it some and has greatly improved the various coffee filters that they offer.

So how does one use the unique looking Melitta coffee maker?

Step 1:
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.

Step 2:
Place the Melitta One Cup Coffee Maker on top of your cup/mug.

Step 3: 
Use the Melitta #2 Coffee Filters, place the filter into the coffee maker.

Step 4: 
Following the instructions on your preferred coffee grounds (how many grounds for 1 cup of coffee) put coffee grounds into the filter.

Step 5:
Once your water has come to a boil, slowly pour the water over the coffee grounds.

Step 6:
Wait for the coffee to finish filtering through, then enjoy your cup of coffee, made for you with the Melitta One Cup Coffee Maker.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Enjoying Coffee Outdoors

It is easy to set back and enjoy a nice cup of coffee outside on your porch or patio during the summer months. Nature is soothing along with that warm drink, and if you make it outside early enough, it will still be a little cool from the nighttime making that cup of joe even more enjoyable.

While some are not opposed to sitting in the grass or on the porch steps to enjoy their coffee, others will want a place to sit down and read the newspaper as well, while having a sturdy surface to place their cup of coffee while they prepare to greet the day.

Red Hill General Store has recently added some great outdoor furnishings to their huge collection of items for sell. Amongst these wonderful items are outdoor coffee tables, end tables, and even a planter table. What better place to set your coffee than on a table named after this delicious beverage?

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