too much coffee

mmmm... coffee

I tried a new recipe for cold pressed coffee yesterday. It had to steep for 8-12 hours, but ended up steeping more like 20+ by the time I got up in the morning. Really, I just didn’t want to deal with straining and cleaning everything before heading to bed Monday night. So, Tuesday morning when I got up, my cold pressed coffee awaited me.

I filled a mason jar with ice, poured in about half milk and half coffee, added a lid and straw (isn’t the lid cute? more on that later), then sipped the stuff most of the day… ending up with about a 3 cup tally by 5pm. This is after being off coffee entirely for the past few weeks. I haven’t been dependent on the stuff since before I was pregnant with C, and drink it occasionally now, but I can’t remember the last time I had caffeinated stuff.

I felt energized today. Good. I got a lot done, but definitely felt a little scattered brained. No matter, my energy level seemed to make up for my lack of focus, still getting things accomplished and feeling like I was moving forward. Got things moved around inside and outside of the house, read books to C, gave her a bath, got some other miscellaneous projects done. All in all, feeling pretty good about the day.

Until bedtime. My normal bedtime came and went, and I was none the wiser. I’d gotten on a cleaning kick with this new cleaning mixture, and found myself scrubbing the bathroom sink and shower at 11pm. Soon, it was 11:30 and I was still plugging away, on to the next project and finding various things to keep myself occupied. I felt tired, sure, but wasn’t ready to go to bed yet. I tinkered around on pinterest for a while, then I cleaned up some categories and tags in my blog. Around 1:30am, I decided I was ready for some sleep and headed to bed. And then I laid there. And laid there. And laid there some more. I tried meditating. I tried counting sheep. Nothing was working. Finally, I gave up and decided to blog about it. So, here I am. Blogging at 2:45 am. Not happy about it, but awake, nonetheless.

It really was a rather delicious recipe, and I’m happy to have tried it… I just should have avoided that third cup at 3pm. Next batch? Decaf. Maybe I’ll make it tonight… since I’m already awake and all.

Curious about how I made cold pressed coffee? Here are the steps…

1. start with ground coffee of choice (8 oz) and a large pot of water (2 qts). I used some kona coffee we brought back from hawaii. It was only a 7 oz bag, but I figured it was close enough.

2. dump coffee in to water (or the other way around)

3. stir.

4. cover and keep at room temp and wait 8-12 hours (or 20, like I did... either way. I've heard 24 hours is really the best for cold pressed coffee, but I don't have anything else to compare with so far.)

5. use cheese cloth and a fine mesh sieve to strain the coffee from the grounds. I used a mesh netting bag I have for juicing, and quadrupled the layers. It worked just fine. The grounds? compost or sprinkle in your garden (see our gross compost bowl in the background?)

6. pour a cup over ice, add some milk and honey... then enjoy!

This should keep (refrigerated) for 2-3 weeks.

Cold Pressed Coffee

  • 8 oz ground coffee (strong coffee works best)
  • 2 quarts filtered water
  1. start with ground coffee of choice (8 oz) and a large pot of water (2 qts).
  2. dump coffee in to water (or the other way around)
  3. stir.
  4. cover and keep at room temp and wait 8-12 hours.
  5. use cheese cloth and a fine mesh sieve to strain the coffee from the grounds.
  6. pour a cup over ice, add some milk and honey… then enjoy!
The exposure on my phone camera has gone a little wacky… my apologies for some of these pictures being overexposed. I’m in the process of trying to debug the issue.
Here’s the original recipe I made this from. Thanks for another delicious recipe, Pioneer Woman!
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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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