Could The Ethiopian Town Of Yirgacheffe Be the Birthplace of Coffee?

History of Coffee from CoffeeForLess

Ethiopia is well known by many for being the birthplace of coffee. Legend has it that a goatherd witnessed goats eating berries from a tree, becoming extra high-spirited, and later sleepless in the evening. The goatherd relayed his finding to the priests of his local monastery, who began experimenting with the berries. The abbot discovered that it enabled him to increase his alertness and stamina through long evening prayer sessions. Soon, the whole monastery was using coffee to improve their performance.

Ethiopian Coffee Culture

Ethiopia-coffeeCoffee would eventually become a large part of Ethiopian culture. In fact, Ethiopians prefer to keep the best beans in the local economy, as they have developed a strong culture around drinking and enjoying the brew. Most other cultures tend to export the premium beans (which fetch top prices on the global commodities markets), and to leave the dregs for local consumption.

In fact, Ethiopians have created great ceremony around their enjoyment of coffee. They have created a ceremony that might be compared with the Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies. In the coffee ceremony, the beans go through the full preparation process, from roasting through to the final pour. Traditionally, a young woman in a white dress will perform the ceremony for participants. The ceremony is a central part of social life in Ethiopian villages and takes place at three times of the day: morning, noon, and night, in cities like Yirgacheffe.

Yirgacheffe Bean Diversity

After the diaspora of the coffee bean via early trade routes, the bean began to diversify according to the climate it found itself in. Thus, the generic term ″coffee″ no longer implies a single flavor profile. There are as many flavor profiles for coffee as there are regions that grow the bean.

In Ethiopia alone, there is a wide variety available. The Sidamo region is Ethiopia’s primary growing region, and it includes the original Yirgacheffe beans. While people do compare coffee from Sidamo to other varieties, such as Kenyan beans or even Central American varieties, they are effectively comparing green apples and red, or tangerines and navel oranges.

Ethiopia’s Harrar region may not have been the first to cultivate coffee, but that’s okay, beans from there are wild, which means that the beans are allowed to dry on the branch. This natural process yields a sweeter, fruitier flavor that some people compare to blueberry, but also to cardamom and cocoa. Compare these Harrar beans to typical Robusta or Arabica beans.

Everyone has their favorite bean and roaster, but coffee lovers should all seek out the Ethiopian beans for a real treat. Keep an eye out for Yirgacheffe or Sidamo beans to get a taste of what those early monks enjoyed, and then move on to coffee from Harrar for a completely new taste. Ethiopian coffee should certainly be sampled at least once by any true lover of the bean!

Save a trip to the grocery store with this coffee creamer recipe

Coffee Creamer Recipes You Can Make at Home by CoffeeForLess

Coffee with cream is a treat that so many love every day. And of course, many of us love the creamers that are specially flavored with ingredients like hazelnut or mocha. However, the store-bought creamers don’t always have the perfect blend of flavor to suit your exact needs, or you save the flavored creamers for special occasions.

But did you know that it’s possible to create your own flavored creamer at home, using a simple coffee creamer recipe? By learning how to make coffee creamer on your own, you can save a trip to the store and have a unique addition to your next coffee experience.

Homemade Is Always Better

When you make your own items at home, you have immediate control over all of the ingredients. You can limit the sugar or add extra sweetness, if that’s your passion. You can limit the creaminess and milk-fat, or decide to go whole hog in your coffee creamer recipe. You might even create wholly unique flavors that your friends can only find at your house, or end up creating a product that’s worthy of a new small business venture!

Choose Your Base First in the Coffee Creamer Recipe

When you learn how to make coffee creamer, you will first need to decide how heavy you’d like the creamer to be. You can go for decadent cream, whole milk, half-and-half or even a non-dairy milk such as almond milk, hemp milk, or soy milk. Some people use condensed milk, too.

Keep in mind that you can even get soy milk in a ″cream″ variety that is thicker and just as satisfying as dairy cream. Start with about a pint of milk or milk substitute in your coffee creamer recipe. From this point, you can create as many varieties as you see fit.

Use Your Favorite Ingredients

For French vanilla, you can add vanilla extract to your milk. Use two teaspoons of extract to the milk and mix well. For an extra homemade flair, use vanilla beans. Slice them open and scrape out the insides until you have two teaspoons. This may take some extra mixing, but the results will be well worth it. If you’d like a ″Strudel″ variety, add a tablespoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of almond extract to your coffee creamer recipe.

Coconuts Coffee Creamer Recipe

Coconuts are everywhere these days, so why not ride the wave with a coconut-flavored coffee creamer? For a thicker result, start with a can of coconut milk, and then thin it out with regular coconut milk that can be found with the other milk alternatives. If that’s not enough, add in two teaspoons of cocoa powder. Hazelnut extract might also be a worthy addition, as is cinnamon. Use two teaspoons of either of those in your coffee creamer recipe.

Keep Experimenting!

As you can see, learning how to make coffee creamer is relatively simple, and you can experiment with as many flavors as you can dream up. Add raspberry syrup, peppermint oil, or caramel topping to your cream base and adjust to your taste. If you have an espresso machine with a milk-steaming attachment, you might froth your creamer and make extra-fancy cappuccinos for your friends!

The Coffee Chemistry Behind Great Tasting Coffee

Coffee Chemistry To Great Tasting Coffee by CoffeeForLess

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If you’re a coffee connoisseur, then you know: not all coffee is created equally. But how can two cups of coffee be so different? They’re ostensibly the same thing: coffee. And yet, they can be totally dissimilar experiences. What separates great coffee from mediocre? The answer is: coffee chemistry.

The Water Part of Coffee Chemistry

You might not think too much about the water you use to make your coffee, but it can actually have a substantial effect on the final product.

According to chemist Christopher H. Hendon, soft water (water with low mineral content) tends to produce bland coffee. Hard water has minerals that cling to certain volatile organic compounds in coffee, bringing out the flavors.

While you can’t control the chemical composition of the water that comes from your tap, you can buy coffee beans intended for hard or soft water. Give it a try. You might be surprised by the results.

How the Grind Factors Into Coffee Chemistry

The more finely a set quantity of coffee is ground, the more total surface area it has. More surface area allows for a faster extraction of the chemical compounds present in coffee beans. That’s not necessarily a good thing.

Coffee that has been over extracted tends to be unpleasantly bitter tasting. While some folks like that flavor, most find it to be rather unpalatable.

The key is to find the sweet spot, where the caffeine and desirable volatile organic compounds have been extracted, but the bitter organic acids are left in the beans. A fine grind allows all of the compounds in coffee to be extracted quickly, including the ones we don’t like the flavor of. That’s why grinding coffee to a somewhat chunky consistency is often a better choice when making drip coffee.

If you’re making coffee with a French press, you’ll want to err on the side of a coarse grind, as pressed coffee is typically brewed for five minutes or more.

Espresso, on the other hand, requires a fine grind, as the brew time for an espresso shot is rather quick.

Temperature

Generally speaking, the hotter the water, the faster extraction occurs. That’s why cold coffee takes so long to brew. Again, setting speed records for extraction isn’t what we’re after – this is all about using coffee chemistry to get the ideal cup.

The ideal water temperature range for brewing coffee is generally regarded as being between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Go much colder, and the desirable compounds won’t be full extracted. If the water’s too hot, we’ll end up with more organic acids than we’d like, and our coffee will be bitter.

The Ratio

The ratio of coffee to water is another important variable. Too much water, and our coffee will be bland and watery. Not enough, and we’ll end up with over extracted coffee that is unpleasantly strong, at least to most people’s taste buds.

Brew Time

As mentioned before, brew time varies depending on the brewing method. Espresso is brewed quickly, while pressed coffee is the result of a slower process. Still, each brewing style has a goldilocks zone, where the desirable volatile oils and caffeine are extracted before the bitter organic acids allowed to make their presence known. How’s that for a lesson in coffee chemistry?

Why Some People Prefer Bitter Coffee

Some People Actually Prefer Bitter Coffee by CoffeeForLess

Bitterness can be defined as a strong flavor or twinge of an aftertaste noted at the back of the tongue.

In the wild, bitterness is usually a sign that something should not be eaten. But over the course human history, we’ve developed something of an affection for this chemical warning sign. We drink bitter beer and cocktails. We savor bitter greens in juices and salads. We swig grapefruit juice at breakfast. And some of us even adore the taste of bitter coffee.

What Is Bitterness?

We’ve all tasted bitterness, but what is it, exactly? Basically, it can be defined as a strong flavor or twinge of an aftertaste noted at the back of the tongue. If acidity is bright and lively, bitterness is its dark and moody cousin.

Nice Genes

Human beings are very sensitive to bitterness, and we have been for a long time. There are 24 distinct genes for bitter sensitivity, which is more than we have for sweet, salty, or savory tastes.

Some people are “supertasters,” and it’s thought that they’re less likely to be interested in drinking bitter coffee or consuming other bitter foods or drinks. To them, bitterness can cause serious irritation. But for the rest of the population, bitter compounds can be tolerable, or even desirable.

Bitterness as Counterbalance in Coffee

Bitterness, in and of itself, is not what most would call a pleasant taste. But in combination with other flavors, bitter coffee can provide an interesting counterbalance.

A coffee with a bright, floral nose can be an even richer experience if there’s a certain amount of bitterness to add to its complexity. Bitterness can also make a coffee taste more full and robust, which is definitely a desirable quality.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Some coffee drinkers love an earthy cup of bitter coffee, while others prefer coffee that’s more acidic. But even for those who like their coffee on the bitter side, there’s a limit. And some varieties of bitterness are less desirable than others.

While a strong roast tends to make a coffee more bitter, those with a taste for it generally regard this type of bitterness as pleasantly substantial.

In contrast, even those who enjoy bitter taste sensations do not typically enjoy the type of bitterness that comes from over extraction during brewing. Coffee can also be made too bitter if its ground too finely, or if too much ground coffee is used to brew too few cups of coffee.

Best Coffee for Bitter Coffee Lovers

The coffee species Robusta is known for its bitterness. This type of bean is typically used to make instant coffee, but certain specialty coffees are blended with Robusta beans to provide a counterpoint to an especially bright bouquet.

And for those who love bitter coffee, some vendors offer pure Robusta coffee. So while Arabica is often seen as the superior choice, Robusta certainly has its share of admirers.

Customize Your Morning Coffee With a Personalized Coffee Cup Design

A Custom Coffee Cup Design Personalizes Your Morning Joe by CoffeeForLess

Ah, coffee. It’s the perfect way to start your day, and to keep it going. Of course, that morning pick-me-up is even better with a personalized coffee cup design.

Let Your Cup Do the Talking

Not a morning person? The only thing worse than the morning blues is having to explain that you don’t like to be bothered until you’ve had a couple of cups of coffee. So why not let your coffee cup do the talking for you, by creating your very own coffee cup design? Go with a mug that says. “I don’t like morning people. Or mornings. Or People.” Or, “I flunked anger management.”

Preserve Special Memories With Coffee Cup Designs

When the going gets tough at work, it’s good to remind yourself why you’re working so hard. You can custom order coffee mugs with pictures of your friends, family or pets. That way, when you’re in the midst of filling out some ridiculously unnecessary paperwork, you can take a moment to reflect on the people who make it all worthwhile.

The Joke’s On You

Image: Joe Ivory/Flickr

Image: Joe Ivory/Flickr

Laughter is the best medicine… next to coffee, of course. Bring a little bit of much-needed humor into your workday with a coffee cup design that says “Another 8 hours of pretending to work,” or “I’m silently correcting your grammar.”

Fun Shapes Work Well With Coffee Cup Designs

Who says coffee mugs can’t be works of art? We’ve seen cups shaped like prescription medicine bottles, guns, skulls, octopi, golf balls, donuts, and Rubik’s cubes. There are also coffee cup designs in the form of giraffes, skulls, hearts, and Ninja Turtles. There’s no need to settle for a boring coffee cup when you can have so much fun.

Tell Us What You Really Think

What if you’ve seen all the novelty coffee cups on the Internet, but none of them really conveys your message? No problem. You can order coffee cups that are custom printed with your own favorite catch-phrase, joke, motto, or quote. Plus, they’re available in custom colors and unique fonts.

Promote Your Brand With a Unique Coffee Cup Design

If you’re a small-business owner, you’re probably eager to increase your exposure. Why not order coffee cups designed with your logo and web address, and give or sell them to your clients or friends? Everyone can use an extra coffee cup, and wherever they go, they’ll be spreading awareness of your awesome business.

3D Printed Coffee Cups

You’ve probably heard that 3D printing is the next big thing. Have you seen some of the 3D printed coffee cups that makers are coming out with these days? They’re pretty amazing, especially for coffee cup designs. Check out the ones made last year by Cunicode. What a wild way to enjoy your joe!

 

Love coffee? Learn more about our monthly coffee club!

Sign Up and Save With Our Monthly Coffee Club by CoffeeForLess

You love your K-Cups, but there are so many different kinds to choose from that finding your favorite has become a real challenge. Sure, you probably have a few varieties that you prefer, but until you’ve tried a wider variety of choices, you may be missing out on some delicious hidden gem.

Of course, you probably don’t have the spare time to travel the world in search of the legendary “best cup of coffee ever.” After all, you have other matters to attend to. But don’t worry: with our K-Cup Coffee of the Month Club, all you have to do is sign up for the coffee club, and leave the coffee hunting to us.

How the Coffee Club Works

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The K-Cup Coffee of the Month Club let’s you sample new coffees, and includes four different varieties of single-serve K-Cups.

Every month, Coffee for Less will send you a personalized coffee box with four different varieties of coffee. The monthly selections are sourced from a variety of first-rate roasters. You’ll get 24 K-Cups of each blend, so you’ll have plenty of servings to enjoy, and still have some left over to share with your favorite coffee connoisseurs.

If you’re a decaf coffee lover, then you will be pleased to learn that we also offer a Decaf K-Cup Coffee of the Month Club. You’ll get all of the wonderful coffee choices with (almost) none of the caffeine.

Our flavored K-Cup Coffee of the Month Club is just the thing for those who prefer their java with a little touch of something special. You’ll sample 24 varieties of delicately flavored, enticingly tasty coffee, all at the same great price as our standard Coffee of the Month Club members.

Each K-Cup Coffee of the Month membership is good for six months. With four wonderful selections to sample in each personalized coffee club box, you’ll have the chance to enjoy 24 of our favorite coffees over the course of your coffee club membership.

Of course, the deliciousness doesn’t have to end there; you’re free to sign up for another six months of wonderful coffee selections.

A Coffee Club Subscription Makes the Perfect Gift

Not sure what to get the person who has everything? The K-Cup Coffee of the Month Club makes an excellent gift for all of the K-Cup lovers in your life. Why get them some forgettable gift when you can get them a present that will brighten their every morning?

Not sure how our Coffee of the Month Club could get any sweeter? Try free shipping, no sales tax, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. What are you waiting for? Sign up for our coffee club today, and start getting great coffee delivered right to your front door.

How to Fuel Your Week With a Strong Monday Coffee

Fuel Your Week With a Strong Monday Coffee by CoffeeForLess

The weekend is over, and now it’s officially time to get back to business. Having a little bit of trouble getting started on Monday? What better way to kick off your week than with a strong Monday coffee?

Strong Coffee Defined

What is strong coffee, anyway? For some, it comes down to caffeine content. The higher the caffeine content, the more of a lift your coffee will give you.

For others, a coffee’s strength is measured by its taste. That first bracing belt of java during the Monday coffee routine ignites the senses, pries open drowsy eyelids, and gets those neurons firing on all cylinders.

We’d posit that a truly strong cup of Monday morning coffee has the best of both worlds: a substantial dose of caffeine coupled with a robust flavor sure to boost the mood.

Monday Coffee Magic: It’s in the Beans

If you want a good, strong cup of Monday coffee to being your week off right, you’ll need to start with the proper beans. In terms of caffeine content, Tanzania Peaberry, Colombia Supremo, Indian Mysore, and Kenya AA are all known to be among the strongest. Generally speaking, Arabica and Columbian have the strongest flavor.

Don’t Forget the Roast

Of course, the roast has a lot to do with your Monday coffee’s flavor, as well. The longer a coffee is roasted, the more intense its flavor becomes. That being said, it’s important to note that roasting also burns off some of the coffee’s caffeine, so take that into account when choosing your coffee beans. Strong coffee lovers generally favor beans that have been French roasted.

If you’re the DIY sort, you can even roast your own Monday coffee at home. Green coffee beans can be ordered online or purchased at high-end grocers. That way, you can find the perfect balance between a strong roast and optimal caffeination.

Back to the Grind

Image: Good morning coffee at desk via Paolo Valdemarin/Flickr

Image: Good morning coffee at desk via Paolo Valdemarin/Flickr

The way you grind your beans also affects your coffee’s flavor. Fresh-ground coffee is always best, and don’t overdo it. Choose a coffee grinder that allows you to grind your coffee to a coarse, chunky consistency for the strongest flavor, and avoid overheating your grinder, or you’ll end up with bitter coffee.

Speaking of eliminating bitterness, here’s a great tip: add a pinch of salt to your coffeepot. You’ll be pleased to find that it allows the subtleties of even the strongest coffee to shine through.

Monday Coffee Is Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The first day of your workweek sets the tone for the rest of it, so it’s important to kick it off with a bang. That first strong cup of coffee can give you the boost you need to shake off the Mondays and get things done. While we’re big fans of frontloading the week and tackling the tough stuff first, it’s best to enjoy your morning ritual first, just to set the right tone.

Coffee With a Cop Aims to Grow Stronger, Healthier Communities

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Over the past year or so, the news has featured many stories that call into question the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. Protests have resulted in violence, and twitter hashtags have mushroomed. Now, an organization called Coffee with a Cop hopes to change the way that communities interact with their local police force.

The Community Affairs Unit

The Community Affairs Unit started in Hawthorne, California, a town of around 80,000 located in Los Angeles County. The events were originally the brainchild of Chief Robert Fager, who started the Special Operations Bureau and the Community Affairs Unit. These projects were designed to identify and address issues within the community.

The organization was charged with identifying the community’s issues, and in the process of brainstorming ideas, someone mentioned cops and coffee. However, there was no working model for implementing such a plan. Undaunted, the Chief and his staff decided to take a chance and design a whole new paradigm for community engagement: thus was born, Coffee With a Cop.

Initial Success

The inaugural Coffee With a Cop event was a smashing success. A huge line full of people who were eager to share their stories and concerns with the community formed. There were many community members present who had never before had an opportunity to speak with a police officer, and the Coffee With a Cop event was an opportunity to break down those barriers.

Too often, the police are viewed as an aggressive force rather than a helpful element in a city, and Coffee With a Cop helped to warm the relationship that many people have with the police.

Coffee With a Cop Spreads Nationwide

Since that first meeting, which was catered by a Hawthorne-area McDonalds, the program has begun to spread like wildfire. All across the nation, police departments have decided to reach out to the community with the hand of friendship and free coffee.

In May 2014, the Hillsboro, Oregon police department held their first Coffee With a Cop event. Chief Lee Dobrowolski had experienced the program as a deputy chief in Salt Lake City, Utah. Forest Grove, Oregon also has a Coffee With a Cop program, which they learned about in an online forum hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Coffee With a Cop: Becoming Part of the National Fabric

The Coffee With a Cop program has made it all the way to Tennessee, Michigan, Iowa, and New Jersey. The relatively simple idea of sitting down with the community over a hot cup of coffee has opened police and citizens up to one another in new and profound ways.

Coffee has long been thought to be a medicinal brew, and now its healing properties are being implemented to great effect in municipalities nationwide through the Coffee With a Cop program. Opening up conversation is just one way to personalize policing and recalls the long-gone days of police who would walk their beat and interact with citizens on a direct and more human level.

Make Your Very Own Coffee Grounds Compost

A Coffee Grounds Compost Helps Your Garden Grow by CoffeeForLess

Every day, people across America wake up to a fresh pot of steaming hot coffee. And every day, they toss their used coffee grounds into the trash or compost bin, and then go about their business.

While this is a normal practice for many, all of those coffee grounds can be reused to create incredible soil for lawns and gardens alike. After all, coffee grounds are packed with nutrients that your plants need, so saving the used coffee grounds will be a boon to your yard or community garden.

Coffee Grounds and Nitrogen

The chief benefit of using coffee grounds in compost is the nitrogen they provide to the soil and thus to plants. Plants need nitrogen to conduct photosynthesis, however, plants also need carbon-rich items in their soil. Gardeners consider nitrogen-rich items ″green,″ and leaves, coffee filters, and twigs to be ″brown″ matter.

The green items create the heat and energy in a compost pile that helps break down the brown items. Greens also provide a hospitable environment for bacteria to flourish. Thus, the heat generated by coffee grounds will help speed the process of decomposition.

Worms Love Coffee Grounds

Worms also love coffee grounds in compost. Composters always rave at the incredible activity they witness when they add coffee grounds to their vermicomposting piles. Gardeners report that when they add coffee grounds to their compost, the worms appear more healthy and ready to lay eggs. This is the best news a composter can hear, because worms accelerate the composting process, as well. Accelerating the proliferation of worms in a compost environment will result in more and better soil for your garden.

Mushrooms Decompose Grounds

Gardeners who love mushrooms also use coffee grounds as a substrate for their mushrooms. You can purchase oyster mushroom kits, and then place the mycelium

Image: Brianna Privett/Flickr

Image: Brianna Privett/Flickr

in coffee grounds and also tealeaves. The fungi will help break down the grounds into usable soil, while providing you and your family with a tasty, protein-packed delicacy.

Starting Coffee Ground Compost

To start a standard coffee ground compost, you will want to begin with 40% grounds, 20% grass clippings, and 40% dried leaves (brown). Mix all of the ingredients and dampen them so that the pile is damp, but not sopping or soaking wet. You might find worms by digging in your yard or by asking a friend or neighbor if they have some extras in their compost piles. It is also possible to find worms for sale to fishermen. Wherever you manage to find them, add them directly to the compost pile with the coffee grounds and other ingredients, and let them get to work!

More Uses for Coffee Grounds Beyond Compost

While coffee grounds make for a great compost material, they are also said to have other important uses. Some gardeners claim that sprinkling coffee grounds around their plants keeps the slugs and snails at bay. Others claim that cats will avoid using garden beds as a litter box if you sprinkle coffee grounds around.

Creating a healthy garden is a snap for coffee lovers. Saving the daily grounds and mixing them in a compost pile will speed the success of your flowers and food-bearing plants. If you need more coffee grounds for compost purposes, you might talk to your local coffee shop to see if they offer their leftover grounds to the public. Just a few pounds of coffee grounds should set your compost pile well on its way!

Your Favorite Coffee Flavors Taste Even Better as Coffee Smoothies

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It’s that time of year: the flowers are blooming, the night is losing its chill, and the birds are filling the mornings with song. Soon, it will be summertime. We love the warm weather, but drinking hot coffee on an equally hot day isn’t necessarily the most refreshing experience. And yes, we’ve heard those dubious rumors that drinking a steaming cup of java on a hot day can actually cool you down, but our money’s on cold brew, or better yet, coffee smoothies!

Coffee smoothies are the ideal warm-weather pick-me-up. They’re a frosty morning treat that will give you your daily jolt of caffeine, and you can mix in all sorts of healthy extras, taking your coffee smoothie to the next level.

Making a Coffee Smoothie? Start With Good Cold Brew

Any great coffee smoothie starts with good cold brew coffee. In a pinch, you can toss a spoon into the freezer and pour hot coffee over it to avoid melting all of your ice, but that only does so much. You still end up with tepid, watered-down cold brew. So let’s do this the right way. Though it requires some preparation, in the end, it’s totally worth it.

Start the cold brew for your coffee smoothie the night before with your favorite coffee beans, coarse ground. Add 1 part beans to every four parts water, put the mixture in a mason jar, and whip that bad boy into the refrigerator. Now go to sleep.

Yay! It’s tomorrow already. Get your mason jar out of the fridge, and use a fine strainer to filter out all the grounds. That’s it. Easy peasy. The first step of your coffee smoothie is complete!

It’s Coffee Chocolate Banana Smoothie Time

Now that you’ve made pro-level cold brew, you’re ready to make coffee smoothies. Let’s start with a classic: chocolate and bananas.

Mix 16 oz of chocolate milk or soymilk with two ounces of that strong cold brew we just made. Add a big banana or two small ones into the mix. Toss in a tablespoon of chia seeds, and blend to perfection. Serves two.

Fresh made Banana Milkshake

Vanilla Protein Blaster, Including Coffee Smoothie!

This version of a coffee smoothie is an excellent pre-workout drink. Make your vanilla protein shake as usual. Hemp and soy protein will do in a pinch, but we find that whey provides optimum results for this recipe. Add two tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt for some extra muscle fuel, and blend in half a cup of cold brew. Bam! Your coffee smoothie just got pumped up!

Tropic Lightning Coffee Smoothies

For this coffee smoothie recipe, you’ll need a cup of pineapple chunks (canned or fresh), 5oz light coconut milk, 3oz cold brew, 1oz of water, and some ice cubes, just for extra frostiness. Blend it all together, and voila: a pina colada with some serious kick!

The Wicked Green Speed Machine

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We know what you’re thinking: coffee smoothie that includes green juice? Come on. But don’t be frightened. This particular coffee smoothie is going to turn out great.
Here’s what we’re tossing into the blender:

  • A cup of cold brew
  • Two cups of rainbow chard, juiced
  • ¼ cup of rice milk
  • Two heaping tablespoons raw cocoa powder
  • Your sweetener of choice
  • A dash of vanilla extract
  • A tray full of ice cubes

Fire up the blender, and when you’re done, you’ll have a phytonutrient-rich super drink that will also give you a nice caffeine kick. We know this coffee smoothie might look a bit questionable, but just go with it. See? It’s great.