I drink kind of a lot of coffee. Specifically since starting a “normal” office job, I’ve gotten into the habit of drinking 3-4 cups per day. I know this doesn’t qualify me for full-on “coffee addict” status (I think my mom used to drink, like, 8 cups a day), but I definitely take advantage of the unlimited free coffee that working in an office affords. And I’m often the person ordering coffee after dinner – or even with dinner. I’ve never been kept awake by coffee, or gotten jittery from it or anything. I just love the taste.
I was always saying, “I should drink less coffee” and even, at one point, gave up drinking it because Piero convinced me it was really bad for me. (This was several years ago, when I still believed everything he said.) BUT! There’s new research! And it shows that your life expectancy increases when you drink more coffee – maxing out at 4 cups a day and then declining again if you drink any more than that. But 4 cups a day is apparently perfectly acceptable – actually even better than just drinking 1 or 2 cups. I’m gonna live forever…
Fun fact about coffee: apparently, it was supposed to have been discovered by an Ethiopian farmer who noticed that his goats got all hyper after eating these particular berries. He was like, “My damn goats won’t go to sleep,” and took the berries to a local monastery and the monks made the berries into a drink and were like, “This is awesome! We can stay up reading scriptures and stuff forever!” And thus coffee was born. (This information is gleaned from an episode of the Stuff You Should Know podcast, so I take no responsibility for the accuracy.)
In the summer, I tend to cut back on my coffee intake because of the heat, and I never seemed to be able to make good iced coffee at home. But then I found this really great way to cold brew coffee overnight in your fridge! I find it tastes a lot better than hot coffee that is poured over ice. I’ve sweetened the coffee here with condensed milk, but you could also use almond milk or coconut milk and either would be delicious!
Cold Brewed Coffee with Sweetened Condensed Milk
Recipe adapted from Thug Kitchen
- 3.5 cups cold water
- 1 cup ground coffee
- Sweetened condensed milk, to taste
- Measure the water into a container with a tight-fitting lid (a mason jar works well). Add the coffee grounds, seal the jar, and shake the mix well, making sure to remove any dry pockets of grounds. Let sit in the fridge overnight, or for at least 8 hours.
- The next day, strain the coffee out with a fine sieve. Optionally, strain again through a coffee filter.
- Serve over ice, stirring in sweetened condensed milk to taste.