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CAN CONCENTRATED COFFEE LEAD TO…
There have been lots of studies done on the effects of coffee on health. Depending on where you look (or perhaps, who funded the study) the effects may be deemed beneficial or detrimental. Some animal experiments, for example, show that caffeine may reshape the biochemical environment inside the brain in ways that could stave off dementia.
In 2012, researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami conducted a study on humans that tested for the levels of caffeine in older adults who were showing early indications of serious forgetfulness, a common antecedent to Alzheimer’s disease. These participants were then re-evaluated two or four years later. Participants with little measurable caffeine in their bloodstreams were much more likely to have progressed to full-blown Alzheimer’s than those whose blood indicated they’d had about three cups’ worth of caffeine. That being said, it is possible that it’s not the caffeine in coffee, but other ingredients that may be affecting such outcomes.
In any case, if you choose to drink coffee, start with organic beans. Coffee is more heavily treated with chemicals than any other food commodity in the world. Organic coffee isproduced without the use of artificial chemical substances, such as pesticides and herbicides.
How you brew your coffee can also be important. Cold brew coffee is 70% less acidic than hot-brewed coffee, which makes it an ideal choice for people who can’t drink coffee because they have sensitive stomachs. Cold brewed coffee is not ready-to-drink coffee. It’s a coffee extract made with coffee and water, and should be diluted before serving. Let’s take a look at how to make it.
COLD BREWED COFFEE
For hundreds of years, coffee has been one of most popular beverages on earth.
Yield: 3 cups concentrate (6 servings)
Coffee grinder Nut milk bag
1 cup organic coffee beans, coarsely ground 4 cups purified water
Put the coffee and water in a half-gallon size glass jar, stir with a non-metal spoon and cover. Place the jar in the refrigerator for 12-16 hours.
Strain the coffee mixture through a mesh nut milk bag or cheesecloth. Discard or compost the coffee grounds left in the bag. Transfer the cold-brewed coffee syrup to sealed jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 8-10 days.
To serve, dilute 4 ounces of cold-brewed coffee with 4 ounces boiling water. Use less boiling water if you prefer a stronger beverage.
VARIATION To make a cold-brewed latte, dilute 4 ounces of cold-brewed coffee with 4 ounces hot, non-dairy milk.
You’ll be surprised how different the cold brewed coffee tastes from the traditional hot brew method. This may affect your choice of beans in the future.
While this recipe suggests steeping your coffee grounds in the refrigerator, some coffee connoisseurs prefer brewing at room temperature.
You may also prepare your cold-brew coffee concentrate by using a French press. This method has the added benefit of a built-in filter mechanism.
Using a cold-brewed concentrate makes enjoying ice-coffee a snap. No more brewing hot coffee, cooling and storing it. Simply add ice to your concentrate and you’re done!
Finally, instead of reaching for the sugar, stir in just a pinch of unrefined salt into your brewed beverage (especially if you’re drinking it iced). This will help curb bitterness.