1/2 medium mason jar of cold brew coffee (I just make these up on the weekend for the whole week. The need to be made 24-48 hours a head of time.)
1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa slurry (I keep a mason jar of that in the fridge, too.)
3 Packets of Sweet-n-Low (or whatever sweetener you prefer, to taste)
1 pinch of salt
A few drops of pure vanilla, and pure peppermint (or whatever flavoring you prefer, to taste)
1/2 cup milk (or whatever milk substitute you prefer, to taste)
In the stein, pour your coffee (I filter mine through a fine-mesh strainer because that’s faster than a coffee filter), and mix in the cocoa slurry, stirring until the cocoa is completely dissolved. Fill the stein with ice. Over the ice pour the sweetener, the salt, vanilla, peppermint, and/or whatever flavoring you like. Lastly, pour in the milk, and let it dissolve naturally. I love to watch this process, and I really do think it tastes better than stirring in the milk.
I’m a coffee lover. I am, really. I love coffee. I just love it, all of it, every part of it.
I love how it’s made, and where it comes from. I love that coffee starts as a seed and grows into a cherry that contains a bean that is harvested by farmers in different countries all over the world. These farmers take great pride in their craft to grow high-quality beans with rich, diverse, exciting flavors….
If you read the headline to this article and said “Yes!” then we are kindred spirits. To those of us out there who are serious coffee drinkers, we know that coffee can be a real addiction. You’re often thinking about where your next cup is coming from even as you’re still drinking your current one. While not the worst of vices, one can still argue that coffee is a vice - studies never seem to clearly conclude whether coffee is healthful or harmful, and if you’re someone who gets your coffee from cafes rather than making it at home, it can become a pricey addiction. A new app is seeking to solve at least one of those problems. Cups originated in Israel, and is now debuting in Manhattan. The app allows you to buy a subscription to unlimited coffee at a number of affiliated cafes for $45 a month. For those of you who are fancier, $85 a month gets you access to unlimited lattes and other espresso based beverages. Manhattan coffee drinkers, I’ll wait …
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