Cold Brewed Coffee and Mānuka Honey

CLARE COE

November 2nd 2022

Want to start your day off right with energy and focus? Add New Zealand UMF Mānuka honey to your routine. It’s delicious, healthy, and will help support your immune system, digestion, antioxidant levels, and much more!


Adding Mānuka honey to cold brewed coffee creates an excellent sweetness and a smooth texture. One of my favourite things to have in the morning is my cold brewed iced coffee with Mānuka honey. It not only gives me that energy boost from the coffee, but I also get my energy levels up from the creamy Mānuka honey. It makes me look forward to getting up and getting ready to start the day!


By adding Mānuka honey instead of refined sugar I know it’s going to be better for me! I love any chance to cut out refined sugar from my diet. While refined sugar is unhealthy, Mānuka honey contains vitamins and antioxidants that support your body which is why Mānuka honey as a substitute for refined sugar is gaining popularity all over the world.



Why Cold Brew over Hot Brewed Coffee


Cold brewed coffee just feels so smooth compared to hot brewed, as it’s never heated it doesn’t have the chance to taste burnt.  Brewing your coffee in cold water means it has a lower acidity which gives your coffee and smoother taste with less bitterness. Aditionally cold brew is much more versitile, you can enjoy a cold brew on ice with cold water, or on ice with milk for a creamier latte or even make yourself a coffee cocktail, how fun! 




3 Steps to Better Cold Brew at Home:


Getting the grind right. A larger grind keeps the brew from getting bitter overnight. If you’ve got a small home grinder, it’s best to grind the beans in batches. Brew your coffee overnight for the perfect brew. 

Use a high ratio of coffee to water when brewing, you can always add more water in later to get the perfect flavour for you. 

Must use ice cubes! Please don’t skip this step if you don’t have ice cubes in the house. Go get yourself an ice tray or a bag of pre-made ice cubes, you’’ll thank me later!




Ingredients you’ll need:


  1.    1 cup of coffee grounds
  2.    4 cups of cold water
  3.    1/4 cup of Manuka honey
  4.    1/4 cup of warm water
  5.    2 cups of any milk of your choice 
  6.    Ice cubes
  7.    Optional: whipped cream



Directions:


  1.   Mix the 1 cup of coffee grounds with your 4 cups of water in pitcher and refrigerate for at least 12 hours and as long as 48 hours.
  2.   Strain the coffee with a fine mesh sieve or coffee filter.
  3.   In a glass, mix the 1/4 cup of Manuka honey with the 1/4 cup of warm water to make a quick and simple syrup. 
  4.   Stir until the Manuka honey is completely dissolved.Pour 1 cup of the cold brew coffee over ice in a large glass, then add 2 tablespoons of the honey syrup and 1/2 cup of the milk. Stir and enjoy!
  5.   Optional: Add whipped cream and a drizzle of Manuka honey on top for a decadent treat, Yum!



How can we help support the Bees?


One of the easiest ways we can all help the bees in planting Bee friendly plants, Bee’s need food and in doing so, help pollinate our food. Apiculture have some great information on how you and your family can help the bees on their website https://apinz.org.nz/how-can-i-help-bees/ 


Here are some of the ways we like to help the tiny super heroes:
 
  • Plant bee-friendly plants
  • Provide shelter for bees
  • Have shallow water available
  • Help bees in need with sugar water
  • Buy honey and support your local beekeeper
  • Do not mow the lawns as often


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