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DIY Foamy Cold Brew Coffee

DIY Foamy Cold Brew Coffee

This summer will be remembered as the Addicted to Cold Brew Summer. For a lot of moms I know, iced coffee is a way of life- it’s a meal replacement, a well-deserved treat and the only way ALL THE THINGS are going to get done, every day.

Shout out to my iced coffee swigging sisters out there. 

 This summer, I tried many cold brews and honestly didn’t find a bad one. But Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew (it’s aerated with nitrogen and served via tap so it looks like Guinness when first served and has a creamy foam top and it has such a crazy caffeine content that they will not serve you a venti) really stole my heart. But at nearly $5 for 12 ounces, I’d be ok with a little less nitrogen and a little creative reuse.                                                                                                                               

So I asked myself, how is this garden girl going to get that cold, foamy brew with a price tag I can get on board with?  The answer was right in my garage.  

A brand-new, in the box, deck sprayer.  

 I bought it for fertilizer but hadn't gotten around to it yet

I bought it for fertilizer but hadn't gotten around to it yet

After removing it from the box, I rinsed it with warm soapy water, let it air dry and went about my highly-caffeinated business.  

I purchased a cold brew coffee bag from Brandless for $ 3 (going to try Trader Joe’s version next) and popped it into the deck sprayer, poured in the required 42 ounces of cold water, cranked on the lid and then let it sit and marinate for 24 hours.  

After 24 hours, I removed the coffee bag with a pair of tongs re-screwed the lid and pumped the deck sprayer until it was ready to spray. 

I recommend a tall cup, with ice in it, because that cold brew is going to come SHOOTING OUT of the applicator wand like nobody’s business. You can adjust the flow rate at the tip of the wand but it’s going to be a little wild, regardless...

You can then fit the whole deck sprayer in the fridge if you’re industrious, but I’d recommend this whole cold brew coffee experiment for brunches and get-togethers where you and your guests can finish it all in one sitting, letting the deck sprayer rest in a big bucket of clean ice. (Not because it goes bad or bitter, it does not, but just because storage is a little on the logistical-nightmare end of the spectrum.) 

If you indeed want to keep it on hand, it stays good for nearly 2 weeks, refrigerated.  

Bonus party trick: shoot the coffee right into a willing participants mouth

Extra bonus party trick: Shoot the cold brew over a tall cup filled with vanilla bean ice cream  

Extra-extra party trick: Make compostable straws by jamming a knitting needle through lengths of fennel  

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